The author, Win Davis, is located in Florida. Men of Schiff: A History of the Professional Scouters Who Built the Boy Scouts of America, is his first work for publication.
He is a former professional Scouter, retired attorney, retired Air Force officer and lives with his miniature schnauzer, Pepper.
An Eagle Scout, the author has been a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America for more than sixty years, as Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Scoutmaster, Sea Scout Skipper, Commissioner, Commodore and other positions too numerous to mention. He spent five years as a professional Scouter and attended the National Executive Institute at Schiff Scout Reservation in 1970, which gives him a unique perspective on Boy Scouting. He was fortunate enough to meet and talk with many Scouting notables and non notables. Win had the privilege of being a personal friend of William L. “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt during the last years of his long life. He has traveled and met Scouters from all around the world, professional and non professional.
As a longtime, dedicated Scouter, Win has felt for some years that this is a book that needed to be written, believing that it would appeal to many readers who were never a part of Scouting and never knew any professional Scouters. Certainly, those who have known and worked with these dedicated men and women will recognize their dedication and love of Scouting. Perhaps the reader will share the author's interest in the historical aspects of the early years of Boy Scouting in the United States. These “Men of Schiff” built a movement out of nothing but a book written by an English general, the interest of boys and the willingness of men like fictional Lem Siddons of MacKinlay Kantor’s great book For God and My Country, later a movie called Follow Me, Boys to take on the job of teaching boys to love the outdoors and live comfortably there.
Shortly after deploying for the war in Iraq, an unprecedented attack was about to take place; the first of it's kind in U.S. military history. Embedded Enemy is the true story of the deadly attack against the men and women of Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. The Bastogne Brigade was staged at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait where they prepared for combat.
During the early morning hours of 23 March 2003, a fellow American soldier, Sergeant Hasan Akbar, executed the unthinkable by throwing hand grenades into his Chain of Command's tents. He then followed up with small-arms fire while his Commanding Officers slept in preparation for war.
FROM THE AUTHOR: "What follows here, just a brief insight into Pain and Purpose in the Pacific. This book did not begin with the idea of a chronology of the battles of the Pacific War, although an overview is included. But instead it was intended to be a brief account of the battles on Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa as I retrace the travels of one Marine from the farmland of Minnesota to Japan and back. Carl J. Johnson spent 30 months in the Pacific. Four of those months were in bitter combat on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. He is my uncle. I have been blessed to travel, & to spend time at many of the places he traveled during World War II. My travels didn’t stop there.
As a Continental Airlines pilot based in Guam, now retired and having lived on Saipan, I have had the opportunity over a seven year period to visit other islands that were the scene of horrific battles of World War II. In addition to Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, I will mention a few of them. Included are Guam where I was based during the closing years of my airline career; also Belau, which is Palau, and includes Peleliu. Included too in this book are Iwo Jima, Corregidor and the Philippines. In my travels beyond Hawaii and Pearl Harbor, which was my introduction into the Pacific, were Yap, and Truk, which is Chuuk, and Pohnpei in the Carolines. And I’ve spent time in Japan."
Founded shortly after the dawn of the 20th century, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) championed the forging of a stronger national citizenry by molding the good character of idle Progressive Era youth. But it was not alone as competition loomed from numerous other organizations formed with similar objectives in mind. To escape the pack, BSA officials sought a dramatic national publicity coup.
That objective came to fruition in February 1911 when well-heeled BSA managers met with President William Howard Taft in the Oval Office of the White House and garnered his critical personal endorsement and coveted sponsorship as the organization s first honorary president thus beginning BSA's century-long symbiotic relationship with the most powerful executive office in the land.
My Fellow Americans reveals the many fascinating Scouting stories behind each U.S. president s association with the Boy Scouts of America from Theodore Roosevelt through Barack H. Obama. And it details each chief executive's important contributions towards the building of the American Scouting movement as the country traveled a path toward historic national inclusionary domestic policies.
My Fellow Americans is the perfect companion for every proud citizen who seeks a better understanding of how BSA successfully shaped and developed over 115 million duty-driven and service-oriented young people during the past century through its unique and influential partnership with nineteen consecutive presidents of the United States.
Warriors, educators, an aerospace pioneer, a Catholic saint...100 + Native American Women Who Changed the World is a stellar collection of historical and contemporary women of Indigenous heritage who have contributed to the survival and success of their families, communities--and the United States of America.
"...a well-researched and comprehensive representation of our Indigenous mothers, sisters, daughters and friends."-- LaDonna Harris (Comanche), President and Founder, Americans for Indian Opportunity
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An award-winning poet, Van Putten’s latest work is entitled, Healing History: Reflections of Race and Forgiveness in Prose and Poetry (KEPHRA PUBLICATIONS, 2013). Weaving narrative and verse in a scholarly and artistic exploration of historical events and contemporary quandaries, readers are invited to learn, think and reflect. The book’s poetic flow is captivating and spiritual, drawing one thoughtfully through the depths of the emotional challenges posed by the intellectual force of its subject matter. Van Putten gives voice to a present-day call for freedom – a call not to forget the past, but to remember its lessons, and to engage in necessary forgiveness in order to heal from the deep fissures of race. Therein, she posits, lies the path to true liberation for us all.
The beginning of the famous "Nine Days in May" battles of the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam and the heroes who fought them. The early fire fights and battles of one of the most highly decorated battalions of the Vietnam War. Eyewitness accounts of boys become men as they recount the riveting events of fire fights, human wave attacks, hand-to-hand combat, overrun units, survivors, sacrifice, and four Medals of Honor.
While multiple books, providing detailed information on Pearls and other fine jewels or Gems, have previously been published. None of these have ever provided the information from Abalone - Zooplankton of pearls and in the same depth and detail as Pearls of Creation does. This non-fiction, easy-to-read text-book style format is intended to help you to increase your knowledge of, interest in and love, of Pearls. Dive right in and discover all the latest information available on the Pearl farm industry at your fingertips. This book features up-to-date, verified information, acquired from many sources, including the 6 incredible, world renowned Pearl Farms highlighted in the book.
In Jesus The Jew No One Knows D. C. Smith reintroduces history’s most misunderstood Messiah. He presents the Torah-observant teacher, accompanied by classical artwork and concise explanations, to show what actually happened to him both before and after Christianity took root in Roman-occupied Judea. Using a carefully drawn out series of historical segments, Smith peels back 2,000 years of revisionist distortions to uncover the many myths and made-up stories about a local rabbi we now think of as “Jesus,” but whose real name was Joshua. Smith informs us about Christ’s birthplace, his mother, father, brothers and Nazarene neighbors, as he describes a peasant existence exalted and overdramatized after-the-fact. He shares the circumstances of a teenage boy growing up in Lower Galilee, noting the race, tribe and lineage he would have belonged to, while explaining the political meaning behind his parables and the baffling behavior of his closest disciples.
The author also considers narcissistic emperors and kings who reigned during those ancient days and recounts the new prophet’s religious calling, along with aristocratic “enemies” and so-called “friends” who claimed to have witnessed what was going on. In the third and final part of the story Smith exposes his hideouts, his last supper, his betrayer, the Roman judge who sentenced him, and the eventual crucifixion, all of which were followed by church doctrines regarding his resurrection and second coming.
Replete with biblical timelines and a comprehensive glossary, Jesus the Jew No One Knows is a visual journey into the day-to-day life of Jesus Christ. It chronicles how the truth about him was either covered up or set aside and how later theological traditions were passed down over the centuries by Greek-speaking ghost writers with suspect agendas. From start to finish, this remarkable book separates fact from fantasy in reconstructing the historical Jesus and the turbulent times in which he lived. It is a must read for inquisitive people of all faiths and for secular humanists, too!