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Vet Steve Shaffer Wrote a Novel Based on His Vietnam War Experiences

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Steve Shaffer wanted to get something off his chest about his experiences in the Vietnam War. In "Reluctant But Ready" he does just that, taking readers on a fictional journey based on his years in the Navy during the conflict. "I had to change the names of the people closest to me and squadrons and ships, but other than that, the book is a realistic historical autobiography of the crazy things that occurred in Vietnam from 1968 to '71," sai... more

'Fight Club' Author Palahniuk in Car Crash

A semi trailer rolled over on a Washington state highway and collided with "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk's car, police said. The incident happened Friday morning on SR 14, near milepost 22, in front of Palahniuk's Washougal home, KGW-TV, Portland, Ore., reported. Palahniuk was in his car, parked in a driveway on the north side of the highway. The semi's driver took a curve too fast, tipping his trailer. The trailer slid toward Palahni... more

Navy Veteran Jimmy Carter Looks Back on 'A Full Life'

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Former President Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981 at 56 years old. Since leaving the White House, Carter and wife Rosalynn have channeled their time and energy into resolving conflicts, fighting disease and defending human rights around the globe. Carter also has carved out time to write. His new book out this week, "A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety," is his 29th. In this latest book, the... more

5 Best Movies Based on John Le Carre Books

5 Best Movies Based on John Le Carre Books

I've spent much of my reading life trying to figure it out: What is it about the work of John le Carre that draws me back to his books again and again? Le Carre (real name, David Cornwell), a former British spy turned best-selling novelist, is a master plotter - but so is Arthur Conan Doyle. He's a marvelous creator of dialogue - but so is Elmore Leonard. He is darkly hilarious in that dry, British manner - but so are any number of contempora... more

Special Forces Vet Uses Fiction to Tell Truth

All Necessary Force

A book currently on the New York Times' bestsellers list presents a classic example of how fiction can be an ideal way to get at thorny truths. "All Necessary Force," a novel by Brad Taylor, is an action-adventure yarn that pits America's best warriors against a top-echelon terrorist group bent on surpassing the 9/11 attacks. What makes it especially notable is that the author is a former member of the U.S. Army's most elite unit -- U.S. Army... more

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