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Biographer of World War I Hero Alvin York Wins $5,000 Prize

Col. Douglas Mastriano, an instructor at the U.S. Army War College, visited Fort Benning April 22 to discuss the life and actions of famed World War I Soldier Alvin York. Mastriano has written a biography of York.

NEW YORK (AP) — A biographer of one of World War I's most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York , has won a $5,000 prize. Officials announced Wednesday that Col. Douglas V. Mastriano won the William E. Colby Award for " Alvin York : A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne." The award, founded in 1999 and presented by Connecticut-based Norwich University, is named for the late ambassador and ... more

How Phil Klay Wrote 'Redeployment'

Phil Klay, winner of the National Book Award for fiction, attends the 65th Annual National Book Awards on Nov. 19, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014.

The National Book Award prize for fiction came as a surprise to Phil Klay, who served as a Marine captain in Iraq, but not so much to two sergeants who worked for him in Anbar province. Klay’s short story collection “Redeployment” could be described as a fictional take on what has been endlessly recounted in other forms as the problems U.S. troops faced in Iraq and the problems when they returned home. The two sergeants thought otherwise. “W... more

Mark Owen Writes Follow-Up to 'No Easy Day'

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette ("Mark Owen") returns with the followup to "No Easy Day."

"No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL" (Dutton), by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer Mark Owen , a pseudonym for former U.S. Navy SEAL team member Matt Bissonnette , caused a stir with "No Easy Day," his firsthand account of a mission in Pakistan in 2011 that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death because he didn't get the book cleared by the Defense Department before publication. In his follow-up, "No Hero: T... more

When “Thank You For Your Service” Is Not Enough

Author Elizabeth Samet reads from "No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America" at Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington DC on November 11, 2014

West Point Professor Elizabeth Samet had a formidable task on Veterans’ Day in putting a question mark to the outpouring of “Thank Yous” to the troops. On the Mall in Washington, D.C., Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna and Metallica led a “Concert for Valor” and singalong from an estimated half million fans to the so-called “One Percent” – the 2.5 million who volunteered for the military after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011. Newspapers wer... more

Author of 'No Easy Day' Sues Ex-Attorneys

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NEW YORK (AP) — A former Navy SEAL who wrote a book describing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden sued his former lawyers Wednesday for malpractice, saying they gave him bad advice that tarnished his reputation, cost him his security clearance and caused him to surrender much of the book's income to the government. Using the pseudonym "Mark Owen" that he published the book under, Matt Bissonnette filed the lawsuit in feder... more

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