Rough War

Rough War

by Walt Shiel
     
 

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Battle fatigue...shell shock...PTSD... Terminology changes. The pain remains.

Paul Eastman, a small-town Wisconsin boy turned P-40 fighter pilot, lands in the jungles of Assam and Burma in 1943. Lt. Eastman's compelling story, gleaned from his diary and letters home and illustrated with his personal photos, provides unique insights into the realities of… See more details below

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Battle fatigue...shell shock...PTSD... Terminology changes. The pain remains.

Paul Eastman, a small-town Wisconsin boy turned P-40 fighter pilot, lands in the jungles of Assam and Burma in 1943. Lt. Eastman's compelling story, gleaned from his diary and letters home and illustrated with his personal photos, provides unique insights into the realities of combat life and death, punctuated by love and concern for the wife he left behind. Author Walt Shiel skillfully interleaves an informative history of the broader war into Eastman's personal accounts.

Eastman evolves from an innocent abroad to a fatalistic combat veteran -- through missions that careen from mundane to adrenalin-fueled in a single heartbeat and through the humor, revelry, camaraderie, fatigue, and death that surround daily life. And through the "soul-numbing terror" of being shot down behind enemy lines. Like warriors before and after him, Eastman's war does not end after his 20 months of combat. After a decade of struggling to adapt, he finally takes his own life in a poignant episode that could be lifted from today's headlines.

Paul Eastman's war is, indeed, a 'Rough War.'

Read Eastman's story, then give thanks to the veterans, past and present, who fight and die to preserve our freedoms.

'Rough War': Finalist, 2012 USA Best Book Awards and 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!

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Editorial Reviews

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/aug_11.htm#Military - Midwest Book Review
'Rough War' is a war biography from Walt Shiel...Fighting in a lesser known front of China, India, and Burma, he tells a story of a man pulled away from life and the struggles of survival where one wrong move could mean a fate worse than death. Rough War is a riveting war story, Highly recommended.
http://www.mwsadispatches.com/node/121 - Military Writers Society of America
The author does a superb job summarizing events happening in the overall war, and within Eastman's theater of combat, alongside Eastman's personal experiences...both entertaining and educational...should be included as recommended reading somewhere in an officer's professional military education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016697666
Publisher:
Slipdown Mountain Publications LLC
Publication date:
04/27/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
274
File size:
11 MB
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