Monday, April 27, 2015

LEGEND By Eric Blehm

A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
By Eric Blehm 
For thirty years, the mission was kept classified...
but Roy Benavidez's courage was no secret.

"If the story of [Benavidez's] heroism were a movie script, you would not believe it."
--President Ronald Reagan

 "I fought beside and led U.S. Special Operations soldiers, sailors, and airmen during three wars - WWII, Korea, and Vietnam - including the men [of SOG] depicted in LEGEND. Never have I read a more powerfully honest, realistic or moving account of the war in Southeast Asia. Eric Blehm masterfully encapsulates the hearts of the men, their impossible mission, and the quagmire of politics of the era and wraps it up in a single bloody battle that portrays the American fighting man at his best."
--Major General John K. Singlaub, U.S. Army (ret.) 

Eric Blehm riveted readers with his New York Times bestseller Fearless, which tells the deeply moving story of Navy SEAL Team Six warrior Adam Brown. Nearly three years after publication, it continues to sell thousands of copies each month, with nearly 400,000 copies sold to date, and is being adapted for film as a major Hollywood release.

Now, on the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, in his new book LEGEND, Blehm recounts the harrowing, true story of another warrior: Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez, the legendary Green Beret who fought through more than thirty bullet, bayonet and shrapnel wounds to rescue his fellow soldiers in a now-declassified battle that continues to inspire new generations of heroes. It is the unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S. Army's 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret Staff Sergeant who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines.

In an interview, Eric Blehm can discuss:
  • One of the most legendary rescue missions in American military history, and why the story has never been told in its entirety until now.
  • How it could be that a Green Beret wounded more than 30 times while saving the lives of 8 of his fellow soldiers was not immediately awarded the Medal of Honor.
  • How the Vietnam War set the stage for the tactics, techniques, and procedures used in special operations missions today.
  • Significant comparisons between Roy Benavidez's life and that of fellow Texan Chris Kyle.
  • The critical lessons to be learned from Vietnam, and how they relate to our current and future wars.
  • The relationships Eric has built with America's Special Operations warriors whose stories are told in his books, and how it feels to be entrusted with their most intense, painful memories.
  • Why he has committed his professional life to sharing the stories of America's military heroes.
In LEGEND, acclaimed bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War, as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968. A twelve-man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia where U.S. forces were forbidden to operate. Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence that proved the North Vietnamese Army was using the Cambodian sanctuary as a major conduit for supplying troops and material to the south via the Ho Chi Minh Trail. What the team didn't know was that they had infiltrated a section of jungle that concealed a major enemy base. Soon they found themselves surrounded by hundreds of NVA, under attack, low on ammunition, stacking the bodies of the dead as cover in a desperate attempt to survive the onslaught. When Special Forces Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez heard the distress call, he jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone without hesitation.

Orphaned at the age of seven, Benavidez had picked cotton alongside his family as a child and dropped out of school as a teen before joining the Army. Although he was grievously wounded during his first tour of duty in Vietnam and told he would never walk again, Benavidez fought his way back - ultimately earning his green beret.

What followed would become legend in the Special Operations community. Flown into the foray of battle by the courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, Benavidez jumped from the hovering aircraft and ran nearly 100 yards through enemy fire. Despite being immediately and severely wounded, Benavidez reached the perimeter of the decimated team, provided medical care, and proceeded to organize an extraordinary defense and rescue. During the hours-long battle, he was bayoneted, shot, and hit by grenade shrapnel more than thirty times, yet he refused to abandon his efforts until every survivor was out of harm's way.

Written with extensive access to family members, surviving members of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, on-the-ground eye-witness accounts never before published, as well as recently discovered archival and declassified military records, in LEGEND, Blehm has created a riveting narrative both of Roy Benavidez's life and career, and of the inspiring, almost unbelievable events that defined the brotherhood of the air and ground warriors in an unpopular war halfway around the world. LEGEND recounts the courage and commitment of those who fought in Vietnam in service of their country, and the story of one of the many unsung heroes of the war whose actions would be scrutinized for more than a decade in a battle for a long overdue, and what many believe was an unjustly denied, Medal of Honor.

The case was reopened thirteen years later, in 1980, when a long lost - and believed dead - Green Beret eyewitness whom Benavidez had rescued that day, came forth and wrote a statement that revealed, once and for all, what happened on that fateful day in May of 1968.

About The Author: Eric Blehm is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. His first book, The Last Season, was the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, and was deemed by Outside magazine to be one of the "greatest adventure biographies ever written."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Black Book of the American Left - Volume 4 By David Horowitz

The Black Book of the American Left - Volume 4
Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews

New York Times best seller David Horowitz's monumental work, The Black Book of the American Left - Volume IV: Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews, is at once a sharp look at the dark heart of the left - an exploration of how conservatives must respond to its permanent assault on America, and a unique trip log showing the evolving intellectual journey of one of our bravest and most original thinkers. In his new book, Horowitz focuses on the holy war or jihad waged by totalitarian Islamists in their quest for a global empire.

In Volume IV of The Black Book series, Horowitz focuses on two interlocked issues. The First is the Islamic totalitarianism in America, particularly as it manifests itself on our college campuses. The Second part of this volume takes up the war waged against the U.S. and Israel and Jews in general by Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups. In addition to analyzing their bloodthirsty ideology, Horowitz shows how the genocidal cause of these groups has been taken up by campus radicals. In describing his own confrontations with radical Muslims on our campuses, Horowitz gives a sobering insight into how Islamists have become an increasingly powerful within.

  • Islamo-Fascism;
  • The Middle East Conflict; and
  • The Campus War Against the Jews.
Volume IV is comprised of front line dispatches from the holy war totalitarian Islamists are waging on America and the West. It recounts the campaign Horowitz organized to confront the growing presence of jihadists on American college campuses, where, in an unholy alliance with anti-American radicals, they use concepts such as "Islamophobia" to kill open discussion of radical Islam's oppression of women, its violence against homosexuals, its effort to annihilate other religions, and its long range goal of destroying democracy.

In the second half of Volume IV, Horowitz focuses on the Islamists' violent and hate-filled anti-Israel propaganda campaign on campus - anti-Semitism barely disguised - that amounts to a war against the Jews and against America itself by a Fifth Column that has acquired disturbing power in our political and intellectual life.

About the Author: David Horowitz is the bestselling author of numerous books including Unholy Alliance (2004), The Party of Defeat (2008) and Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left (2014). His Art of Political War (2000) was described by White House political strategist Karl Rove as "the perfect guide to winning on the political battlefield."  David is the founder and chairman of the David Horowitz Freedom Center which is dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

From Jailer to Jailed: #8 on the Conservative Book Club Bestseller List

From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054 by Bernard Kerik - See more at:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

From Jailer to Jailed By Bernard Kerik

The Explosive Memoirs of Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik: From Jailer to Jailed

Bernard Kerik, the controversial New York City police commissioner and bestselling author of The Lost Son shares the story of his fall from grace and the effects of his incarceration on his views of the American justice system in his new book, From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate.

Bernard Kerik was New York City's police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks and became an American hero as he led the NYPD through rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade Center. His resume as a public servant is long and storied and includes honors from President Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, and the NYPD's Medal for Valor for saving his partner in a gun battle. In 2004, Kerik was nominated by President George W. Bush to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Now, he is a former Federal Prison Inmate known as #84888-054. Convicted of tax fraud and false statements in 2007, Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison. Now for the first time, in this hard-hitting, raw and oftentimes politically incorrect memoir, he talks candidly about his time on the inside: the torture of solitary confinement, the abuse of power, the mental and physical torment of being locked up in a cage, and the powerlessness. With his newfound perspective, Kerik makes a plea for change and illuminates why our punishment system doesn't always fit the crime.

In From Jailer to Jailed, Bernard talks about: 
  • His transformation from Police Commissioner to Inmate # 84888-054;
  • "Losing Rudy," Giuliani, his former boss, partner and friend, and godfather to his children, and his involvement in the controversy;
  • Never-before-read stories of his time in prison and how the abuse he witnessed shaped his view of the U.S. corrections system;
  • His nomination for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, including his letter to the President for withdrawal from the nomination;
  • The myth of "paying one's debt to society" and shows how, in the current system, this debt is never repaid;
  • How the current justice system "monsterizes" young men of every race and ethnic background, thereby reducing their chances of ever fitting back into society; and
  • How frustratingly claustrophobic life is as a convicted felon - and how the current system affects an underclass of over 60 million felons.
In this extraordinary memoir, Kerik offers a riveting, one-of-a-kind perspective on the American penal system as he details life on the inside with the experience of an acclaimed correction commissioner from the outside. Bernard Kerik shares his fall from grace to incarceration, and turns it into an impassioned and singularly insightful rallying cry for criminal justice reform in a nation that he devoted his life to serving and protecting.

About the Author: Bernard B. Kerik was appointed the 40th police commissioner of New York City by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on August 21, 2000. Prior to his appointment, Kerik was Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. He served with the New York Police Department on both uniformed and plainclothes duty for eight years and was awarded the prestigious Medal of Valor, among many other awards for meritorious and heroic services. His stewardship of the department in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center brought him to national attention.