Books

AN AMERICAN IN THE BASEMENT 1smAn American in the Basement

The Betrayal of Captain Scott Speicher and the Cover-Up of His Death

The ordeal of U.S. Navy Captain Michael Scott “Spike” Speicher, left to die after he was shot down over Iraq on January 17, 1991, is the latest in a chain of betrayals and cover-ups that have cost many an American serviceman his life. Now, Speicher’s story can finally be told in all its sad and

sordid detail. An American in the Basement documents his shameful abandonment by our government, along with the history of America’s prisoners of war and missing in action, dating back to our nation’s beginnings, and revealing for the first time information that the American public was never meant to know.

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Norfolk Through Time

Photographs chosen for this volume are testament to the power of a picture is worth a thousand words. Each photograph tells a story of Norfolk through time, starting with the city center – the downtown – before going down to the river, revisiting the significance of the streetcar and the horseless carriage on the city’s development, moving into the wards, and, finally, a journey to the Chesapeake Bay on the city’s north shore. With over three centuries of rich history, and with so little intact of the city’s historic built environment, photographs are a priceless record of Norfolk, the sunrise city by the sea.

 

 

 

Fly Boys over Hampton Roads by Amy Waters Yarsinske

Flyboys over Hampton Roads

The story begins in the fall of 1915, on the cusp of America’s entry into World War I. Aviation giant Glenn Curtiss sought a location where pilots could train and aircraft could be tested year-round, and he found it in the warm winds and waters of Newport News, Virginia. There, daring young men and women in their flying machines flew on to fame and into history with their record-breaking flights and the tragic losses that were inevitable in early flight. Join military historian Amy Waters Yarsinske as she uses rare vintage photographs and a deft hand to narrate this astounding and often forgotten period in aviation history.

What’s been written about Flyboys Over Hampton Roads:

“Great research leads to a great book. This is both. Buy it and support the writers that tell us great aviation stories.” – Amazon review

 

 

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The Navy Capital of the World

Hampton Roads

From the famous Civil War Ironclads that clashed in its waters to the great battleships that gathered off Norfolk’s Sewell’s Point as part of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, the Hampton Roads region of Virginia has maintained a proud naval tradition.  Into the twentieth century, the maritime region has remained on the cutting edge of military technology as the nucleus for the birth of naval aviation and the trained site for scores of men who stormed the beaches of Europe and the Pacific during World War II.

 

 

 

No One Left Behind – The Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher Story

no-one-left-behindOn the opening eve of the Gulf War, an American pilot was shot down over Iraq. Two years later, the stunning discovery of the wreckage set of an investigation that, despite government insistence to the contrary, proved that the pilot had not only survived the crash, but was captured and might still be alive today…

Amy Waters Yarsinske, a former intelligence officer and POW/MIA expert, breaks the incredible true story of the first American pilot shot down during the Gulf War – found alive eleven years after his own government left him for dead. No One Left Behind was her first book on this critically important case that would shake the long-held perception that POW/MIA was synonymous with Vietnam.

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