Ken Wiley

1 D-Days in the Pacific With the US Coastguard

Author : Ken Wiley
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2010-02-15
Description :  Winner of the 2008 Foundation for Coast Guard History Book Award The images of soldiers and marines coming ashore on hostile shores are embedded in our collective memory of World War II. But what of the sailors who manned the landing craft, going back and forth under fire with nowhere to take cover, their craft the special targets of enemy gunners? In this book, Ken Wiley, a Coast Guardsman on an Attack Transport in the Pacific, relates the intricate, often nerve wracking story of how the United States projected its power across 6,000 miles in the teeth of fanatical Japanese resistance. Each invasion was a swirl of moving parts, from frogmen to fire support, transport mother ships to Attack Transports, the smaller Higgins boats (LCVPs), and during the last terrifying stage the courageous men who would storm the beaches. The author participated in the campaigns for the Marshall Islands, the Marianas the Philippines and Okinawa, and with a precise eye for detail relates numerous aspects of landing craft operations, such as ferrying wounded, that are often discounted. He conveys the terror and horrors of war, as well as, on occasion, the thrill, while not neglecting the humor and cameraderie of wartime life. An exciting book, full of harrowing combat action, D Days in the Pacific also provides a valuable service in expanding our knowledge of exactly how World War II’s massive amphibious operations were undertaken.

2 The Gold Star Mother and the White Cliffs of Dover

Author : Ken Wiley
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-07-21
Description :  "For a Dream Cometh" is a moving, bittersweet look back at a lost time, when college students were concerned with nothing more than next weekend's social calendar, when the real world still remained out of the ivory tower. Those were the college days before the era of student unrest, activism, and turmoil recreated again in "For a Dream Cometh." Through the eager eyes of Deborah Dorcas Ames, a young music student, the reader becomes part of what college used to be like. Deborah is the shy, quiet daughter of a fundamentalist minister and his prim, cold wife. She dreams of college as the one place to find the glory, the love and the friends she has so far lacked all her life. A country girl, she has broken away from tradition by going to college. She wants desperately to break away even more by becoming a concert pianist, despite the objections of her father who wishes her to be a church organist. Deborah plunges eagerly into classes and music lessons and at first only looks on hungrily at the busy social life around her. She despairs at her lack of friends, especially a boyfriend, as her freshman year is handicapped by her father's warnings against dancing, card playing, or drinking. She suffers over a few crushes, then slowly discovers boys are as easy to talk to as to girls. Once she overcomes the teachings drilled into her by her stern father, she even learns to dance. She joins a sorority, and her social life improves. Soon Deborah is spending fewer Friday and Saturday nights dateless and anguished. After dating a number of boys, she meets Roger who makes her feel beautiful and loved. They enjoy the whirl of college social activities and especially treasure their moments alone together, for their future after Deborah's graduation looks uncertain. "For a Dream Cometh" is a book for all generations--for all who remember a world such as Deborah lived in, and for those who today are still struggling to assert themselves in an often harsh world.

3 The Way I Saw It

Author : Ken Wiley
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-07-21
Description :  The author writes about the things he knows best; the mid-twentieth century, the environment of that great generation, the unity and dedication that they had, the 15 million plus boys who fought World War II, and the hundreds of stories that they had each day. The stories in the book were selected to give the reader an idea of what he saw over that six year period. Being only fourteen when war was declared on Europe and only sixteen when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he saw how the war affected those at home before he joined the combat overseas. Fortunately, because he was assigned as a Cox'n of an LCVP on an Attack Transport, he saw a lot of different places while island hopping across the Pacific. This series of short stories covers a wide range of time and environmental change. The little town is the author's hometown of Itasca, Texas. It will never leave his thoughts, just like the thirty-two young boys from his school, including one of his brothers and four classmates from the class of '42, who never came back.

4 The Fatted Cats

Author : Ken Wiley
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-07-09
Description :  America emerged from post-World War II as the most powerful and economically affluent country in the world. Poverty lessened, unemployment rates declined, and socially, America was truly the land of freedom, hope, and equal opportunity. The relaxation of the rigid rules that had won the war for us opened the door for greedy, self-centered individuals to take advantage of us. This is a story of those Fatted Cats: the dynasty of the government and industry cartel that controlled the economy with power, corruption, and immortality for nearly half a century. The focus of the story is a young man climbing the ladder of success, who falls reluctantly into the whirlwind of an executive's life with the Fatted Cats. He is quick to learn that nothing, not even murder, stands in the way of their purposes. Amid the corruption, he still manages to bring millions of dollars of business into his corporation and is rewarded appropriately. Despite this, he feels his family slipping away. After pursuing a trail of murder and intrigue around the world, he is faced with rebuke, disgrace, and peril in his and his family's life. With seemingly no escape, this book is a thriller from the start and is based upon many facts about corporate America in that great time period.

5 Shadows of the Past

Author : Ken Wiley
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-07-21
Description :  The parallels between economy, religion, social issues, and world environment of the twenty-first century are very similar to those of the 1930s and 1940s. Economically, unemployment, poverty, and inflation were at their lowest points in history in 1939. What destroyed us then is threatening to destroy us now. In 1939, with the dark clouds of destruction rolling around the world, religion was at its peak. As a unified America, we responded as one nation under God and saved a nation about to lose their freedom. Miraculously, we diminished unemployment and poverty in a few short months. Details of how, when, and why this happened have explanations, and can help us today. With God's blessing, our economy flourished and we became the image of freedom, hope, and opportunity as the most powerful nation in the world. In 68 years, we have destroyed that image and put ourselves in a worse position. The dark clouds are rolling at us once again. The answer to our secular problems may surprise you, and those who have observed the decline will not dispute the evidence. First, we must re-establish the unity and dedication that we possessed in 1939 through 1946. Then we must apply the solutions that are guaranteed to work. There is a world in dire need. That is a vast market. We were created as a Christian nation. We must maintain a strong military force, but it is our responsibility to help others raise up to the level that God has raised us up to, before it becomes a war that could destroy the world.

6 72 Hours That Changed the World

Author : Ken Wiley
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-07-22
Description :  A shocking story of how Japan's "Special Attack" program would have destroyed America's ability to fight a war, reverse WWII, and plunge the world into World War III if there had been no atomic bomb in August, 1945. Revealing Japanese archives now publicized provide the missing link to an author who was there 71 years ago.



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