Journalist Recognizes Difficulties Reporting on Military Justice

Journalists like John Vandiver, reporter for Stars & Stripes newspaper, recognize how difficult it can be to investigate a story like that of Kelly A. Stewart, the former Green Beret whose life is chronicled in my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice.

On Nov. 21, Vandiver interviewed me about the book and offered the keen observations below:

“As you’ve probably discovered during this process, it’s not always the easiest thing to deal with the military with respect to this stuff in terms of getting documents, transcripts or even information about hearings, things like that.

“It’s kind of an uphill battle sometimes to get that kind of stuff.  So, unless you’ve got a direct participant interested in sharing details about the case, it can be pretty challenging to get information.  That’s for sure.”

Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a copy of the actual Record of Trial from the court-martial proceedings during which Stewart was on trial, facing a possible life sentence.

For the complete story about the case, including never-before-published details likely to make your blood boil, order a copy of a Three Days In August.  It’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including

Note:  As soon as Stripes publishes the article based on the interview, I’ll publish a link to it here.

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