‘Three Days In August’ Reader Making Rounds With New Book, ‘LEADING FROM BEHIND’

Six months after he heaped so much praise on my book, Three Days In August, Richard Miniter is getting a lot of praise for his just-released book, Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide For Him.

In February, the award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author, read Three Days In August, the book in which I chronicled the life story and wrongful conviction of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, and shot back with the much-appreciated words below:

“Well-written and thoroughly researched, Three Days In August paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.”

In conjunction with his book’s official release Tuesday, Richard is making the rounds to talk about it’s details.  According to his website, it is the first to explore President Barack Obama’s abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. So far, the reviews and media attention appear positive.

I look forward to reading Richard’s book and recommend you order a copy, too.  And, while you’re at it, order a copy of Three Days In August, the book Richard liked so much.

Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.  In addition, my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is set for release this fall was released May 2013.  Please check it out, too!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Is Green Beret’s Story Too Hot for Editors at Stars and Stripes?

On Nov. 21, I was interviewed by John Vandiver, a Stuttgart-based reporter for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper published continuously since 1942 for members of the U.S. military community in Europe.  The subject of the interview was my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, which chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart.

Near the end of my interview with Vandiver, he told me, “I really appreciate you taking some time to talk about the book and the case, so we can have a story out shortly about the efforts of Kelly to have a retrial.”  I was hopeful.

During the 98 days since that interview took place, several well-respected writers and journalists have shared their opinions about the book.  For instance:

Richard Miniter

Richard Miniter, the award-winning investigative journalist, New York Times best-selling author, radio host, public speaker and frequent world traveler, read the book and described it as “Well-written and thoroughly researched” before adding that it “paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.”

American Legion New Media Editor Mark Seavey, himself an Army combat veteran, read the book and used 1,700 words to explain his conclusion that Stewart “was railroaded by German protection laws”; and

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller, best-selling author and founder of AtlasShrugs.com, read the book and published a glowing review which included this harsh conclusion:  “What emerges is a picture of a military establishment that is cowed by political correctness to the extent that it is even willing to throw our fighting men and women to the wolves to appease the left.

For some reason, however, Stripes hasn’t published Vandiver’s article.

On Feb. 21, Vandiver forwarded bad news in the most recent of many email exchanges since the interview.  His editors had told him they “need a more solid news development in order for the story to run” and, as a result, he’s “in a holding pattern until the hearing is held on Kelly’s appeal request.”

Apparently, the publication of a book that essentially shreds the government’s case against a soldier is either not considered “newsworthy enough” by Stripes editors or it’s simply too hot for them to publish.  I suspect the latter.

It could be that Stripes editors are intentionally suppressing the story in an attempt to maintain good relations with German government officials while keeping U.S. military personnel in the dark about the case, the details of which might cause them to think, “That could’ve been me!”

Alternatively, it could be because Vandiver, through no fault of his own, was not able to land interviews with key players — because none of the players on either side are talking — or obtain a copy of the Record of Trial which I was able to get. As the appeal process approaches another important milestone, none of the key players — including, on the advice of his attorney, Stewart — are talking.

Regardless of what Stripes editors choose to report about Stewart’s case, you don’t have to wait to find out what really happened.  You can make your own judgments based upon never-before-published details of the case found only in my book, Three Days In August.

Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

Reviewer Wonders If Movie Deal Could Be In Book’s Future

The positive reviews of my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, keep pouring in from across the globe!  Today, I received a review via email from Jane Van Ryan in suburban Washington, D.C.  Her words appear below:

Jane Van Ryan

Author Bob McCarty tells a searing story of a perversion of justice. Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart swore to protect his country only to suffer indignity at the hands of a military court. In this classic case of he said/she said, it is clear that “the system” abrogated its responsibility to a man in uniform at the pinnacle of his career because it was more interested in political correctness than the truth. This book is an excellent read for everyone who supports our troops. Could a movie be in McCarty’s future?

I respect Van Ryan’s opinion for many of the same reasons I respect that of Richard Miniter, who recently offered a glowing review of the book.

Like Miniter, Van Ryan is an author [See The Seduction of Miss Evelyn Hazen].  In addition, however, her diverse career in media has included work as an award-winning broadcast journalist — including several years experience in Washington, D.C. — and more than two decades of success as a communications executive.  In short, she knows how to communicate.

Thanks, Jane, for the kind words!  And, yes, a movie could very well be in this book’s future.  Stay tuned for details!

Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

NY Times Best-Selling Author Praises ‘Three Days In August’

Richard Miniter, the award-winning investigative journalist, best-selling author, radio host, public speaker and frequent world traveler, informed me weeks ago that he had finished reading my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice.  Today, however, he made time in his busy schedule to offer some words he said I could use to promote the book:

Richard Miniter

“Well-written and thoroughly researched, Three Days In August paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.” – Richard Miniter

Coming from a guy like Miniter, those words mean a lot. After all, he’s the author of two New York Times bestsellers on terrorism — Losing Bin Laden and Shadow War: The Untold Story of How America is Winning the War on Terror — and his latest book, Mastermind, is the first biography of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – who planned the Sept. 11 attacks and virtually every other major Al-Qaeda attack.

You can read more about Miniter and/or purchase his books at RichardMiniter.com.

Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.