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War is hell…but sometimes it’s also funny as hell.
Combat and Other Shenanigans is Lieutenant Piers Platt’s firsthand account of his year as a cavalry platoon leader during the Iraq War. Wry, action-packed, and poignant, Combat and Other Shenanigans is the absurd-but-true story of the antics the world’s finest soldiers get up to when no one high-ranking is watching.
“Few war stories are both comical and serious, but this one-year memoir is unique.”
-Crystal Book Reviews
“An honest account of one officer's tour in Iraq. 5 stars.”
-John P. Jones
“Everything about Platt's writing felt authentic. I liked that his experiences really did translate from life to the page and into the reader's mind. Great read.”
-Texas Book Nook
Subjects: Iraq War, War Memoir, Humor, Funny, Military History, War on Terror, Biographies & Memoirs - Military, Leaders and Notable People, Veterans, History - Middle East - Iraq, History - United States - Iraq War.
"Banned: Baseball's Blacklist of All-Stars and Also-Rans" weaves together tales of lesser-known characters from baseball's early years with infamous outlaws who have endured throughout the decades. Featuring stories of players like Eddie "The Only" Nolan, Cozy Dolan, Leo Durocher, and Pete Rose who have been expelled or suspended from the sport, Bock's chronicle delves deep into baseball's colorful history. For those who follow the current corporate era of businessmen players and billionaire owners, this book serves as a reminder that America's Pastime evolved from the days when gamblers filled the stands and influenced poorly paid scoundrels on the diamond.
In his over 40-year career, Hal Bock has covered every major event on the sports calendar, including 30 World Series, 30 Super Bowls and 11 Olympic Games, making him the perfect storyteller for this retrospective. Featuring an introduction by John Thorn, the Official Historian of Major League Baseball, and more than 25 photographs from the Associated Press archives, "Banned" is a must-read for any fan of the game.