Book Report ✯ Winter 2018

Litera Scripta Manet
Litera Scripta Manet is the latest meditation by Bob Christie ’44, a WWII tank platoon commander who went on to become a physician, medical research scientist, and lifelong Episcopalian. In the preface, he writes, “As a man of many interests, I have found writing—especially writing letters—to be a stimulating diversion from the sometimes tedious aspects of my previous professional life.” He continues, later in the preface, “I have found that computers and a latter-day Don Quixote are often quite compatible partners. The attention of newspaper editors, medical and scientific journal editors, and politicians, especially, is often gained through the power of litera scripta, the carefully written word.” This limited-edition book is available in the stacks of the Kreitzberg Library.

 An Anthology of Essays
Donated to the Kreitzberg Library by Bob Christie ’44—a Norwich roommate of the author—An Anthology of Essays by Perry Swirsky ’44 is a rare book in its own right. Sent to Christie by Perry’s widow, Betty, following his death, the collection is raw in form, largely unedited, and provides a fascinating glimpse into the author’s inner world. An underachiever at Norwich who spent weekends on walking tours, Perry nearly flunked out of OCS, “but was immediately redeemed and celebrated when he singlehandedly accosted, tackled, and subdued a thief stealing from the barracks at Fort Knox,” Christie writes. Perry was one of two from the Class of 1944 to win the Silver Star for gallantry during WWII. He wrote this book after retiring to Israel.

Family Matters: A Mark Landry Novel
In this follow-up to his first Mark Landry novel, Wrong Town, Randall H. Miller ’93 & M’07 punches this burgeoning series into high gear with Family Matters. Five years ago, Mark Landry retired from an exceptional career in special operations and returned home to suburban Massachusetts with the hopes of starting a new life. He now balances his new role as husband and father with a position in the private-security sector—a job that offers plenty of action and more money than he ever imagined. Life is good. That is, until a deadly encounter with mysterious Russian operators in downtown Boston sets off a chilling plot touched by Beltway powerbrokers, NSA cyber-warriors, and some of the underworld’s deadliest assassins.

Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command, 1918
The combined British Expeditionary Force and American II Corps successfully pierced the Hindenburg Line during the Hundred Days Campaign of WWI in an offensive that hastened the war’s end. Yet despite the importance of this effort, the training and operation of II Corps has received scant attention from historians. Mitchell A. Yockelson, a professor in the Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Master of Military History program, delivers a comprehensive study of the first time American and British soldiers fought together as a coalition force—more than 20 years before D-Day. He follows the two divisions that constituted II Corps, the 27th and 30th, from the training camps of South Carolina to the bloody battlefields of Europe.

Oriana’s Eyes: Book One of the Great Oak Trilogy
As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn’t supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one, as half-bloods are the lowest in status at Odon’s University. But when a half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can’t help but be intrigued by his daring nature. After sneaking out to the garden in the middle of the night to talk to him, Oriana knows she can’t let her feelings go. She fears not following Odon’s rules, but the more she sees Dorian the more she wants to break them all. Celeste Simone is, in fact, the nom de plume of Celeste Karpf M’14, known to many as Norwich University’s senior associate director of admissions.

Twenty-Five Student Works
The creators of the 2017 Chameleon have added another luminescent compilation of creative student work to the Norwich annals. Led by editor-in-chief Kendall Manning ’16 and their faculty advisor, award-winning author Sean Prentiss, the Chameleon editors pored through submissions to select poetry, stories, essays, and photography that speaks to the wonder, beauty, and pain of the human condition. In “Echo Taps,” Bailey Beltramo ’17 draws out the lyricism of Echo Taps in elegant prose, while Hunter Hammond ’19 sings praises to his timepiece in “Song to My Alarm Clock,” musing that it is “surely better to be woken up by my clock / rather than my cadre.” To request copies of the 2017 Chameleon, contact Prentiss at

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