Book Report – Winter 2015

Das Bell

BermanBy Chris Berman M’11

In April 1945, with the Allies closing in, Germany is about to be defeated. But in this science-fiction thriller, Chris Berman reimagines the ending of WWII against a backdrop of time travel and parallel universes in which a new Reich is attempting to reclaim what had been lost to them. “A dashing American scientist and a beautiful Ukrainian historian race to foil Nazi super-tech schemes and solve the secret of parallel worlds, gosh,” writes New York Times best-selling author David Brin of Berman’s latest effort. “Sample any page for nonstop action!”

The Chameleon 2014

ChameleonNorwich University’s Student-run Literary Journal

When English Professor Sean Prentiss joined the faculty in 2012, he set out to rejuvenate the Chameleon, NU’s student literary journal. Prentiss challenged his students to take the journal, founded in 1961, to the next level. The result was a bold new 8×8-inch square design with eye-popping cover artwork. The Chameleon 2014 features 42 pages of art, photography, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from students across all academic disciplines. Cash awards went to the “best of” each category in the issue: Dana DeMartino for poetry and fiction, Brian McNabb for photography, Alanna Robertson-Webb for original artwork, and Muhammad Ali Shahidy for creative nonfiction. Email prentiss@norwich.edu to receive your free copy.

The New Knights

By Henry Sandhusen’67

Henry Sandhusen spent much of his early life training and preparing for the Army. He participated in the Boy Scouts, the Explorers, and the Junior Essex Troop, and attended military high schools during the summers. Following his 1967 graduation from Norwich, Sandhusen served on active duty in the 40th Armor at Fort Sill, Okla., and the Three Quarter Horse Cavalry, 25th Division, in Vietnam. The recipient of four Bronze Stars, two Air Medals, one ARCOM for valor, and four campaign ribbons, Sandhusen also received an individual Gallantry Cross, third class, from the government of South Vietnam. The New Knights is a work of fiction drawn from his memories of the war.

Fast Animal

book_sieblesBy Tim Seibles VC’90

MFA graduate Tim Seibles received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize on November 11 at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. The award recognizes Seibles’s most recent book of poems, Fast Animal, released by Etruscan Press in January 2012. A finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry in 2012, Fast Animal won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award in 2013. The Roethke Poetry Prize has been awarded to such notable Poet Laureates as Robert Penn Warren and Robert Pinsky. Seibles is the author of several other books.

The Best of Military Cartoons! Volume 1

TryonTimothy “Beetle” Tryon ’05, Contributor

Mark Twain once quipped “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” So it should come as no surprise that some of the funniest military cartoons are created by those who serve. The Best of Military Cartoons! Volume 1 features the work of seven military cartoonists, including CAPT Timothy “Beetle” Tryon USAF, ’05 and his comic strip “Crew Dogs.” He began writing the strip when a flight commander at the 20th Bomb Squadron asked him to draw a comic for roll call. Every warfighter will find something to enjoy as these characters plow though the all-too-familiar scenarios that service members encounter daily.

Emerging Civil War Series

WhiteBy Kristopher D. White M’09
Co-Author and Co-Editor

Kristopher D. White is a historian for the Penn-Trafford Recreation Board and a continuing-education instructor for the Community College of Allegheny County near Pittsburgh, Pa. He served for five years as a staff military historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, and is a former Gettysburg battlefield guide. He has done nationally recognized work as an author and editor of the popular Emerging Civil War book series, which tells the war’s most important stories in reader-friendly prose for a general audience. White has co-authored five of the ten titles in the series along with several other books.

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