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Learn about your Army through books, a new podcast series

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The AUSA Book Program is dedicated to bringing the best of military publishing to our members. Our goal is to foster an awareness of, and appreciation for, the U.S. Army and its role in maintaining security in the modern world.

To that end, the Book Program reaches out to the public in several ways.

First and foremost, naturally, is through books.

We work with several publishing partners to produce works on such subjects as military history, leadership, and national security.

Members can order discounted titles through www.ausa.org/ausa-books.

Recent titles in the program include The Green Berets in the Land of a Million Elephants: U.S. Army Special Warfare and The Secret War in Laos, 1959–74 by Col. (Ret.) Joseph D. Celeski; Pershing’s Tankers: Personal Accounts of the AEF Tank Corps in World War I edited by Lawrence M. Kaplan; and Lessons in Leadership: My Life in the US Army from World War II to Vietnam by Gen. John R. Deane Jr.

In the months ahead, AUSA members can look forward to books on America’s role in the Pacific, the Vietnam War, and the military and political career of Gen. Maxwell Taylor.

A second way the AUSA Book Program reaches out is through public events with authors.

Most notable is the annual meeting, where AUSA writers present their work at the Authors’ Forum, then meet attendees throughout the show to answer questions and sign books.

Members can also meet authors at the Lemnitzer Lecture series, held at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Va., and livestreamed across the world.

Working in conjunction with our colleagues at the Institute of Land Warfare, the Book Program helps spotlight noted figures writing about military history.

Most recently, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal presented a Lemnitzer Lecture on his book Leaders: Myth and Reality, and Douglas V. Mastriano discussed Thunder in the Argonne: A New History of America’s Greatest Battle last November to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

(For those unable to attend, the events have been captured on the AUSA YouTube page: www.youtube.com/user/AUSANational.)

Members are encouraged to come to the forthcoming lectures (or view them via the livestream option). Celeski will discuss the Green Berets on March 21, and the Lemnitzer Lecture on June 26 will feature bestselling author Rick Atkinson.

The latest outreach effort for the AUSA Book Program is podcasting. Hopefully, you have heard that AUSA launched a new podcast series this year.

AUSA’s Army Matters features a rotating cast of hosts to provide vital information on Army and defense issues.

Once a month, the Thought Leaders show will interview senior Army leaders and contemporary military authors. Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch spoke about their new book The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington on the inaugural episode, which is still available through www.ausa.org/podcast. Stay tuned for discussions on WWII tankers, Vietnam and military misfires.

The easiest way to keep track of all the developments at the AUSA Book Program is through our webpage at www.ausa.org/books. We also want to make this a two-way conversation, so please reach out with your comments, suggestions and manuscripts—my email address is [email protected].

Joseph Craig is AUSA’s Book Program Director.