Update to What Were They Thinking
After much serious discussion, lack of communications from our publisher who had health problems anyway, and some very pointed criticism from readers and reviewers, Lee Rochwerger and I decided that it was time for a new publisher and a new version of our Pacific War thesis. Noting that there were some errors in the original (especially in the timelines) and that we lacked maps (the most common criticism), and there was a certain…lightness…to our arguments, we’re working on the next generation of our original idea:
Stay tuned at the end of 2018…
Tug of War: World War II, the B-29, and the Invention of Strategic Military Thinking
Since 1945, the traditional thought about the USAAF’s vision of heavy bomber combat was one of “strategic bombardment,” a term often used but rarely well-defined. HH “Hap” Arnold is the best-known advocate of the concept, but it was so foreign at the time that few outside the small circle of bomber enthusiasts who had been at the Tactical School knew anything about it. With the coming of the B-29, however, Arnold had the first tool that, he thought, was truly capable of strategic bombing. But the Superfortress was plagued with manufacturing problems, and the initial missions from China were, to be charitable, disappointing. Gradually the issues were solved, the island bases in the Marianas became available, and the B-29 was thought by some to have won the war in the Pacific.
If only it was that simple. Boeing’s big bomber was first designed by a firm that had very little experience in designing bombers and was better known for building airliners. Most of the Army and Navy hierarchy saw the B-29 as merely another “bomb truck,” and wanted the long-ranging, big-bellied airplane for their own uses. Tug of War is the story of the development of both a new concept and a new airplane, and the selling of both to very dubious, very hidebound defense establishments during the desperate days of WWII. Look for Tug of War in 2019.
Tideline: A Story of Friendship
Tideline is a story about two hearts separated in childhood and reunited as adults. But JJ’s career in the elite US Army Rangers and Ann’s career as the first woman US Navy diver may not permit them to stay together. Still, they are buddies–friends who have no doubts about their commitment to each other, and only trepidation for their future together. Join them on their journey of love, family, friends, and duty towards a future that only their respective services can assuredly make, but that fate and their hazardous jobs may change forever. Expect to see Tideline in 2019.