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October 30, 2021 20 min
A former CIA officer and the creator of the hit TV series The Americans makes the case that America's policy towards Russia is failing-and we'll never fix it until we rethink our relationship.

Coming of age in America in the 1970s and 80s, Joe Weisberg was a Cold Warrior. After briefly studying Russian in Leningrad, he joined the CIA in 1990-just in time to watch the Soviet Union collapse.

But less than a decade after the fir...
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This is Play It Forward. Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward. Episode 316 with J-Dog Jerry Flanagan.
New TV series, Operation Hidden Treasures follows enterprising U.S. Military Veterans and their families whose mission is to salvage and repurpose otherwise unused items and turn them in to 'treasures' for people in need. The series premieres on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern on Discov...
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September 22, 2021 10 min
THE LONG WAR: The Inside Story of America and Afghanistan Since 9/11 (St. Martin's Press, on sale October 5, 2021, $29.99), by award-winning foreign correspondent David Loyn, tells the most complete and detailed story yet on the 20-year campaign in Afghanistan - America's longest war.



At first, it was easy for the U.S. to defeat the Taliban with overwhelming air power. However, they've risen again amid general disconten...
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July 17, 2021 5 min
July 16, 2021
Robert Sykes. A frequent visitor on my daily path. Until yesterday he was always as the aged man who downed two huge Red Bulls before shopping for groceries. I didn’t know his story. Not til fate put me next to him while manning the beer and wine bar at Harris Teeter. Robert Sykes wanted another glass of the house juice. He wanted to know where I was from, “You talk funny. People don’t sound like you.” I learne...
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Few thriller writers today have the background and experience of A.J. Tata: bestselling author, and more so, decorated Brigadier General (U.S. Army - Ret.). His latest thriller, CHASING THE LION (St. Martin's Publishing Group; on sale date June 1, 2021; $27.99), introduces his new lead character, Army Lieutenant General Garrett Sinclair, in a tale that feels all too real in the world we live in.


America is on the verge of histor...
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It was 1945 and Romek Wajsman had just been liberated from Buchenwald, a brutal concentration camp where more than 60,000 people were killed. He was starving, tortured, and had no idea where his family was—let alone if they were alive.



Along with 472 other boys, including Elie Wiesel, these teens were dubbed “The Buchenwald Boys.” They were angry at the world for their abuse, and turned to violence: stealing, fighting, and struggli...
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Hey it’s Arroe. This is Play It Forward. A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus.
Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward.
Episode 229 with Dr Randall Bell.
His new book is titled Post Traumatic Thriving
Trauma has a way of showing up when we least expect it, and society sends many signa...
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Gibby’s older brothers have already been to war. Robert died in the jungles of Vietnam, while Jason came back misunderstood and hard, a decorated killer and drug addict now freshly released from a three-year stint in prison. Jason won’t speak of the war or of his time behind bars, and he’s estranged from his father, a detective, as well as his mother. But Jason does want a relationship with the younger brother he hasn’t known for ...
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Only once during the nearly two decades-long war in Afghanistan has an active-duty combat member been pulled from duty due to the deaths of two family members in war. Beau Wise is that man. His brother, Navy SEAL combat veteran Jeremy Wise was killed in a suicide bombing that targeted the CIA. A terrorist sleeper agent working with al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, perpetrated the sneak attack, which marked the w...
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This is this one: You may know Joe Drape as the author of 6 books and as an award-winning sports reporter for the New York Times. He takes a turn now with The Saint Makers: Inside The Catholic Church and How a War Hero Inspired a Journey of Faith, about how saints are “made.” Drape chronicles the unlikely alliance between Father Hotze and Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, a country priest and a cosmopolitan Italian canon lawyer, as the two piec...
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Hey it’s Arroe. This is Play It Forward. A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus.
Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward.
Episode 142 Wayne Nelson from Little River Band
They’ve released a brand new song "The Lost and The Lonely" just prior to Veteran's Day. An incredible p...
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Learn how to be a leader in your own life and career with expert advice from one of the Navy's elite TOPGUN instructors. During a twenty-year career in uniform, Guy Snodgrass became one of the most skilled fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, commanding combat jets over some of the most dangerous war zones in the world -- and he did it all using the lessons he learned at the Navy's Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). The real-life...
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THE FLYING TIGERS back story of the American volunteer pilot unit that flew in China in the early days of World War II.

How the unit was made famous by their shark-faced P-40s and the John Wayne movie of the same name.

How he obtained and used handwritten WWII love letters to trace the story of the Flying Tigers.

Working with Flying Tigers families to track down letters, diaries and photographs from the unit’s exploits in China and Bu...
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The Sergeants Daughter from Terresa Shelton. My all out upfront and honest book reading lovely wife of 27 years couldn't put this down. A moving account of overcoming extreme adversity in the pursuit of independence, reminiscent of The Glass Castle and Tara Westover’s Educated. Teressa’s sergeant father brings his military life to their already unstable home, meeting each of his daughters’ infractions with extreme punishment ...
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At the age of 24, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon, known as the Outlaws, and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. His New York Times bestselling memoir Outlaw Platoon, tells how close combat reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men, and how the love and faith they found in one another kept them alive. Parnell captured...
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At a time in history when nuclear weapons are easily available, and certain global leaders have eschewed rationality while possessing hair-trigger tempers, the fear of a nuclear attack is as high as it's been since the height of the Cold War. Who protects us from what could be our certain demise? Having the most powerful military force on earth is some comfort for citizens of the U.S., but only to a degree. Any launch of an Int...
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Martha McSally is a fighter, a survivor, a leader, and a champion of never giving up. In DARE TO FLY, McSally shares inspiring life stories and timeless principles on how to overcome obstacles and adversity. She believes that none of us is born either courageous or afraid, but rather we all possess the ability to see opportunity in obstacles, cultivate inner resilience, and to succeed when others expect us to fail.

At age twelve, Mc...
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In 1973, the draft was abolished and replaced by an all-volunteer military and, for the past 46 years, all of the services have relied on recruits signing up to sustain their enlisted ranks. The success of any volunteer military begins with recruiting. It’s the engine that drives it and makes the difference between an armed force that is strong and viable or one that is degraded where military readiness is threatened and national d...
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Courage begets trust; trust begets respect; respect leads to growth; growth leads to excellence; excellence forges resiliency; and resiliency gives you the power to constantly align with your team. That is the foundation of what it takes to command a team of elite individuals, laid out in expert fashion by former Navy SEAL, entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author Mark Divine in his arresting new book, ?STARING DOWN THE ...
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Created from the #1 business podcast on iTunes, JOCKO PODCAST, former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink brings to the reader his methods for success first honed in battle in Iraq as leader of SEAL Team Three. For most of his adult life Willink served with the SEALs, rising through the ranks to become the commander of the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit in Iraq. In his new book, DISCIPLINE EQUALS FREEDOM - FIELD MANUAL (St. Mart...
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