Outskirts Press author, Robert Shaines, is taking his latest book, Command Influence, on tour – a virtual tour, that is. He will be featured on the following blogs in the months ahead:
Wednesday, December 29, 2010: A Moment with Mystee
Thursday, December 30, 2010: I Am A Reader Not A Writer
Monday, January 3, 2011: Wise Words
Wednesday, January 5, 2011: My Reading Room
Thursday, January 6, 2011: Closing My Eyes Helps Me to See Clearly
Luckily for us, Robert was kind enough to answer a few questions while on tour so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Command Influence.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Command Influence. What is it about?
RS: Fascinating story of military and legal history during the Korean War, 1952‐53. It involves thecourt martial of a 25‐year‐old 2nd Lieutenant in charge of an air police guard unit in Pusan,Korea, who was convicted by general court martial of premeditated murder. The story unfoldshow an unconscionable injustice was perpetrated by the charge and conviction of the Air Forceofficer, who was subsequently vindicated. It also dealt with the political events during theKorean War which motivated the charges against Schreiber and others. It ultimately involvedthe President of the U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court, and others in the highest levels ofgovernment.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
RS: I was a 23‐year‐old Air Force Judge Advocate officer and was one of the defense counsel for Lt.George C. Schreiber, who was accused of premeditated murder in the court martial. The storyof this injustice has haunted my thoughts all of my adult life, and I finally found the time andthe ability to vindicate my own conscience in writing the book. I came to understand howGeorge Schreiber and myself were a couple of dedicated but naive and trusting young Air Forceofficers, whose lives and characters became permanently shaped by the events in those years.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
RS: Anyone interested in justice, and military justice and history of the Korean War and anunderstanding of how political events can affect the lives of those in the military.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
RS: My book is differentiated from others involving history of the Korean War and the politics ofinjustice in the military by the exercise of command influence leading to the conviction of anaccused because I was personally present and participated in the events set forth in my book.
OP: Thanks for your time, Robert! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Robert A. Shaines is a practicing attorney in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal in 2010 by the President of the Republic of Korea. His next book is a work of fiction based on his experiences working for the Defense Nuclear Agency in the former Soviet Union from 1992 to 1996.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/commandinfluence.
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