Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: Command Influence by Robert A. Shaines

Self publishing a book is an exciting undertaking. Because we understand the dedication that is required to write a quality book, we like to feature our top authors each week so that you can get to know a little bit more about them and their book. This week, we are featuring Robert A. Shaines’s Command Influence.

In his latest book, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Robert A. Shaines, gives readers a fascinating peek into a less than honorable moment in American history. He shows not only the wholesale problems that permeated the military justice system at that time, but also the lack of preparedness of America to engage in the Korean War, both in terms of our foreign policy and our military’s lack of equipment and training..

Command Influence offers historians, teachers and veterans a unique perspective on the Korean War and international events at the time, but it is also a moving chronicle for any reader of the tribulations of one George C. Schreiber, a second lieutenant in charge of an Air Police guard unit in Pusan, Korea, in 1952.

Formerly a fifth and sixth grade teacher in the community of Brookfield, Illinois, Schreiber suddenly found himself in Korea convicted by a general court-martial of premeditated murder. Schreiber and two of his contemporaries had become pawns in a power game among ambitious and vindictive men who were eager only to advance their own military careers.

Author Shaines was a twenty-three year old Air Force lawyer at the time who was able to observe first hand the unconscionable injustice that occurred and that would eventually gain the attention of the Air Force Chief of Staff, The Governor of Illinois, The President of the United States, the United States Supreme Court and various Senators and Congressmen.

Shaines’ own conscience prompted him to explore and capture the remarkable events of this story in Command Influence and as he did so, he came to understand that both he and Schreiber were two naïve and trusting young fellow officers whose lives and character became permanently shaped by the injustice of the time.

It is a remarkable story of these two men who, in their own ways, both became unwitting victims of the greater forces around them.


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.

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