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.
ABOUT THE 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.
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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.
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About Robert Shaines
Robert A. Shaines is a practicing attorney in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He lives in Rye, NH with his wife Denise and their three dogs and ten horses.
He has had extensive experience representing clients from all over the globe, including Canada, Russia, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, various Carribean Islands, Australia, England, The Sceychelle Islands and Moldova. His travelling days are over at this time of life and he wants to continue to maintain his law practice and continue with his new career as an author.
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