Sunday, July 19, 2009
Walter Cronkite, the blog and the book.
From the comments and mails that I've received on Walter Cronkite's experiences as a glider rider with the 101st, some of you seem to have gotten the impression that I'm a Cronkite fan. I never was.
My motive in writing the piece was to use his experience to highlight the brave glider pilots and glider infantry of World War II. Gliders, new and old, appear in Absolved. (There, I went and gave that away.) I have done immense amounts of research on them over the years, interviewing surviving pilots, visiting museums and examining the few remaining specimens of WACOs and HORSAs from the inside, studying field and tech manuals, watching old Air Corps training films, going over dimensions, Airborne unit load plans, etc.
One of the things that you must understand is that I struggle everyday to work on both the book and the blog, and the easiest thing is to find stuff that has a timely hook out of material I have previously worked on to present to you, or, to copy something I find topical and add my two cents worth.
For me, just right now, denouncing Walter Cronkite for his many failures to uphold the soldiery of the United States fighting in the field and his attacks upon the constitutional Republic of the Founders in the last half of the 20th Century is not a priority.
Also, to those of you who complain that I haven't posted any further chapters on the Net, you should know that's because I was asked not to by the publisher. The delay in the book comes principally from the fact that in order to keep the cost to something reasonable (like $20.00 or so) I have to keep it within 300 pages. Everything, and I mean everything, in the manuscript has had to be re-written with that in mind. Gone is the dual purpose of writing a novel and specific training manual of resistance -- there will be fewer technical details in the final that we hope a resistance bibliography in the back will cover. I have even chucked characters I wanted in the first one, putting them off for the second book, all with an eye to making the book affordable for mass distribution.
Perhaps, if Absolved is a success, we can put out an "Absolved ASDF Training Manual" by Kraut Mueller and Charlie Quintard, with a forward by Jack Durer.
In the meantime, please cut me some slack on Walter Cronkite.