Danger Forward. The Forgotten Wars of General Paul F. Gorman
Danger Forward is the title, but you will read how the book could have been titled Danger 360. The stuff of which good movies should be made. This hard-to-put-down book reads fast and easy with a you-were-there feel that covers key US military efforts from WW2 to the mid 1980s, when General Gorman retired. He is still alive at 94 years in Virginia. The author, Mike Guardia, came out with the first book on Hal Moore, and the resulting movie with Mel Gibson, which catapulted him to the Top 100 authors in the US, and he continues his excellence and making history palpable and more exciting then when the reader lived through it and remembers with the adventures of Paul Gorman.
What You Get
The book is 8.5x5.5 inch size with 295 pages and front/back covers (in color). The text is easy to read and not small, thankfully, which helps this book read easy. This book is readily available on bookseller sites and also available for download. 16 pages of B&W photos of General Gorman’s career are embedded in the middle of the book. There are no action shots – these are of people and places. There is plenty of action in the rest of the book!
The road traveled by Paul Gorman is a military road that starts with an underage enlistment in the Navy, switching to West Point, and the rest is history, ably presented by the author, Mike Guardia. You are there in the trenches in Korea and Vietnam, then staring down Russkies in Europe during the not so Cold War, and then kicked upstairs to fight internal enemies (military rot), and commanding US forces outside the USA, including headlines news like the invasion of Panama and dealing with Nicaragua. This book reveals behind-the-scenes thought processes, choices and decisions like no news ever could or will.
Being old enough to remember world events from Vietnam and afterwards, this book shed a glaring spotlight on otherwise mangled news reports about the US military, especially the Army. Thanks to soldiers like General Paul Gorman, we can be free to remember these events as news, and not as an apocalypse.
Very highly recommended for a fast read and a catch-up on behind-the-scenes maneuvering by the US Military and Army for the real stories. General Gorman is becoming remembered. Mike Guardia has done it again! Although this book is for sale by major book vendors, I advocate purchasing a copy from Mike Guardia – authors like him deserve to be rewarded.
- Chapter 1 – Call of Duty
- Chapter 2 – Learning the Ropes
- Chapter 3 – Baptism by Fire
- Chapter 4 – The Cold Warrior
- Chapter 5 – The Road to Vietnam
- Chapter 6 – Blue Spaders
- Chapter 7 – The Price of Peace
- Chapter 8 – Screaming Eagles
- Chapter 9 – From the Ashes of Vietnam
- Chapter 10 – Frontier of Democracy
- Chapter 11 – Brushfire Wars
- Epilogue – A Lion in Winter
- Figure 1: Front Cover of Danger Forward. The Forgotten Wars of General Paul F. Gorman by Mike Guardia.
- Figure 2: Rear Cover of Danger Forward. The Forgotten Wars of General Paul F. Gorman by Mike Guardia.
Thanks to Mike Guardia, Magnum Books and IPMSUSA for the review copy!