AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY LESSON FOR THE GENERATIONSFROM FAST CARS AND YOUNG LOVE TO HELL ON EARTHA DECORATED SOLDIER’S STORYVIETNAM 1968 - A LIFE IN A YEAR“TO GET A TASTE LISTEN TO BILLY JOEL’S GOODNIGHT SAIGONAND SEE OLIVER STONE’S PLATOON.”“MoreAN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY LESSON FOR THE GENERATIONSFROM FAST CARS AND YOUNG LOVE TO HELL ON EARTHA DECORATED SOLDIER’S STORYVIETNAM 1968 - A LIFE IN A YEAR“TO GET A TASTE LISTEN TO BILLY JOEL’S GOODNIGHT SAIGONAND SEE OLIVER STONE’S PLATOON.”“RESPECT THE LITTLE MAN. CHARLIE IS A CRACK SHOT, CARRIES THE BEST RIFLE IN THE WORLD AND IS HARDCORE TO THE BONE.”“SPREAD OUT, DON’T BUNCH UP,ONE GRENADE WILL GET YOU ALL.”“IT’S EYEBALL TO EYEBALL COMBAT AND YOUR M-16 RIFLE JAMS WHILE THE ENEMY’S AK-47 HAS STAINLESS STEEL BOLTS THAT NEVER WEAR OUT AND NEVER JAM.”“THERE ARE NO RACISTS IN FOXHOLES”Wars, Cars and Stars is an Illustrated Biographical Trilogy.Book I – Forlorn Wars: A Cautionary Tale.Needless, Dead-end, No-win Wars.At 18 years of age Bob Malinowski was sent into a steaming three canopy stone-age jungle halfway around the world.
There he would engage a battle hardened people, whose ancestors had stopped and repelled the vast conquering armies of Genghis Khan, on two separate occasions.Bob is a compelling and revelatory story teller.
He tells us what it’s like to be alongside a generation of young Americans barely out of childhood dying for no good reason in the wretched jungles and floodplains of Vietnam. Bob takes us through the maelstrom of war- Seeing the Elephant (going into battle for the first time), Humping the Boonies (long distance combat patrols on foot), artillery bombardments, human wave assaults, six hour firefights, rapacious insects, the bane of mud.Book I is also about the Big Lie. In the American Dictionary of Slang the Big Lie is defined as Weasel Words.
It’s a propaganda technique that appears and reappears throughout history as politicians tell falsehoods of outrageous magnitude. In Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin assault on an American navy warship was fabricated, as was Weapons of Mass Destruction forty years later in Iraq. The Big Lie ignited the fires of World War II. Nazi Germany repeatedly told its people that they were superior beings and the Jews were responsible for their unhappiness.
Racist Imperial Japan repeatedly told its people that life was unimportant and dying for the Emperor in battle was a ticket to heaven.After Bob agreed to be interviewed for this book the first thing he said to me was: “We owe the dead the truth.” Bob’s rap is a savage indictment of war and racism.AVAILABLE IN 2015: Book II – Hot Rod Cars - True grit – rising up from one’s own ashes. Bob fought off the demons of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by channeling overwhelming rage into racing in the streets.
There he hustled both the rich guys and the cool guys, outrunning Corvettes, Mustangs and Detroit muscle cars.AVAILABLE IN 2016: Book III – Ancient Stars - Miracle babies, the triumph of the human spirit, and how the Universe manufactured us. The Cosmos is larger, richer and more varied than we can ever imagine. Astronomy can be a source of transcendence that lifts us beyond the sorrow of the past.