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Bill Clinton referred to Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr. as the “conscious of the Navy,” according to author Larry Berman. Berman spoke about the book  with the audience at the Carter Presidential Library on October 9th.  President Clinton not only honored Zumwalt with the Medal of Freedom, but he also gave the eulogy as a sitting President at his funeral.

Berman resides in Atlanta and is the founding dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University and has written four books. Berman crossed the path of “Bud” Zumwalt as he was working on another project.  This book captures the life and times of this unspoken hero.

The book has several interesting parts. In the end, the author research notes has a fascinating tale on how the book almost was never written.  Berman had to take his case to court to open the public documents that should have been open to begin with.  The Navy and government bureaucracy almost succeeded in squashing the project. Fortunately, Berman persisted and prevailed.

The dialogue and interaction with the great late Admiral Hyman Rickover is also fascinating.  Rickover was known as a tough old bird and a bit of a jerk. The passages about Rickover interviewing Zumwalt are riveting.

Zumwalt also was an advocate for those veterans affected by Agent Orange; his own son Elmo fell ill from his exposure.  Ironically, it was Zumwalt’s orders that exposed his son to this chemical.  This prompted him to work tirelessly on the victims’ behalf. He also helped start the national bone marrow donation program. Berman also points to some new evidence that the Reagan administration made a concerted effort to deny the existence of the link between Agent Orange and the side effects.

According to Berman, Zumwalt was also instrumental in shifting the paradigm of the modern navy, where it diversified the higher ranks with women and blacks.

Zumwalt worked in the Nixon White House under Kissinger and ran for United State Senate.  His life was full of ups and downs, but through it all he was a honorable man who strove to do the right thing.

In his Medal of Freedom citation it reads, “In both wartime and peacetime, Elmo Zumwalt has exemplified the ideal of service to our nation…For his dedication, valor, and compassion, we salute Bud Zumwalt.”

This book Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr. by Larry Berman is a fascinating peek into one man’s remarkable life and selfless commitment to public service. A good read about a good man.

Book Facts:

Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr by Larry Berman

2012 Harper Collins 510 pp

ISBN: 978-0-06-169130-0

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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