Army Flunkies And Colorado Junkies
127 East Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064
9781628542189, $13.99, 212 pp., www.tatepublishing.com
Synopsis: After failing his Army enlistment physical in the early 1970s, Jed Donavan engaged in a downward spiral into alcoholism, drug abuse, and 'bad company' in the form of a group of rebellious 'white hippies' from New York. After being expelled from a small mountain town in Colorado, the group moves into the Denver's Five Points (a black ghetto area known as Little Harlem). There Donavan and the group they embed themselves int a mixed subculture of drugs, booze, gambling, and rap music--and Old Jones, a bootlegger well versed in this world of pimps, whores, drug dealers, death by overdose and murder. Somehow Donvanan survives all this to emerge with a master's degree in psychology and working with more than one thousand addicts to overcome their addictions, while himself remaining drug and alcohol free for the past thirty years.
Critique: Candid, honest, gritty, intensely personal, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Army Flunkies And Colorado Junkies" is a unique and exceptionally well written memoir. Very highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library 20th Century American Biography collections.
Race With The Devil
Saint Benedict Press
PO Box 410487, Charlotte, NC 28241
9781618900654, $22.95, 265 pp., www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Before he was the world s foremost Catholic biographer, Joseph Pearce was a leader of the National Front, a British-nationalist, white-supremacist group. Before he published books highlighting and celebrating the great Catholic...