A Gathering of Men

Based on actual events, A Gathering of Men is a moving story of three childhood friends from small-town Candor, North Carolina. Their desire to become pilots eventually leads them to the US Army Air Force 100th Bomb Group stationed at Thorpe Abbotts, England, in 1944. The unit flies dangerous bombing missions over Europe, often facing staggering losses from enemy fighters and anti-aircraft guns. 

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

On the cusp of resiliency sits its darker counterbalance, mental health. It afflicts service members across a multitude of diagnostics, with one of the most common being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is where Sebastian Junger delves into a radically different approach with his book, Tribe, by assessing the fellowship and purpose of individuals within a deploying unit experience. Comparatively, there is a recorded loneliness and depression those same individuals feel when returning home, particularly when seeking to reintegrate into society. In exploring human psychology, Junger presents a phenomenon of unity and intent when people collectively engage in a cause.

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On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones

A timely and thoughtful examination of the mental and emotional toll our nation is exacting from the warriors it assigns to operate its Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) (aka drones), On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones, is a deep dive into the development, operation, and potential future of the RPA community and its culture. Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Phelps’ work brings clarity to the opaque world of drone operations, highlighting critical and unexpected challenges faced by RPA crews. It also sheds light on the practical and philosophical implications of a Joint Force that is increasingly invested in using unmanned technologies for the conduct of warfare. 

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