Combat Veterans’ Stories of Small Wars and Nation Building 2023-02-06T18:34:13+00:00

Norman’s Book Series

Combat Veterans’ Stories of Small Wars and Nation Building: Volumes 1-3

Volumes 1 and 2 of Combat Veterans’ Stories of Small Wars and Nation Building present 20 autobiographical stories of men and women that were in fire fights, raids, and other dangerous situations that exposed them to enemy ordnance. Their stories give readers an understanding of warfare, as the U.S. military has experienced it since the Vietnam War.

Volume 3 presents information about causes and results of U.S. military actions and wars, since Vietnam, as well as Islam, American exceptionalism, and military challenges facing the U.S.

Written by Norman Black. Grady Birdsong contributed to these books.

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About the Author

Norman Philip Black served as a U.S. Navy Journalist in the western Pacific; reported for United Press International and edited copy for the Associated Press, both in New York City; and then worked as a reporter for the Newark (N.J.) Evening and Sunday News, which was then that state’s largest newspaper. He later worked, in New York, in public relations, financial relations, and governmental relations for Fortune 500 companies, as well as for a privately-owned, international corporation.

His news stories, feature articles, and commentaries have appeared in newspapers and magazines in many countries. He holds a diploma from the US Navy’s Journalist “A” School; the degrees of B.A. and M.S. from Wagner College; and an M.S. degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, which he attended on a full scholarship.

Read an excerpt below written by Grady Birdsong, from Norman Black’s Combat Veterans’ – Stories of Small Wars and Nation Building, Volume 3 of a three volume series available on Amazon, Kindle, and

EXCERPT – VOL 3 “Current and emerging TBI and PTSD treatments”

I would like to tell you all about an author that has come to my attention through one of my friends that Mr. Black has interviewed, William M. Purcell of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, a survivor of the battle of Hue City during the Tet Offensive of 1968.

Recently, published by Norman is his history of the Vietnam War, entitled Combat Veterans’ Stories of the Vietnam War (five volumes), about the U.S. and its allied nations’ combat veterans. My buddy, William Purcell, USMC appears in this series of interviewed combat veterans. Mr. Black in the first four volumes of this series captures autobiographical insights of 57 Americans, Canadians, and Australians spanning a time span of February 1961 through April of 1975. In addition to those combat veterans’ lives, several of the stories encompass POW experiences. Additionally, he writes about the contributions of the allied nations in conjunction with the U. S. The fifth volume contains the U. S.’ explanation for the war; a review of Vietnam’s history, and problems during the war, including drugs, racial tensions, desertions, and treasons.

Black’s previous publications cover other extensive autobiographical interviews with WWII and Korean War veterans available on amazon, kindle, and additionally in audio formats. They are entitled Combat Veterans’ Stories of World War II (two volumes) and Combat Veterans’ Stories of the Korean War (two volumes).

On Combat Veterans’ Stories of the Vietnam War