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Overview When homeschool graduate JB Hogan joined the Army the summer of 2001, his mother urged him to write home. The avalanche of letters that followed reassured her that JB was surviving the Army, even if the Army didn't quite know what to make of JB! Both scathingly funny and deeply poignant, this coming-of-age story is a book for America and her families.
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J. B. Hogan is an Arkansas historian who grew up living and breathing baseball. He played infield in Little League, Babe Ruth League, high school, and one year at Imperial Valley Junior College in California. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Fayetteville Historic District Commission and President of the Washington County Histor-ical Society. "Angels in the Ozarks" tells the story of a nearly forgotten Class D minor league once described as perhaps the "smallest league that ever functioned in organized baseball." He has also published more than 200 short stories and a novella set in the Southwest entitled "The Apostate."
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Excellent Read! May 14, 2008
I first saw this book at a homeschooling conference two years ago. It was on display at his mother's table (her publishing company was the vendor). At first glance, I thought of course his mom would display this book because it's her son's work, but was it worth the read? This year I finally bought it and my apologies to Maggie for doubting her son's ability to write. I thought this was a wonderful book. I appreciate JB's honesty and the fact that he wasn't writing with an agenda. I especially liked the notes by his mom; a view into a mom's heart, again, without any agenda beyond concern for her son. JB - where's the next book?
From Basic to Baghdad Nov 15, 2005
I liked this book immensely!
You'll enjoy JB taking you on his journey from his first days of basic training up to the war in Iraq. Full of interesting detail without being tedious, this book gives you a fascinating glimpse into the reality of army life. What I enjoyed the most, however, is JB's ever-present sense of humor. It is impossible to read this book without snickering as JB effortlessly pokes fun not only at "the military way" but also his friends and his surroundings--and himself.
Take a look at a soldier's life through the best lens possible--a soldier himself. You'll come away with a new respect and appreciation for the the grit, courage, and perseverance of the fine people in our military.
Read it today Oct 1, 2005
Mr. Hogan's book gives us a perspective on the war quite different than the one the "unbiased" press wants us to have. A great read from a new author, sad, funny and poginant. A must read!
From Basic to Baghdad: A Soldier Writes Home Aug 5, 2005
I found JB's book a wonderful read. I read my copy while visiting my daughter at Ft. Carson. I had to leave it so that she could read it. I then had to purchase two more copies one for myself and one for my son (who is mentioned in the book). If you really want to know what happened during the war, read this book. You really get to know what it is like to be a soldier. A must read.
What a great story! Aug 5, 2005
This is one of the best things I've read in a long time! It was wonderful to watch a JB grow up in this book. It made me laugh and cry!