Quoted in the July/August issue of The Atlantic

I got quoted in “The Big Question” department of the July/August 2015 issue of The Atlantic, alongside a number of other aviation authors and luminaries.

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I wrote an article for them three years ago, “The Peaks of Persia” (April, 2012), which tells the story of my 2011 climbing trip to Iran as a participant in a climbing exchange between the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Iran–an incredible, eye-opening adventure.

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Terry and the Pirates comic featuring the China National Aviation Corporation

Milton Caniff, one of the greatest American cartoonists, is perhaps most famous for his comic strip Terry and the Pirates. a 1930s and ’40s flying adventure set in China. China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) pilot Frank Higgs was an Ohio State classmate and fraternity brother of Caniff’s, and in the comic, Higgs served as the model for Caniff’s character Dude Hennick. As such, CNAC features regularly in Terry and the Pirates.

Here’s a Terry and the Pirates panel that mentions CNAC as it appeared in the Los Angeles Times on November 21, 1943. (Click on the picture and it’ll enlarge pretty well.)


(Thanks to Kai Freise, a CNAC and China’s Wings enthusiast in India, for pushing this along.)

CNAC pilot's wings on a map of the Hump

CNAC pilot’s wings on a map of the Hump

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China’s Wings published in China, in Chinese

IMG_1I’m pleased to announce that China’s Wings has been translated into Chinese and published in China. Many thanks to Angie Chen, who did the translation.

My publisher tells me that none of the following sites will ship outside China, but here are three that should get the job done should you like to acqure a Chinese edition:

Amazon China; JD; and Dangdang.

All that cooked down into this...


It feels a strange being the author of a book in which I can’t read a single word, but I’m really glad that China’s Wings is finally available in The Middle Kingdom.



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The Hidden History of America at War by Kenneth C. Davis, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Here’s “America’s Way of War,” my review of The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Stories from Yorktown to Fallujah by Kenneth C. Davis, which appeared in The Washington Post on June 5, 2015.

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Here are the other two book reviews I’ve done for The Washington Post in recent months:

No Mans Land copyNo Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America by Elizabeth Samet

(“Can Ovid and Harry Potter guide us through this era?” for The Washington Post, November 7, 2014)


Acid Test copy Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal by Tom Shroder.

(“Ecstasy Therapy” for The Washington Post, September 11, 2014.)


And here’s a link to all of the 20 books reviews I’ve done for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and others.

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LA Times story about West Point professor and author Elizabeth Samet

Today, Jeffery Fleishman of The Los Angeles Times published “At West Point, Warriors Shaped Through Plutarch and Shakespeare,” an interesting story about West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet.

She’s the author of No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, which I reviewed for The Washington Post on November 7, 2014 in “Can Ovid and Harry Potter Guide Us Through This Era.”

Having read Fleishman’s article (linked to above), I stand by my judgment that Samet is “clearly an extraordinary and inspiring teacher.”

West Point is lucky to have her.

U.S. Military Academy

(Thanks to Tessa Kaganoff for bringing this story to my attention.)

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China’s Wings… in Chinese

Coming soon to a bookstore near you… if you live in China:


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Snowblind by Daniel Arnold, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Slippery Slopes,” my review of Daniel Arnold’s new short story collection Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession, was in The Wall Street Journal last weekend (April 4 & 5, 2015).


Good effort from Arnold.

I’ve linked to a Google search, because linking directly to the review runs into the WSJ paywall; from the search, if you click the link to the review, it should take you to the full text. I’ve used the same trick for all the WSJ reviews below.

Here’s the list of other books I’ve reviewed.

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Bonanza Queen, by Zola Ross


Two stars out of five on Goodreads.

It wasn’t as bad as I expected.

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Weapon of Mass Instruction

This is classic:

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KTSF News spotlights Moon Chin and the CNAC exhibit at the SFO Museum

More glory for the China National Aviation Corporation. Here’s a nice television news clip featuring Moon Chin and the Legends of CNAC exhibit at the SFO Museum.

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(102-year old Moon is looking pretty spry, and he’s interviewed in English.)

Here’s my post about the exhibit opening celebration.

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