Thursday, November 7, 2019

RITA COSBY, Emmy-Winning TV Host, Radio Star, and Best Selling Author joins us to talk about the top stories of the day including word that NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg could be entering the 2020 presidential race, the latest on the impeachment inquiry and Whistleblower.

COSBY is a renowned television news anchor and veteran correspondent, radio host, and best selling author. She anchored highly-rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Cosby is currently a Special Correspondent for the CBS syndicated NewsMagazine Inside Edition. She specializes in interviewing newsmakers and political figures. Cosby is a three time Emmy Award winner, the Jack Anderson Award for investigative excellence, and the Matrix Award. She is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award. October 11, 2010, was declared “Rita Cosby Day” in the New York state for her “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community.”

 

THE KNOCK AT THE DOOR: THREE GOLD STAR FAMILIES BONDED BY GRIEF AND PURPOSE by Ryan Manion  (Author), Heather Kelly (Author), Amy Looney (Author)

Publisher: Center Street (November 5, 2019)

Three Gold Star women, linked forever by unimaginable loss, share their inspiring, unlikely journey that began on the worst day of their lives.
What happens when tragedy knocks on your front door? For us, it was a literal knock, with two men standing in crisply pressed uniforms. They had news. News that gutted us to the core — the death of our loved ones, a brother and two husbands — in combat zones. The thing about those moments is that it’s almost inconceivable that they can happen to you. That is, until they do. This book is for anyone who has ever received a knock at the door. And if you live long enough and have the courage to love others, you will. Maybe it’s a cancer diagnosis. Maybe it’s the death of your best friend. The betrayal of a spouse. The loss of a child. The implosion of a professional career. Or any tragedy that takes the person we love the most away from us too soon. Life is not without its challenges. The key is how you respond.This is our story. The story of three women, bonded by grief and purpose. Grief because we lost our best friends in war. Purpose because we resolved — together — to do something about it. To turn loss into inspiration for others and to channel the love that we had for the men in our lives into love for others through service. It was the only way we could escape the trap of despair and inaction, and we believe it offers a roadmap for anyone else who has ever had to answer a knock at the door.

RYAN MANION is the surviving sister of Marine 1stLt Travis Manion, who was killed in Iraq on April 29, 2007. His death served as the inspiration for establishing the Travis Manion Foundation, a nationally recognized veteran service organization. Today Ryan leads the foundation as President, and as a highly regarded advocate for the military community, she addresses national audiences frequently.

 

 

 

AMY LOONEY HEFFERNAN is the surviving spouse of LT Brendan Looney, a West Coast-based Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010. Brendan was also the best friend and Naval Academy roommate of Travis Manion. Amy has a Masters in Public Administration and serves as the Vice-President of the Travis Manion Foundation. 

 

 

 

THE WARRIORS OF ANBAR: THE MARINES WHO CRUSHED AL QAEDA–THE GREATEST UNTOLD STORY OF THE IRAQ WAR, by Ed Darack  (Author), James Donnellan (Foreword) 

Publisher: Da Capo Press (November 5, 2019) 

A riveting, edge-of-your seat account of how a battalion of Marines faced off against the most brutal of Al Qaeda at its most desperate and vicious moment–and how the Marines decisively crushed the terrorists.

When the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment (“2/3”) arrived in the little-known “Haditha Triad” region of western Iraq’s Al Anbar Province in September of 2006, the region exploded in a storm of terrorist violence. The most battle-hardened of Al Qaeda had fled to the Triad, and, taking their last, desperate gasps for survival after years of bloody war, lashed out at the battalion with everything they could muster. The Marines sent into this firestorm of violence immediately lunged into a complex, double-edged mission: crush Al Qaeda and help the locals rebuild their terrorist-smashed lives and homes. After months of grueling, fearsome battle–and the loss of twenty-three of their ranks–the warriors of 2/3 stood tall in victory. This is their incredible story. Warriors of Anbar is one of the greatest untold stories of modern war, one of grit, incredible courage, and utmost sacrifice. It is a story that illustrates the U.S. Marine Corps at its very finest. 

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ED DARACK is the author of six previous books, including the critically acclaimed Victory Point about Operations Red Wings and Whalers, and The Final Mission of Extortion 17, the story behind the single deadliest day for US troops in the War in Afghanistan. He has embedded with US forces four times in Afghanistan and twice in Iraq, where he did the field work for Warriors of Anbar. Darack is the author of hundreds of feature articles on a broad spectrum of topics for publications including the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Smithsonian’s Air & Space (where he’s a contributing editor), Leatherneck, Marine Corps Gazette, Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, Foreign Policy, Weatherwise (where he’s a contributing editor), and many others.