New Release: “The War in the Air” Reprint

The University of North Georgia Press is releasing a reprint of The War in the Air by H. G. Wells, edited by Dr. Aaron Worth.

Nothing ever changes in Bun Hill, the simple country town where Bert Smallways lived. It’s enough that motor-bicycles crowd the road and the South of England Aero Club hosts a weekly ascent. But when Mr. Alfred Butteridge successfully flies his heavier-than-air machine from the Crystal Palace to Glasgow and back, Bert’s known-world disappears.

By chance or fate, Bert is trapped in Butteridge’s hot air balloon, then kidnapped by a German air fleet. Led by Prince Karl Albert, the German fleet crosses the Atlantic Ocean to launch the world’s first aerial attack against America. Forced into their service, Bert encounters the horror of war first-hand as human civilization collapses around him.

H. G. Wells’s foreboding futuristic novel was published in 1908. Much of his work discusses human nature in the face of warfare and includes many technological developments before they existed. This 100-year-anniversary reprint edition remembers a world before aircrafts ruled the skies. Edited by H. G. Wells scholar Aaron Worth, a Victorian scholar and associate professor at Boston University, this reprint includes an introduction as well as addition reading recommendations.

Don’t miss out on our other exciting The War in the Air events:

  • Mar 2 — Announcement Blog
  • Mar 9 — Cover Reveal
  • Mar 16 — Press Release
  • Apr 6 — Sample Chapter
  • May 2 — Giveaway Opens
  • May 23 — Launch Info
  • May 28 — Book Release

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe

209 years ago, Edgar Allan Poe, Master of the Dark and Gloomy, was born. Poe was originally born to travelling actors, but they died when he was only three. He was taken in by John and Frances Allan, but despite giving him their name, they never officially adopted him.

Poe’s life was a Gothic tale in its own right. His relationship with his foster father was affection mixed with resentment, and the two often fought. John did not support Poe’s want to attend college, but Poe attended the University of Virginia anyway. The quality of his life deteriorated quickly. He had no money and turned to gambling, but he only acquired debts he could not pay.

Poe eventually dropped out of college and joined the military. He served for two years, rising to the rank of Sergeant Major, but then tried to end his enlistment early so he could attend West Point. In 1829, before entering West Point, Poe stayed with his aunt and cousin Virginia Clemm.

By 1829, Poe published two collections of poetry, but they garnered little attention. His alcoholism continued to worsen, and he could not support himself on writing alone. He left West Point, purposely getting court-martialed, and returned to his aunt’s. In 1836, he married Virginia, but by 1842, she contracted tuberculosis.

Virginia’s illness and death undoubtedly contributed to Poe’s Gothic creativity. He published “The Raven” in 1845. It left an unrivaled mark on the literary world, making Poe a household name, but Poe died only four years later. The cause of his death is still unknown.

Poe’s works are a twisted example of the real horrors his life held. It is easy to find Poe in his works, the real person among the characters. He is revered today, stories like “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” recited yearly for crowds across the world. Though there is more biography within than Poe likely intended, the personable being so close to the stories’ horrors are why he’s still beloved today.

 

 

New Release: “New Army Officer Survival Guide” by CPT Levi Floeter

We are incredibly excited to share our new release with you! The New Army Officer’s Survival Guide: Cadet to Commission through Command is the advice-equivalent to a double espresso for junior Army officers. It’s simple, it doesn’t take long to get through, and it provides results. Author Levi Floeter’s crisp and clear writing style answers many of the questions and concerns that cadets and junior officers have as they enter a career in the U.S. Army, making this book a great complement current to Army doctrine and regulations.

CPT Levi J. Floeter

Combining dozens of resources into a single and easily readable volume a cadet or junior officer can carry with them, the New Army Officer’s Survival Guide: Cadet to Commission through Command aids junior officers’ success by blending in Floeter’s first-hand experiences from over forty-one months in two separate Company Commands to personally advise and cover many lessons that most officers learn the hard way.

The book’s structure provides an overview of Army ROTC, a detailed walkthrough of skills needed by Junior Officers across the Army, and some explanations of techniques and possible leadership styles or methods to utilize in common situations. Four Annexes: Useful gear for the field and office; officer branch and Basic Officer Leader Course information; common acronyms and phrases, and a list of each Punitive Article of the UCMJ wrap up the book for quick access and reference.

Levi J. Floeter, following in his father’s footsteps (RET Air Force) into a military career, commissioned as an Army Infantry Officer from Eastern Washington University in 2008. Almost immediately after graduating Airborne and Infantry School at Fort Benning, Floeter received orders to deploy as a Platoon Leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2009 – July 2010. Since then, Floeter has held various positions as a Company X.O., Battalion Operations Assistant, Company Commander (on two occasions), and most recently serves as an ROTC instructor in the Military Science Program at the University of Washington. CPT Floeter is married and is the father to one daughter.

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