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Berlin Brats
"We spent our entire childhoods in the service of our country, and no one even knew we were there." - Pat Conroy

Books by BERLIN Brats & Faculty:

"Israel" & "Medienarbeit" by Ulrich Allwardt FAC '68-'69
  German textbooks.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Operation Vittles Cookbook" by The American Women in Blockaded BERLIN in 1949
  Click here for a (10 MB) copy. This particular copy is signed by the wife of General Clay. In addition to the recipes there are a few photos of the Airlift plus drawings by German children giving impressions of the Airlift.
   



"Ashes to Ashes or a Matter of Murder" by Noelle Maptin (aka Patty "Ma" Beech FAC '81-'84)
  Patty Beech grew up a military brat, became a military spouse and a Faculty member of BAHS. This is her first novel. Description: Detective Second Grade Nate Abbott suspected murder. He couldn't prove it, but he was sure Donald Morgan hadn't died by accident. All he had to do was find a way to prove what he suspected. Little did he know that the journey to the truth would change his life forever.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"The One-Cent President" by Paul Bergly '80
  What F. Scott Fitzgerld's Gatsby was to the Jazz Age, Bergly's character Nick Halda is to the present Media Age.
 
   



"Kill Mom" by Robert "Bob" Bradly '60
  I learned far more about Elder Financial Abuse than I ever expected after my Dad went on the Internet to find companionship, 5 months after my mother passed.  One click of his mouse located the biggest gold digger in Southern California, an evil predator who used the Internet, newspapers and retirement homes to prey on vulnerable seniors.  My book, is the story about trying to stop someone who had already killed for money.  
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"The Sixth Extinction" by Erik H. Brush '83
  The most chilling and powerful conservation book ever written. What you don't know can and will kill you. Find out about the Elasmobranchii-ceatacea Extinction Event that is happening right now. Learn about the solutions while there is yet time and hope. The Sixth Extinction is the most important book you will ever read. Learn why and join the fight to protect our world!
Available at: www.lulu.com
"The World Enders: V1 B1 Rage of the Maneaters" by Erik H. Brush '83
  The World Enders book 1 Rage of the Maneaters is a chilling look into a post apocalyptic near future in which human fueled pollution and over harvesting of natural resources has destroyed the balance and sent nature into an inescapable mass extinction event.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"The Boys of Chapultepec" by Dan Bunting '49
  A fictional account of Cadets of the Military Academy in Mexico City, called upon to defend the Academy and Mexico City against the American invasion of Mexico during the Mexican-American War, 1846-1848. A delightful story of heroism of boys 12 to 16.
Available at: www.lulu.com
"The Young Ambassadors" by Dan Bunting '49
  This book tells of the life of teenagers in Occupied Germany, 1946-49. It is a true account of experiences in daily life and dwells very much on BERLIN and the "Operation Vittles" BERLIN Airlift - the greatest humanitarian accomplishment in history.
Available at: www.lulu.com
   



"Marion" by † Laurel (Coleman) Steinhice '52 †
  Marion was a woman of her times. She lived through the privations of the Great Depression and the exciting dangers of World War II; she built the foundations for a remarkable career in London during the Blitz and in BERLIN during the Blockade.
Available at: www.amazon.com
"Marion's Child" by † Laurel (Coleman) Steinhice '52 †
  Now the author shifts from the observer's perspective with which she told her late mother's story in her previous book, Marion, to first-person reporting in Marion's Child, and gives us her child's-eye-view memories of non-stop adventure set against a backdrop of dramatic times.
Available at: www.amazon.com
"No Denial " by † Laurel (Coleman) Steinhice '52 †
  We are not survivors or first-hand witnesses. But my grandmother, Marion S. Coleman, was given the daunting task of documenting and explaining these shocking images for posterity. Our intention in publishing No Denial is to present these pictures as they were first seen by much of the world, when the horrors that we now collectively describe by the once-obscure word "holocaust" were simply called "atrocities." -- from the preface by Charles C. Steinhice
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Chelsea Horror Hotel: A Novel" by † Douglas Colvin '70 "Dee Dee Ramone" †
  "Dee Dee Ramone sets himself as the central character, shacking up with his girl Barbara and dog Banfield at The Chelsea Hotel, New York's hang-out for the underground hipsters. It is also the site where Sid Vicious killed Nancy Spungeon in the late 1970s." - K. Brown
Available at: www.amazon.com
"Legend of a Rock Star: A Memoir" by † Douglas Colvin '70 "Dee Dee Ramone" †
  "Riddled with acerbic hilarity, Legend of a Rock Star offers a fantastic, unflinching look at the abysmal underbelly of the rock 'n' roll dream as Dee Dee and his new brothers tour Europe in a tiny cramped van and try their best not to kill one another."
Available at: www.amazon.com
"Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones" by † Douglas Colvin '70 "Dee Dee Ramone" †
  "A lurid and unlikely temperance tract from the underbelly of rock 'n' roll. Taking readers on a wild rollercoaster ride from his crazy childhood in BERLIN and Munich to his lonely methadone-soaked stay at a cheap hotel in Earl's Court and newfound peace on the straight and narrow, Dee Dee Ramone catapults readers into the raw world of sex, addiction, and two-minute songs."
Available at: www.amazon.com
"Poison Heart: Surviving the Ramones" by † Douglas Colvin '70 "Dee Dee Ramone" †
  "Poison Heart is Dee Dee Ramone's perspective on 15 years of touring with the band. It is a harrowing tale, both tragic and comic, littered with many of the colorful characters who made up the New York punk scene."
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Yani and the Knapper: The Journey (The Saga of Yani)" by Cherie (Coon) Jordan -
     FAC-TAR (6th  grade teacher)
  Yani's life in her home village changes abruptly when the Old Knapper stops to barter his blades. Their journey takes them through an imaginary stone-age land loosely based on Europe.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Grover Canyon" by Samuel P. Echeveste FAC '67-'69
  A story about a Mexican-American boy growing up in a little Arizona mining town. The story takes the reader to the Korean War and later to the Military Dependent Schools in Europe. Dr. Bill Elstran, football coach at BERLIN American High School, does the introduction. John Winkler, a teacher and coach at BAHS from 1966-1968, is also in the book. "Grover Canyon" has won the Mariposa Award for best first book in the 2005 Latino Book Awards sponsored by Latino Literacy Now. Mr. Echeveste was the Industrial Arts (shop, drafting) and Social Studies teacher from 1966-1969. Cost mailed is $17.42.
E-mail Samuel P. Echeveste at: the_Ech@yahoo.com
   



"1492: A Novel of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Inquisition & a World at the Turning
         Point"
by Newton Frohlich '53
  “A rollicking, readable, and fascinating story…. For a grand, sweeping tale of the history of Spain at the end of the 15th century, 1492 is hard to beat.” St. Louis Post Dispatch
Available at: www.amazon.com
 
"The Shakespeare Mask: A Novel" by Newton Frohlich '53
  What if the author of the greatest works ever written in the English language wasn’t who we think he was? In the sixteenth century, a precocious young nobleman draws the attention of the Elizabethan court—and of the Virgin Queen herself. A writer and patron of the arts, Edward de Vere is volatile, controversial, and brilliant. He leaves a trail of women and scandal in his wake. But his plays, when he’s in the queen’s good graces, charm the court. His sonnets turn feelings into sound." "Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in Historical Fiction"
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



by Holly Scherer & Kathie (Hotter) Hightower '71
 
Militaryspousejourney.com
lovemilitarylife.com
Spouse Journey
1001 Things
Around the Table
       
   



"Retirement Isn't Boring...when you live in an Active Adult Community" ​
        by Irene (Jenkins) Hammond '83 ​('71-'79)
 

Approaching 55 and looking for a place to retire? This book could help you....make the leap into an active adult community. Irene, a veteran real estate agent, can help you find the perfect place. Questions are answered here.
Available at:
www.amazon.com 

   



"Up Against the Wall - Tall Tales and True from West Berlin, the Island City" by Edwin Jones,   
         SMSgt, USAF, Ret. (father of Chantelle '87 & Darby)
  West Berlin in the 1970s was a magical place...It was in this environment, well behind the "Iron Curtain," that many young men and women experienced their first overseas assignment. Combining history, hearsay, and personal experience, Ed Jones relates these tales in a tongue-in-cheek manner that will delight and intrigue the reader.
Available at: www.tatepublishing.com
   



Books by New York Times Bestseller Lois "Margaret" (George) Kaufman '60
 
Elizabeth I
Helen of Troy
Lucille Lost
Mary Called Magdalene
Cleopatra
Mary Queen of Scots
Henry VIII
  These historical novels feature the larger-than-life characters of the titles, except the children's book LUCILLE LOST, about a pet turtle. Margaret is a rolling stone who has lived in many places, beginning her traveling at the age of four when her father joined the U.S. diplomatic service and was posted to a consulate in Taiwan. Following that they lived in Tel Aviv (and visited other places in the Middle East), Bonn and BERLIN (during the spy-and-Cold-War days) before returning to Washington D.C.
  Visit Margaret's personal website at: www.margaretgeorge.com
   



Books by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt '52
  "Me and DiMaggio" A baseball memoir (Simon & Schuster, 1986)
"A Crooked Man" A novel (Simon & Schuster, 1995)
"The Mad Cook of Pymatuning" A novel (Simon & Schuster, 2005)
  Available at: www.amazon.com
Christopher was writing a memoir about his year in BERLIN. It is not yet titled.
   
  Christopher passed 7 November 2018. Click here for Obit.



"There's A Thin Line" Bk.1 Legal Reichs by Ronin Schtihl Daire (aka Trisha Lindsey '82)
  Blair Aikman is a female black Anti-Terrorist Agent, who works for the Shadow Agency, which has been formed to combat the new threat of terrorism within the borders of the United States. Her directive: Eliminate the threat posed by Robert Lee Dyson, leader of the Aryan Brotherhood Nation, who is determined to consolidate the strength of thirty major neo-nazi organizations in the U.S. When everything goes wrong, she must rely on the skills she has learned from years of living in the shadows to get away from Josef, the leader's Son. This is the first book in a five book series.
"Between Love and Hate" Bk. 2 Reich in the Middle by Ronin Schtihl Daire (aka Trisha Lindsey '82)
  A game of love and hate has erupted with startling results! Now Blair has to do something she has never done in her life ... run! Josef has to walk a tightrope, keeping the secret of their relationship and the children they have created, yet employ his own forces to tear America apart if need be to find Blair and his sons. And he must prepare himself and his Aryan Army to repay America for trying to tear his Brotherhood apart. Between Love and Hate: Book Two - Reich in the Middle continues the story of Josef's rise to power, which continues his new vision for America with a dramatic twist! Be on the lookout for Revenge is Mine: Book Three: Left to Reichs. See why Homeland Security is necessary for the very soul of America.
Available at: www.amazon.com or www.publishamerica.com
   



"Cold War Memories: A Retrospective on Living in Berlin" Yoshika (Loftin) Lowe '83 & Trisha
       Lindsey '82)
  Cold War Memories is an informative and entertaining history of what life was like in Berlin for US dependents, their teachers and their families from 1946 until 1994. There are first-hand accounts covering the Berlin Air Lift (Col. Gail Halvorsen himself wrote the epilogue), the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, JFK's visit to Berlin, Ronald Reagan's visits to the Walled City, the 1986 bombing of the La Belle discotheque, close encounters in Communist East Berlin and much more! These are our stories--some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Many will intrigue and surprise you. Cold War Memories is a compilation work, featuring the stories of 148 contributors, including ten former faculty.

One dollar of every book purchased through our e-store will be donated to the Berlin Brats Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. We know you will enjoy this wonderful compilation of the stories of brats and their teachers!
Available at: www.amazon.com or https://www.createspace.com/4863523
   



Books by New York Times Bestseller Stephen Mansfield '76
  Visit Stephen's personal website at: www.mansfieldgroup.com
 
Prince
Soldier
Bush
Guinness
Palin
Harvey
Whitefield
Obama
People
Tortured

 
ReChurch
DeLay
Pope
Heros
Destiny
Teacher
Vl'teers
Lincoln
 Trump  
  Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Finding Her: Rediscovering the Beauty of Your Reflection" by Marrissa McKinnies '93
  An introspective journey to freedom by asking herself hard questions to help mend her brokenness. Marissa leaves a road map for others to follow with scripture, questions, and opportunities for reflection. This is a great book for women's studies group, battered women, teenage girls, mothers and anyone curious to know how to go from hurt to health.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"My Life" by Otto Ninow FAC '48-'50
  Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Maiden Voyage" by John Pinschmidt FAC '79-'86
  Available at: www.omahonys.ie
   



 
 "War! What Is It Good For?: Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II
      to Iraq"
by Kimberley L. Phillips '78
  Available at: www.amazon.com
For more information visit Dean Kimberley Phillips @ Brooklyn College.
   



 
 "Ghosts of Berlin" by Ralph Ryan '72
  In 1971, after five years training as a covert CIA agent, Mark Dillon returns to Berlin. Not for a Cold War government mission—he’s there hoping to search the war-torn streets of East Germany for Russian General Mstislav, who raped his mother during WWII. Will Mark be able to achieve his personal missions and rid himself of his ghosts?
Available at www.amazon.com
 
 "Wildfire" by Ralph Ryan '72
  Wildfire is an exhilarating tale of the lengths one man goes in pursuit of a dream. Told he'll never make the cut to become an elite California Smoke jumper, Ralph Ryan employs laser-like focus, a 'never give up' attitude, and the calming mental training of Eastern mysticism to earn the right to leap out of planes and fight forest fires. There's beauty and danger in these pages, filled with bird's eye views of the world from beneath a parachute, and raging blazes just steps away. When an accident results in a broken back, Ryan offers all of us a moving lesson in belief in oneself and overcoming our own bleakest days.
Available at www.amazon.com
   



"Both Are Better - Travels in Britian and France" by Jane Schnell '48
  Hear the voices, smell the aromas that waft past Jane on her cycling adventures through Britain and France. Jane has a gift for making one see the places she describes.
Available at: www.amazon.com
"Encourage - Travels in Siberia & Mongolia with World Ride Stage 9" by Jane Schnell '48
  A 600 mile odyssey thru Siberia and Mongolia with disabled cyclists. Learn how the challenges of that journey were met as we all ride the same road, the difference is in how we meet the obstacles along the way. The people in this book make the story but the scenery provides a vivid backdrop.
Available at: www.amazon.com
"Changing Gears Bicycling America's Perimeter" by Jane Schnell '48
  In Changing Gears, Jane Schnell tells the amazing story of her retirement adventure, a bicycle trip around the perimeter of the United States. Schnell began her journey at the age of 55, when she traded her desk chair at the Central Intelligence Agency for the saddle of a touring bicycle.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Bud, Sweat, & Tees: Rich Beem's Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tour" by Alan Shipnuck
  Warning: Strippers, groupies, gambling, drinking: Someone forgot to tell Alan Shipnuck that books about golf are supposed to be boring. - Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated
Available at: www.amazon.com
Rich Beem '88
   



"Kalagas: The Wall Hangings of Southeast Asia" by Mary Anne Stanislaw '71
 
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Soils and Landscape Restoration" by John Stanturf '65
  Soils and Landscape Restoration provides a multidisciplinary synthesis on the sustainable management and restoration of soils in various landscapes.


Available at: www.elsevier.com
"Achieving sustainable management of boreal and temperate forests" by John Stanturf '65
  This collection reviews current research on balancing commercial use with the range of ecosystem services delivered by boreal and temperate forests.
 

Available at: www.bdspublishing.com

"Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences" by John Stanturf '65,
      David Lamb, Palle Madsen, (Eds.)
  Restoration ecology, as a scientific discipline, developed from practitioners’ efforts to restore degraded land...
 

Available at: www.springer.com

"A Goal-Oriented Approach to Forest Landscape Restoration" by John Stanturf '65, Palle Madsen,
      David Lamb (Eds.)
  While restoration ecology has traditionally aimed to re-create some putative more ‘natural’ ecological state, forest landscape restoration (FLR) has emerged as an approach aimed more at restoring natural functions, while focusing on meeting human needs.

Available at: www.springer.com
   
"Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests, second edition" by John Stanturf '65
  Humans have influenced the landscapes and forests throughout the temperate and boreal zones for millennia.
 

Available at: www.routledge.com

   



"In the Hands of a Good Providence" by Mary V. Thompson '73
  Religion in the Life of George Washington - "This is likely the best book that will ever be written on Washington and religion, and it may be as close as we will come to an understanding of Washington's Christianity." - Frank E. Grizzard, Director of the Lee Family Digital Archive at Washington and Lee University and author of George! A Guide to All Things Washington.
Available at: www.amazon.com
"A Short Biography of Martha Washington" by Mary V. Thompson '73
  Never guessing what she had signed on for Martha―set a standard of style and grace for all the First Ladies to come. Even though she and George were born into an era of political and economic-driven marriages, they found love and mutual respect that gave them the strength to start a nation. 
Available at: www.amazon.com
"The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon" by Mary V. Thompson '73
  Mary offers the first comprehensive account of those who served in bondage at Mount Vernon. Drawing on years of research Thompson brings to life the lives of Washington’s slaves while illuminating the radical change in his views on slavery and race wrought by the American Revolution.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Armageddon" by Leon Uris
  One of the greatest books about BERLIN after the war. Dan Bunting '49 was part of the history at the beginning of the Airlift, and is cited by Uris.
Available at: www.amazon.com
   



"Life is a Piece of Cake: A Whisper From the Silent Generation" by Don Wright '52
  "The yarns in Life is a Piece of Cake tell the story of my life from childhood through my adventures with the U-2...Without the character-building experiences wrought by the circumstances under which I was raised, I may not have made it to the Air Force, let alone to the cockpit of the one of the highest-flying airplanes in the world.. I know from personal experience that change is not to be feared. In fact, it is to be embraced."
Available at: captaindonwright.com or www.amazon.com
 

Books By, For and About Brats:

"Growing Up In Khaki" by George Allingham
  Available at: www.military-brats.com
   
"Uncle Sam's Kids" by Randy Bartlett
  Funny and moving, based on true events. Follows a year in the lives of three teenagers boarding at an American Military High School in Frankfurt, Germany and vacationing in Copenhagen, Denmark. The three struggle with dorm life, teachers, administrators, and romantic intrigues during the '50’s in post World War II Europe. UNCLE SAM’S KIDS captures that time period and how growing up in a military family was a unique, interesting, and sometimes painful experience.
Available at www.amazon.com
   
"Durable Goods" by Elizabeth Berg
  Berg's understated and promising fiction debut, a 12-year-old "army brat" comes to epitomize the quality that her father prizes: emotional durability.
Available at www.amazon.com
   
"The Yokota Officers Club" by Sarah Bird
  Sarah Bird's world, viewed through the eyes and memories of a sassy Air Force Brat. Sarah Bird, author of 4 previous novels made the New York Times best seller list with this endeavor. Available at: www.military-brats.com
   
"Above the East China Sea" by Sarah Bird
  Luz, a contemporary U.S. Air Force brat, lives with her no-nonsense sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base in Japan. Luz's older sister, her best friend and emotional centre, has died in the Afghan war. Unmoored by her death, unable to lean on her mother, Luz contemplates taking her own life.
Available at www.amazon.com
   
"Between Duty and Devotion" by M.J. Brett Bamberg '74 & Stuttgart FAC '81-'92
  A novel of unconditional love. Available at: www.mjbrett.com
   
Mutti's War" by M.J. Brett Bamberg '74 & Stuttgart FAC '81-'92
  A rather delicate young German mother is forced to smuggle her three small boys out of East Prussia when the Russians surround it in 1944. Won the 2003 Paul Gillette Award for Historical Fiction and is part of the curriculum at the United States Air Force Academy. Available at: www.mjbrett.com
   
Shadows on an Iron Curtain" by M.J. Brett Bamberg '74 & Stuttgart FAC '81-'92
  Tells of life on the Cold War Border delineated by both communist intrigue and the unique camaraderie of those soldiers who defended against it.
Available at: www.mjbrett.com
   
"Coming Home Series: Navy Dad" by Sandi (Bouley) Lorenzana
  "...offers valuable advice to help all members of the [military] family better vocalize their feelings and handle the inevitable difficulties that surface in the lives of 'military brats'."
   
"Secret Father" by James Carroll
  The year is 1961 and all three attend the American high school in Wiesbaden. Rick, a budding socialist and leader of the three, decides they should cut school and travel to BERLIN to attend the great May Day parade in the Eastern sector. The trip begins as a lark, but descends into chaos after their capture by East German police on trumped up currency-fraud charges. Currently a best seller.
   
"The Great Santini" by Pat Conroy
  Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He’s all Marine—fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife—beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben’s got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn’t give in—not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.
Available at www.amazon.com
   
"Growing up Military " by Marc Curtis & Military Brats
  "Growing Up Military - Every Brat Has a Story" - A compilation of brat stories put together by Military Brats Registry owner and sponsor of the "Every Brat Has a Story" cruises, Marc Curtis.
   
"A Brat's Tale: The Rise & Fall of a Prodigal Son"by Deane C. Drury
  The personal and poignant story of this Brat's odyssey as he experienced the trauma at age seven of the first-hand discovery of his mother’s suicide by gunshot, the oft-traveled and strictly-disciplined life of a military brat devoid of parental displays of affection, four rigorous years at the United States Military Academy at West Point. (Lajes High School Brat & U of MD Munich)
Available at www.amazon.com
 
"Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global" by Faith Eidse and Nina Sichel as editor
  Featuring 20 writers. Unique Brat Book because the perspective it uses comes from not only Military Brats but also kids from 3rd world cultures and their experiences in other 3rd world countries. Order through: U.S. Marketing at 888-273-2539.
E-mail Faith Eidse at: faith_eidse@hotmail.com
 
"Around the World in 45 Years" by Tom Ellinger
 

"The author describes his early years surviving the air raids which destroyed both his school and home in Frankfurt, Germany during World War II, before immigrating to the U.S."

   
"Walls"by L.M. Elliott
 

'60-'61 Drew is an Army Brat in West Berlin, where soldiers like his dad hold an outpost of democracy against communist Russia. Drew’s cousin Matthias, an East Berliner, has grown up in the wreckage of Allied war bombing, on streets ruled by the secret police.
Jim Branson '64 and George Gilmore '67 (both Berlin Brats) were interviewed exclusively for this book.
Available at www.scrawlbooks.com  Click HERE to see the cover of the book

   
"Military Brats and Other Global Nomads" by Morten G. Ender
 

After World War II, American political, military, corporate, and humanitarian responsibilities abroad expanded greatly. With families in tow, government officials, military service personnel, business executives, and missionaries began to travel and live, in increasing numbers, outside of their home country. Other nations followed suit. Ender examines this legacy of the late 20th century and analyzes the social, psychological, and historical imprints on people who came of age in these service organization families.
Visit: www.greenwood.com/books/BookDetail.asp?sku=C7266

   
"Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat's Guide to Life and Success" by Harris Faulkner
  Harris shares the lessons she learned growing up in a military family paying homage to the military ideals that shaped her and showing how everyone can benefit from bringing the wisdom of military service into their lives. Along the way she also interviews current and former military families, generals and other officers and tells stories from her father's career to illuminate how and why the message and mission of the military is so effective at changing lives both on and off the battlefield.
Harris is currently the host of "Outnumbered" and "Outnumbered Overtime"- Fox News morning programs/2018.
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"Daddy, You're My Hero!" & "Mommy, You're My Hero!" by Michelle Ferguson-Cohen
  Titles written and illustrated by an adult military brat help military families coping with deployment. Books for Brats™ has been working with educators, Family Readiness Groups and military families since 2001 to help support and advocate for children of military personnel.
Available at: Books for Brats
   
"After Burn" by Sherry Ficklin
  Reece Barnet and her father have just relocated to sunny North Carolina, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to be exact. It's another new town and another new school.
   
"Just a Little Rain" by Bob Flournoy
  A new book out about Pattonville in the early 60s. It is about boys that grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet days of the '50's and '60's, and wound up in Vietnam. It is a memoir written by several military brats, 4 of them who attended Robinson Barracks Jr Hi and Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg High, with fond memories of those places and times.
   
"Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon" by Sandy Hanna
  2020 Best Book Finalist Award from the American Book Fest in the History category. This memoir covers the early 60s when Sandy, her siblings, and parents, were transferred to Saigon by the Army. A true coming-of-age story that reads like a novel, told from a young person’s perspective, of a unique time in history.
   
"Abayomi's Deployment Blues" by Tiana Monae Hayes-Jones
  Abayomi’s confronted with the harsh reality of being a military dependent after her father; a United States Navy sailor is summoned to a nine-month deployment leaving her and her mother behind. In this gripping children’s reality, Abayomi learns the true meaning of father’s sacrifice; helping her with the difficult task of coping with his temporary absence.
Available in April 2021
   
"Hot Times During the Cold War: An American Comes of Age in West Germany" by Scott W
        Hawley
  From 1985 to 1988, Scott W. Hawley, the son of a U.S. Air Force officer, lived on Rhein Main Air Force Base, a bustling U.S. military installation located in the heart of what was then West Germany. One of six hundred children of U.S. military personnel attending Frankfurt American High School, he lived the unique experience of being an American teenager in Germany during the Cold War.
   
"Piper Reed: Navy Brat" by Kimberly Willis Holt
  Written by a National Book Award-winning children's author. Although the book is a work of fiction, Holt says the setup is based on her own military childhood.
   
"In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson
  Available at: Amazon.com
   
"A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the Fifties (Vols 1 & 2)" by Bernard N Lee Jr.
  When I was a child, we were always moving from one place to another. Making friends was something I looked forward to with an uneasy anticipation. My dad was in the military. We moved, like clockwork, every three years until I was more than twenty-years-old. The things I saw and the places I lived are now a part of history. They form the canvas for “A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the Fifties.”
   
"Brat and the Kids of Warriors" by Michael J. Lyons
  Brat and the Kids of Warriors is the first in a series of novels about the military brats. Jack McMasters and his sisters, perfect Queenie and out-of-control Rabbit are military brats creating adventures wherever they go but their dad's a new assignment to Cooke Barracks in West Germany means leaving behind every friend they have.
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"The Last Bookshop in London: A novel of WWII" by Madeline Martin (Wurzburg Brat)
  August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. Grace winds up working at a dusty old bookshop. A force that triumphs over the darkest nights of the war.
Available at: Amazon.com (along with others she's written)
   
"Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth"
       
by Iain MacGregor
Oral history of those who lived, worked, escaped and died by the Berlin Wall. Excellent and revelatory interviews with key eyewitnesses. Many memories from American servicemen and members of the Berlin U.S. Military Veteran's Assn. (our parent's organization).
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"Beneath the Wild Blue" by Marian McCarthy
In the aftermath of World War II, Francine “Fritzi” Fontaine longs to escape the stifling heat and segregated society in her home town. When she falls for Second Lieutenant Joe Stoddard, a cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps, she also finds her ticket to see the world. Fritzi and Joe get married and fly off into the wild blue yonder, where he becomes a test pilot and Fritzi the quintessential Air Force Wife.
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"Secrets of the Cold War" by Leland C McCaslin
  "Lee McCaslin is a fellow Army Brat/Overseas Brat who attended both Nürnberg and Heidelberg American High Schools, graduating in 1965. Lee spent his 20+ year Army career in StealthMode, operating in all the Berlin Wall/Secret Agent world we often hear about, but don't get to take that elusive peak-inside to learn the truth."
   
   
"The Naval Adventures of a Dental Sailor" by: Kim Medders (Karlsruhe Brat)
  This is the story of my naval career as a dental sailor. While doing dentist stuff on the high seas doesn't sound as exciting as shooting up Osama Bin Laden, all jobs in the Navy are important and believe it or not, there can be as many thrills, even combat situations! Come aboard with me as I sail you through the high seas of my memories.
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"What Was the Berlin Wall " by Nico Medina - A good resource book for young adults or  
        those not in the know.
  The Berlin Wall finally came down in 1989. Now readers can find out why it was built in the first place; and what it meant for Berliners living on either side of it. Here's the fascinating story of a city divided.
Available at Amazon.com
   
"Once a Brat Always a Brat " by Marilyn C. Morris
  As one of the first dependents to be sent overseas at the end of WWII, eight-year old Marilyn Celeste Morris received her very own orders from The War Department.
   
"Skinny Dipping And Other Stories" by Gene Moser of Operation Footlocker fame
  Skinny Dipping begins in the spring of 1956 when army brat Phil Boydon enters yet another new school and meets Elaine Goodman, a local girl. In the following months Elaine becomes El and the two young teens find themselves attracted to each other. They draw closer to each other and they begin to explore the meaning of love. Then parents step in and Phil finds himself going to military school. How will they survive without each other?
   
"Into Joy From Sadness" by Gene Moser of Operation Footlocker fame
  Into Joy From Sadness continues the story of army brat Phil Boydon and civilian girl El Goodman as they struggle through the first two years of high school. El, once popular, now finds herself rejected by most other girls and hounded by boys. Phil must cope with military school and the sometimes harsh discipline directed towards "Youngster Cadets."
Available at: www.military-brats.com web site. Some of the proceeds from this book will go towards supporting the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS)
   
"I'm a Brat (Vol 1)" by  Jim Odom
  Being a military Brat means moving often, but this time, David Boyer is happy about it. After a horrible year with no friends, David creates a plan to reinvent himself so he can fit in. 
Available at Amazon.com
   
"A Cold War Teacher's Tale" by Carol O'Donnell-Knych
  In 1961, Carol Knych was hired by the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany, where she began a lifetime career as an English teacher for the children of military personnel. Stationed in Germany in the midst of the Cold War, Carol witnessed both the height of communism, and the eventual fall of the Soviet Union. In-between, the Cold War Teacher's Tales reflects countless other memories that span an era.
Available at Amazon.com
   
"Boricua Brat: coming of age as a military dependent" by Nelson Pacheco
  A true story of coming of age in the 1960s as a military dependent in cultural melting pots as varied as Puerto Rico, Brooklyn and France.
   
"It Burns a Lovely Light" by Penny McCann Pennington
  The James family, a tight-knit foursome that move from base to base. The dysfunction of the family relying only on each other (their family motto is 'Us four and no more') is revealed when crisis strikes. The descriptions of military life, from base housing, to the Officer's Club, to the protocol involved when an airman is killed or wounded, are based on Pennington's personal knowledge of military life. Available at Amazon.com
   
"An Army ABC Book" by Kristen T. Pirog
  An Army ABC Book is an approach to the alphabet with a distinct military flair. Aspects of life in the US Army are illustrated from A-Z through vibrant, child friendly watercolors. The phonetic alphabet used by the US Army is listed under each corresponding letter. An inspirational and moving poem dedicated to the Military child is also included.
Available at: www.trafford.com/05-1321 A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to charities that support Army families, including Operation Remembrance which provides keepsake boxes to the families of fallen soldiers.
   
"The Brat Chronicles" by Michael Ritter '73 Kaiserslautern
  The year is 1972 and Michael is starting his senior year at Kaiserslautern American High School. "The Brat Chronicles" reflects the experiences of Americans who fought the good fight, not on the field of battle, but in living rooms of military housing around the world.
Currently (2021) out of print
   
"Train of Thought " by Tony Savageau and Walter Chalkley
  It's June of 1982 and two school chums, Tony and Butch, are freshly graduated from Munich American High School. With their girlfriends they embark on a month-long trip through Europe by rail. Eleven countries, twenty-three train trips, a month of Sundays and about 6,200 miles later they returned home in the best physical shape ever (and since) and with journals full of their experiences.
Available directly from Blue Mustang Press at: www.bluemustangpress.com
   
"Death by Innocence" by Thomas Slagle
  In 1969, at the height of the Viet Nam War, four American military and State Department brats spend their last year of high school on an American military base in Ankara, Turkey. Rampant drug use and innocent lapses of judgment combine to produce emotional scars that will last their lifetimes.
   
"The Sullivan Saga: Memories of an Overseas Childhood (Volume 1)" by M. H. Sullivan
  Maureen (Sullivan) Romagnoli '68 ISB (International School of Bangkok) is a Brat author. Her book was featured at the Overseas Brats Homecoming in August 2010.
   
"Forks in the Flowerpots" by Jojo Schroeder '85 Munich
  This first novel tells the story of what happens to a peaceful New England town when murders rock the idyllic life of the residents. Jojo Schroeder has a wit and a story-telling edge that's bound to appeal to fans of good, tight reads.
Available directly from Blue Mustang Press at: www.bluemustangpress.com
   
"The Absentee American ~ Repatriates’ Perspectives on America" by Carolyn D. Smith
  Explores the experiences, feelings, attitudes and opinions of Americans who lived overseas. Students from overseas schools were interviewed or questioned.
   
"Strangers at Home ~ Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange
       Land"
by Carolyn D. Smith
  Published by Aletheia Publications, 46 Bell Hollow Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579 www.members.aol.com/alethpub/ or (845)926-2873
   
"The Boot Tree: A Chronicle of a Cold War Army Family, 1960 to 1988"by David L Teska
  David, an Army “Brat” from the '60's-'80s, tells the story of how his family, moved frequently from place to place, (Okinawa, Japan; West Germany, England, and Italy). David was part of the Vietnam conflict as his mother and two siblings endured two year-long separations during their father’s deployments to South Vietnam. David, retired Coast Guard Reserve officer, 30+ years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard.
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"BRATS: Children of the American Military Speak Out"by Mary R. Truscott
  Herself an Army brat--the daughter of a general--Truscott interviewed more than three dozen survivors of that special experience. Because of the constant moving imposed by the military on employees, their children tend to develop few lasting friendships, and so grow unusually close to their siblings, she observes.
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"Confessions of an Overseas Brat: Growing up in Europe during the 1960s and early
        70's"
by Ronald Walker
  Ronald went from boyhood to manhood living in a most unusual time and place, namely in Madrid, Spain during the 1960's and early 70's.
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"Military Brats ~ Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress" by Mary Edwards Wertsch
  The most well known book written about being a Brat. Published in 1991 by Aletheia Publications. The intro was written by Pat Conroy....famous for his novel written about a Marine Corps pilot and his family and then made into a movie called "The Great Santini"!
Available at: Amazon.com
   
"Forty Autumns" by Nina Willner
  In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Available at: Amazon.com