A diverse collection of stories. An allegorical wonderland filled with people (and other creatures) struggling to find happiness using the full array of man’s favorite coping mecha-nisms, like chicanery, manipulation, deception, and everyone’s favorite—murder.
In this book, Woody Dykes tells some of his childhood tales, especially those from when he lived on Rutan Street in Wichita, KS. True stories that all ages will find fun to read and that capture the essence of an American childhood in the mid-20th century.
First 300 copies sold will be signed by the author.
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Radio Interview with Author accompanied by photos from his book.
Wicklund, a pioneer of sea exploration, tells of his adventures under the sea. Diving for science, government, and treasure, he has experienced amazing discoveries, dangers, and thrills. He shares his experiences with the world in this book, containing over 50 photos.
“Bob Wicklund shares an insider’s view of historic events … from underwater encounters with Cuban President Fidel Castro to meetings with fish in icy Arctic waters and standoffs with drug smugglers, all share the single element that makes them at once entrancing and enduring—they are all true … some terrifying, some wise, some breakout-laughing hilarious, others painful sagas of loss, both of treasured friends and of treasured places in the sea.”
— Sylvia A. Earle, PhD, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, author, documentary film producer, and former Chief Scientist at NOAA
"A fascinating read.
By the time you are finished you will understand the reasons for our country to know more, much more about the oceans. As if BP didn’t make that point already. Bob Wicklund is not a desk scientist. He is a diver and thus a teacher who all can understand. An exciting, no holds barred story of earth’s greatest natural resource. A must for teenagers and senior citizens alike."
—Lowell P. Weicker, former U.S. Senator and Governor of the State of Connecticut. Served as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the oceans.
"In Eyes of the Sea Bob Wicklund takes you on a
voyage into the wonders beneath the waves. His carefully researched and dramatically described expeditions of his underwater
adventures is certain to intrigue the readers and make them wish to learn more about the mysteries lurking in the depths, if not incite
them to take up diving and see the wonders for themselves."
—Clive Cussler, bestselling author and the founder of the National Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA).
"In his book, Eyes in the Sea, Bob Wicklund brings the reader along on an undersea rollercoaster ride as he recounts his adventures in the early days of diving, ocean exploration, and coral reef research. With his vivid tales of undersea living and marine life, he ventures into the high-power politics of Washington, DC, and fends off drug-runners while running a marine research station on a remote island in the Bahamas. It is an entertaining and informative book that in the end showcases how our love and neglect of the sea, have changed it forever."
—Ellen Prager, PhD., marine scientist and author of popular earth and ocean science books, previously chief scientist at Aquarius Reef Base and the former Chair of the Federal Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel.
"Bob Wicklund writes of a time when the depths of the oceans were a vast unknown and a few brave souls were shining a light into that darkness. In honest, compelling prose, he shares personal highlights from a golden age of undersea exploration."
—Dr. Joe MacInnis, deep-sea explorer and author of Aliens of the Deep and Fitzgerald's Storm.
"This rough-and-tumble kid with a brave heart embarked on a lifetime of bringing science to the underwater world that fascinated him. And what a lifetime it’s been—diving with the likes of Prince Charles and Fidel Castro, living for weeks in submerged habitats, and working in the Senate. Wicklund shares with us an amazing string of record-breaking, breath-taking, dangerous, and dazzling adventures under the sea."
—Linda K. Glover, an oceanographer, a diver and author of books on oceans and space, spent decades pursuing ocean science and policy for NOAA and the Navy.
In the old Southern town of Lexington, Virginia, letters to the editor stretch from last week’s News-Gazette back to 1804. Student researchers at Washington & Lee University sought out as many of those letters as they could, indexing more than 8,000 and transcribing about 1,400. This rich material was turned into a play that premiered at the Theater at Lime Kiln. With hundreds more published here, along with the original script, the voices of the Valley speak again, glints of gold out of the creek bed of Time.
In Founding Spirits George Washington’s largely unknown and unexamined role as the entrepreneurial owner of one of the largest whiskey distilleries in 18th-century America forms the core of this detailed portrayal of the origins of the American whiskey industry.
Using the rich body of personal papers and other documentary evidence from the Mount Vernon plantation, Dennis Pogue highlights the development of American whiskey production and the primary economic and social role consuming alcoholic beverages played in Colonial American society.Praise for Founding Spirits
“How many of us knew that the young George Washington bought votes with free beer and rum punch? Or that the old, retired president’s distillery pumped out 10,000 gallons of rye whiskey in a single year? Here’s a toast to historian Dennis Pogue for excavating the intimate relationship between strong liquor and the strong man at Mount Vernon.”
—Joel Achenbach, author of The Grand Idea: George Washington’s Potomac and the Race to the West.
“Dennis Pogue has done the reputation of George Washington a huge favor. His painstaking research of the written and archaeological records meticulously places the Mount Vernon distillery in the wider contexts of George Washington's far-ranging plantation and entrepreneurial pursuits. What Pogue reveals is that George Washington was no blurry-eyed visionary. Always practical in his military, political, and business adventures, it is no wonder that he was also extremely savvy about the production and use of alcohol and the role that it played in American society. Beyond that, Pogue explores the significance of alcohol in America's wider public sphere since Washington's time, leading up to the recent restoration of the Mount Vernon distillery.”
—Frank E. Grizzard Jr., director of the Lee Family Digital Archive at Washington and Lee University and author of George! A Guide to All Things Washington and 143 Questions and Answers About George Washington.
A number of historians have held that antislavery activity died out in the South after the early 19th century. This was not completely true, as you will learn in Ripe for Emancipation. Neely Young’s extensive research has uncovered evidence of a continuing antislavery tradition in the so-called “Upper South” from the Revolution until about 1850.
This tradition of antislavery sentiment thrived most in the Appalachian regions of western Virginia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and Kentucky. One of the centers of antislavery activity was Rockbridge County, Virginia, which supplied some of the leading figures in the Virginia and Upper South emancipationists’ movements. The people of Rockbridge were reluctant to join the Confederacy and when they did, it was not to defend slavery or even states’ rights but to defend their lives, homes, and property against northern invasion.
“Neely Young’s carefully researched book deftly explores the Rockbridge antislavery tradition during the decades prior to the Civil War. He places both the local reformers and their emancipation and colonization programs within a national context. He also provides a much-needed corrective to the work of recent scholars who downplay the effort or assert that the local champions of the failed program cared little about the well-being of the slaves themselves.”
— Taylor Sanders, Professor of History, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia.
“This thoughtful, meticulously documented, and articulate exposition of the Southern antislavery movement from the founding of the Republic, up to the last decade before the Civil War, is essential to a genuine understanding of American history as it has been wrought by considerations of race. Ripe for Emancipation is a compelling book and a rewarding read, which lays bare the roots of American racial disharmony persisting to the present day.”
—George Warren, Director, Local History Museum, Lexington, Virginia.