August 26, 2004

The New Soldier

I have been wanting to read John Kerry's book, The New Soldier, ever since it appeared in early spring that Kerry would probably be the Democrat national candidate for president this year against George W. Bush.

Of course, copies of this book are rare and difficult to find in any venue. It has been out of print for years. A few copies came up on Ebay, and it was my understanding that one of the first copies to hit the auction went for over $500 a few months ago.

If you are like me, and follow the philosophy that you must know your enemy, perhaps you should also read this book. It is available now as a download at John Kerry's The New Soldier in PDF format. With the DSL hookup, I was able to download it in a matter of minutes.

I'll settle down to read it this weekend when I can manage some time between shifts.

Jack, Bonfire, Slagle, Mikenchi, Stevie, Bill, GOC in Winston-Salem, if you haven't read this yet, take a moment and at least read the intro. We all have a vested interest in this, some of us more than others.

And if you want a concise piece with a pretty accurate listing of his activities after his "Hit and Run" deployment, I reccommend this piece from a local paper in Dover, Maine. It lays his entire post-Viet Nam history out extremely well and in language anyone can comprehend.

Know your enemy.

Update: Also, at least in my case, know your own stupidity. And mine is grand. I'm sorry, Stephen. If I had paid attention, I would have noticed where the links were coming from, but I didn't, so I missed them, and I was remiss and so I apologize. I hate it that I did that. How very blond of me, and I'm a redhead.

I'm sorry. Forgiven?

Oh, and the rest of you, if you're not spending some time at Hold the Mayo on a regular basis, you're missing a great blog. And that's not just because he's a Munuvian.

Or because I enjoy a good spanking.

Posted by Mamamontezz at August 26, 2004 04:44 PM

And if you check the URL for the pdf files you'll see that they are getting them form me!

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at August 27, 2004 03:33 PM

Thanks Stephen

Posted by: Jack at August 27, 2004 03:51 PM

Got it saved. I have cable connection and it was really fast. Will be reading this weekend.

Thanks, Mama.

Mike Gallagher, right-wing radio pundit, has the book in PDF and was trying to figure out how to distribute to mass public. We can cover a lot of internet with this thing, but how to get it to the average joe who is in the non-geek category? Print it out and toss it from rooftops?

I really take access to the internet for granted, I guess. Since the campaigns have heated up, I have been questioning more and more people about where they get their info and get surprised by the number that don't do the computer thing, or at least not to that degree.

I have a sister-in-law that is just learning politics and is completely computer illiterate. She's not stupid, she's just probably not going to be online for a long time. I take her things to read and this one will be next.

Posted by: Bonfire7 at August 27, 2004 08:30 PM

Oh wise blog Mama, thank you so much for pointing me to this. Thanks to Steve. I will be linking and blogging this one.

SlagleRock Out!

Posted by: SlagleRock at August 27, 2004 09:02 PM

With such praise and talk of spanking how could all not be forgiven?

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at August 28, 2004 06:04 AM

Awwww. I feel much better now.

Posted by: Mamamontezz at August 28, 2004 12:17 PM


First, thanks for mentioning me by name. Right now my SiteMeter's sitting at 1,448 and that's gonna bump it big time. If it wasn't for you and Greyhawk no one but family would know I exist.

I think your Spousal Unit left me a comment yesterday, but it sounded like he found me by some way other than looking at your blog roll.(?) I'm just glad he came by.

I know of three places now to download The New Soldier. There are links to all of them at There are also links there to all 3 swift boat ads and to, another site Kerry would rather you not know about. There's been some talk of law suits against the people who are making The New Soldier available online. The day I find out one has actually been filed, I'll upload the copies on my hard drive to and post links to them in my blog and at

-- Bill

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