Books by Bill Sloan

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2012

"A thoroughly satisfying account of war in the South Pacific packed with fireworks, tragedy and horseplay."
A personal account from the K/3/5 Marine company, made famous in the HBO series The Pacific. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 24, 2012

"Sloan writes expertly of the soldiers' courage battling the Japanese, but readers must search elsewhere (Richard Connaughton, H.P. Willmott) for the latest insight into the competence of their leader."
A skillful step-by-step description of the brutal and heroic but mismanaged 1941-42 campaign in the Philippines. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A colorful description of a part of the Korean War that actually turned out well."
A skillful, action-packed account of the first five months of the Korean War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Readers certainly won't be bored, but they'll find a richer, more comprehensive account in George Feifer's Tennozan: The Battle of Okinawa and the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb (1992)."
A history of the battle of Okinawa, from investigative reporter Sloan (Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944—The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2005

"By Sloan's lights, Peleliu is perhaps the biggest unknown battle of the Pacific War—unknown, perhaps, because pointless. A lively reconstruction that does honor to the men who fought it."
A well-rendered account of Marines in combat on what must have been some of the worst acreage on earth. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"It's no Guadalcanal Diary or From Here to Eternity, but likely to interest WWII buffs all the same."
A blood-and-guts tale from the early days of WWII. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

A blast of good sense from a knowledgeable source, this puts Viagra in a proper perspective as a treatment for impotence. Psychiatrist Melchiode has been a therapist in human sexuality for more than 30 years, and he knows a real step forward when he sees one: when used as part of a well-thought-out therapeutic plan, Viagra can be key in relieving what he rightly terms the "soul-wrenching condition" of impotence, and in repairing "all-important human relationships that support our whole social structure." For sufferers, Melchiode explains what Viagra is and how it works, and discusses the diagnosis and evaluation of sexual dysfunction in men (the first step is always a thorough medical exam and consultation with a urologist). He then goes into depth on the various causes of impotence, complete with realistic and instructive case histories—always with an eye as to whether Viagra would be an appropriate treatment. Melchiode makes his case neatly: the physical, emotional, and social are all inevitably intertwined, and in the hands of an experienced practitioner, Viagra is a crucial part of treatment. But no drug will ever "serve as an antidote for deceit, divorce, and empty or disrupted lives." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 1998

From Hank Williams to Slim Whitman to Johnny Cash to the one and only Elvis, this recollection of country music greats is a real foot-stompin— treat. For nearly ten years, beginning in 1948, Horace "Hoss" Logan produced the Louisiana Hayride, a live, weekly country music show broadcast nationally on the CBS radio network. Logan did it all, auditioning the various performers, putting together the program, even emceeing. While talent is rarely "discovered" by just one person, he and the Hayride were responsible for giving numerous major country stars their first big break. This was the show's edge, its competitive niche, as it labored in the shadow of that great granddaddy of country music, the Nashville-based Grand Ole Opry: "Never once in its long, glorious career has the Opry ever created a single star or launched a single career that I know of. The Hayride, on the other hand, created dozens of stars and launched hundreds of careers." The Opry of the 1950s was a hidebound, though highly successful organization. Nontraditional instruments, such as electric guitars, were verboten, and only "classical" country music was acceptable. No wonder that they brusquely rejected the young Elvis Presley. But like so many others, he found a welcoming home on the Hayride. After just a year of appearances, he was on the way to genre-shattering stardom. Ably assisted by Sloan, a former editor of Country Rambler magazine, Logan has put together an appealing and revealing and'since this is country music'sometimes sorrowing collection of anecdotes. He seems to have known just about everyone who was anyone. Soon after Logan left the Hayride to pursue other radio opportunities, the show collapsed, but in terms of how it has shaped country music, its legacy remains vibrant and vital, though perhaps underappreciated. Serious country-music fans will love it. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) Read full book review >