Books by Bob Drury

Bob Drury is an award-winning adventure and travel writer and foreign correspondent whose work has appeared in Men’s Journal, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Sports Illustrated. He is the author of The Rescue Season: The Heroic Story of Parajumpers on the Edge of th


VALLEY FORGE by Bob Drury
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A fluent, readable story that corrects mythmaking errors and provides a more nuanced narrative in their place."
A central episode in the history of the American Revolution comes under thoughtful examination. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"This adaptation will diminish Red Cloud's legacy, perpetuate negative stereotypes, and provide incorrect information to young readers: skip. (afterword, acknowledgments, timeline, glossary, historical sites, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
In 1868, Red Cloud, a respected Oglala chief, led an intertribal war against the U.S. Army and won. Read full book review >
LUCKY 666 by Bob Drury
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Overly sentimental writing may test some readers, but the authors deliver a great war story."
A breathless history of World War II heroism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 2015

"Overly sentimental but a great story nevertheless."
As a "streetwise crime reporter [and] hard-bitten war correspondent," Men's Health contributing editor Drury considered himself a "tough guy"—until he decided to write about the nonprofit paws4people, which trains therapy dogs to work with veterans suffering from PTSD.Read full book review >
THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS by Bob Drury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A well-researched and -written account of an often overlooked figure in the history of the Indian Wars."
Sharply honed life of the only American Indian leader to definitively beat the United States in war, short-lived though the defeat might have been. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 3, 2011

"A thrilling narrative of bravery, bravado and loss."
An exciting, focused account of the bitter evacuation by helicopter of the last Marines securing the U.S. embassy compound in Saigon on April 30, 1975. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Substance trumps style in a book that will appeal to military history buffs and veterans."
Engaging account of an important, sometimes overlooked battle of the Korean War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2007

"The inherent drama of the events compensates for the sometimes lackluster storytelling."
A tale of natural disaster, bad judgment and heroism during World War II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Although this aims to be the next Perfect Storm or Into Thin Air, it lacks the smooth narration and intense drama that appeals to mainstream audiences. Still, it's a worthwhile read for aspiring military heroes or sportsmen obsessed with Alaska."
An action-packed tribute to the parajumpers (PJs) of the US Special Command Forces. Read full book review >
MAFIA COP by Lou Eppolito
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

A Manhattan cop breaks family tradition—his uncles, cousin, father, and grandfather all were members of the Gambino crime family—and is accused of selling his shield after a highly decorated career. When his cousin Jim-Jim and his uncle Jimmy were rubbed out for a scam that embarrassed the Gambino bosses, Eppolito—a highly decorated NYPD legend who made no effort to hide his contempt for the ``three P's: perps, pussies, and pencil-pushing prigs''—felt his East Flatbush roots stir. Here, writing with the help of Drury (coauthor, Incident at Howard Beach, 1989, etc.), Eppolito dwells long on his thicker-than-blood Italian upbringing in the 50's—street festivals, marbled funeral parlors, the Grand Mark Tavern in Bensonhurst (``sit-down central'' for wiseguys), and, particularly, the beatings by his father, pounding home the Neapolitan ethos of honor and respect. After his father's death, Eppolito joined the NYPD and became a can-do cop who divided humanity into two categories: those who deserved respect, and those beneath contempt. Here, he proudly describes an attack with buddy cops on a ``group of junkies, Rastafarians'' in Prospect Park. Putting pantyhose over his face, Eppolito broke wrists, legs, and arms, and crippled a man for life. For one stick-up suspect, the author invented a new interrogation technique: After punching ``Bugs forty times in the head,'' Eppolito filled a bucket with hot, fuming ammonia and slammed the man's face in it. In 1978, Internal Affairs made a case against the cop for passing police intelligence to Rosario Gambino (nephew of Carlo, capo da tutti capi). Eppolito was acquitted but retired from the force shortly afterward when Martin Scorsese offered him a part in Goodfellas. Flat characterizations with some sharp N.Y.C. detail (``Italian tuxedo—that's the white, sleeveless T-shirt''): mostly for Mafia/NYPD buffs. (Photos—16 pages of b&w—not seen.) Read full book review >