Midwest Book Review
"Come in, Swanee Leader" is a fitting and superbly illustrated
memoriam for the LST (Landing Ship Tank) which, while prominent in the theaters of
World War II, is no longer a part of the US Navy today. Jim Staley writes with the
flair and expertise of a born story-teller and "Come in, Swanee Leader" is a welcome
addition to the growing library of American Military History in general, and American
Naval History in particular.
James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief
Military Writers Society of America
Navy veteran Jim Staley takes his readers on a
pictorial history of his time on board USS LST 561 during the Korean War. Written
in a, personal, conversational style and illustrated with photographs, the book paints
an excellent picture of what life was like on board, and also details the role played
by tank landing ships in the Korean War.
I especially liked how the author, after detailing the mission and travels, takes
time to explain to those unfamiliar with service aboard ship exactly how life was
for the enlisted man.
It will be well received by Korean War Navy vets, and especially
by any sailors from smaller vessels in the US Navy.
Review by Rob Ballister, MWSA
Lead Reviewer (March 2009)
(Lt Cmdr Ballister is a graduate of the US Naval Academy
and currently is a faculty member of the Academy.)
Independent Book Publishers Association
2009 Benjamin Franklin (Ippy) Awards
an absolutely beautiful book - attractive layout, stunning photos and exceptional
historical value.... Aside from the lack of "author update" and a current photo I
can't think of a single thing that would improve the book. It's a real treasure,
in all ways. (The book design ranked #1 in Memoirs Category by the Book Design Evaluator)