AMERICAN LYNCHPIN: The Spirit of Freedom and The Second Civil War

AMERICAN LYNCHPIN: The Spirit of Freedom and The Second Civil War

Eight out of ten people polled say they believe that the country is “mainly” or “totally’ divided.

There is a growing sentiment, in the majority of people in America, who believe that given our current state of affairs, we have never been more divided as a country. It is not only a political rift but it seems to be generational and cultural. People are starting to realize that they have nothing in common with their fellow countrymen. There is no common ground for compromise. That is remarkable considering all the instances of polarizing events that have occurred in our past, such as civil rights, abortion and the Vietnam War, just to mention a few. However, none of those controversies were divisive enough, to actually split the country apart.

Nevertheless, there is a precedent that did exactly x just that–tore this country asunder; resulting in four bloody years of slaughter that had brothers killing each other. It was the ultimate schism. The American Civil War was unquestionably one of the darkest times in our nation’s past.
The first Civil War is the blueprint for how a country becomes so divided, that it tries to annihilate itself. We must recognize it as such. We would be wise to study it, dissect it, deconstruct it and learn the lessons that it has to teach us, if we have any hope for the salvation of our country in the future.

We must take the words of Mary Chestnut to heart on the eve of the Civil War. “We are divorced, North and South, because we have hated each other so.” We must regard her words as a harbinger. $3.99 on Kindle.

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AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress: How Isaiah Kenen Built AIPAC to Be A Powerhouse

AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress: How Isaiah Kenen Built AIPAC to Be A Powerhouse
This book looks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s origins, foundations, and organizational structure.

Isaiah “Si” Kenen, AIPAC’s founder and long-time leader, created what can be described as the organization’s three-dimensional inverted pyramid, giving it far-reaching influence and impact.

Following Kenen’s work through AIPAC’s inception and reaching into the mid-1970s, the book looks at key moments and decisions in the years under Kenen’s leadership. These decisions helped a small lobby with minimal manpower and resources become a well-established network of organizations, individuals, and communities spanning the entire United States and advancing American relations with Israel.

From Israeli and American archival materials and protocols, interviews, news articles, and academic papers, the book analyzes Kenen’s decisions and AIPAC’s structure. Using the lens and language of management and human resources, the author sheds new light on the topic in this adaptation of his Thesis dissertation. The dissertation was awarded top honors on the Dean’s List for 2020. $0.99 on Kindle.

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What To Do About POTASS

What To Do About POTASS

Tongue-in-cheek satire that will have you laughing out loud!

When Capitol Hill maintenance worker Thomas Wilson overhears different groups of legislators scheming about saving the country through various plots, he believes it’s incumbent on him to notify The President, who has recently hired him part-time to collect press clippings. Will The President listen to Wilson’s warnings or will the legislators bungle their way through their plan to rescue the country?

Start What To Do About POTASS and find out! $0.99 on Kindle.

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A View of British Politics

A View of British Politics
Read why Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party lost the 2019 General Election so decisively – and the reasons are not what the majority of politicians think. Ken Ross explains what is needed to get the keys to Downing Street and he offers some surprising conclusions. $0.99 on Kindle.

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A View of British Politics

A View of British Politics
After three years of a parliament in chaos, Boris Johnson’s 2019 General Election victory has stabilized the House of Commons and left the Labour Party in disarray. But why do politicians go so wrong in believing certain individuals are worthy of power when from the outset some leaders have little hope of winning? My theories of the qualities a leader must possess and the kind of policies he/she must espouse are detailed in this essay on British Political History (1964-2019). My unique viewpoint has developed over 50 years of political interest and observations. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Free: America: The Series

Free: America: The Series

“Donald L. Gilleland echoes a concern of many people… inspiring and worth learning about.” –BlueInk Review.

All four books of the America series. An author’s perspective on America and its growth, with personal and uplifting stories, cultural differences, worldly views, and our most common conflicts. Free on Kindle.

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Free: A View of British Politics

Free: A View of British Politics
After three years of a parliament in chaos, Boris Johnson’s 2019 General Election victory has stabilized the House of Commons and left the Labour Party in disarray. But why do politicians go so wrong in believing certain individuals are worthy of power when from the outset some leaders have little hope of winning? My theories of the qualities a leader must possess and the kind of policies he/she must espouse are detailed in this essay on British Political History (1964-2019). My unique viewpoint has developed over 50 years of political interest and observations. Free on Kindle.

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A View of British Politics

A View of British Politics
After three years of a parliament in chaos, Boris Johnson’s 2019 General Election victory has stabilized the House of Commons and left the Labour Party in disarray. But why do politicians go so wrong in believing certain individuals are worthy of power when from the outset some leaders have little hope of winning? My theories of the qualities a leader must possess and the kind of policies he/she must espouse are detailed in this essay on British Political History (1964-2019). My unique viewpoint has developed over 50 years of political interest and observations. $0.99 on Kindle

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Free: Beyond 2020: A Story of Liberty Lost, Hope and Recovery

Free: Beyond 2020: A Story of Liberty Lost, Hope and Recovery
No one could have predicted it. Despite an impressive list of accomplishments, Donald Trump was denied what should have been an assured election victory in November 2020. In the weeks and months that followed, the voices of talk radio sounded the warning that the New Socialism would methodically suppress the freedoms promised in the Constitution, but it would take an America at the brink of revolution to restore what was lost. Free on Kindle.

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Progress, Really?

Progress, Really?
An average man and first-time writer’s condensed review of social progress in the United States of America. The author makes observations of some very controversial topics and hopes to inspire the reader to ask some very important questions. Where is social progress taking our country? Has the march of progress become a sprint? Is America approaching a second revolution? $0.99 on Kindle

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Free: Beyond 2020: A Story of Liberty Lost, Hope and Recovery

Free: Beyond 2020: A Story of Liberty Lost, Hope and Recovery
No one could have predicted it.

After nearly four years marked by an impressive list of accomplishments — even in the face of harsh resistance from the opposition party — the administration looked forward to successfully completing the final year of the President’s first term, winning re-election and moving on to four more years of service to the country and her people.

What, then, could possibly have derailed the President’s plan, denying him what was believed to be an assured victory in November 2020?

“Elections have consequences,” we are reminded. In the months and years that followed, the voices of Talk Radio sounded the warning that the New Socialism would methodically suppress the freedoms promised in the Constitution, but it would take an America at the brink of revolution to restore what was lost. Free on Kindle.
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Who Let the Old Fart into the Classroom: Why Globalism, Socialism and Environmentalism Won’t Work

Who Let the Old Fart into the Classroom: Why Globalism, Socialism and Environmentalism Won’t Work

This fact-based novel revolves around an irascible retired businessman Leonard Whittle who takes his granddaughter Lisa to interview at a liberal university. During her interview Lisa announces that she is interested in the school’s globalism program. The Principal Dean invites she and Leonard to audit a few classes which they do. What ensues is, for poor Leonard, a mind-blowing collection of progressive views neatly promoted in courses that are global in scope.

The courses run the gamut from socialism to environmentalism, the United Nations to the European Union, from the American business-government cabal to Saul Alinsky and Herbert Marcuse, from the New Left of the 1960s to the New Left of today, from the marginalization of America to the China-Russian vision of globalism. Leonard can’t believe what the students are being fed and inserts himself in the discussions in every class. Pitted against faculty and students alike, he leaves no subject unturned and wades into the murky depths of micro-aggressions, identity politics, multiple sex categories, George Soros’ control of just about everything, the expense of a college education and much more.

Whether the reader agrees or disagrees with Leonard’s fact-based views, he or she will be left with significant food for equally significant thought. $0.99 on Kindle.
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Humorous Incidents, Short Stories and Essays: Beach Towns, Politics of Everybody, and Government That Works

Humorous Incidents, Short Stories and Essays: Beach Towns, Politics of Everybody, and Government That Works

Our tale is about Li’l Johny, as he wades through the literal and political swamp of south Alabama’s peculiar politics of everybody, wandering from the wetlands to the beach, traversing the Backcountry Trail, bordered by the jurisdiction of the Orange Beach Government.

This collection of humorous incidents, short stories and essays provides a platform for addressing political points that local government has not, or is not willing to tackle like rebating the 4-mil property tax.

The plan is to make people aware that vast wealth is hidden in the vaults at City Hall ($40 Million in cash reserves), but the residents (population: 5,600) are seeing no revenue sharing in their pockets. This situation is not a dark humor short story, but the sad reality of unbridled ambition.

The key issue is local government’s sense of solutionism, meaning one vision is the best solution for everyone moving forward, possibly exporting the mayor’s brand of leadership to all the beaches of the world as an example of pro-growth tourism.

Some people will argue the Orange Beach government has a vision. I refer you to this quote, “…load up and come to a council meeting so that u can get the facts, the real truth and stop being educated into further ignorance by following this site [Facebook],” posted by Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon on Facebook.

We are blessed in our country to have a voice, and with this voice I ask for a government that works, respecting other ideas without being called down in the Council Chambers. I argue for a chance to free Council Members from the yoke of always voting unanimously with the Mayor.
Perhaps Council Districting is the answer, forcing Council Members to live in the neighborhoods they represent, voting for their constituents’ best interests instead of serving the city at-large. Perhaps we could ask Council Members to voluntarily share their personal and business tax returns, disclosing what development projects they, or their family members hold a financial interest in.

This is why we are here, creating a sense of financial transparency, and rebating a small portion of the city’s wealth back to the residents. $0.99 on Kindle.
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The Stranger Among You

The Stranger Among You
Flying under the radar of the national media is a faith-based refugee resettlement movement that sees people from across the political spectrum working shoulder to shoulder to help refugees. Trump voters and Clinton voter, pro-choicers and pro-lifers, the religious and the secular, conservatives and liberals stand on common ground on an issue that looks polarizing in the headlines but on the ground is unifying.

And it’s happening in places that will surprise you: the Bible Belt and other red states. $0.99 on Kindle.

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America: The Series

America: The Series

A combination of everything American. All four books in one boxed set, uplifting and inspirational tales that bring a smile to your face and make you proud to be an American. Being conflicted is about feeling positive and negative about something at the same time, and being unable to shake off the uncomfortable feeling it produces. $2.99 on Kindle.

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Through My Eyes: The USA

Through My Eyes: The USA

The USA – the land of the future, the land of prosperity, success, glamor, and bling…But is it really (only) that?

Through this book and my eyes, you will come to feel the pulse of the “promised land”. This story is a mash-up of my own awkward experiences on the other side of the great puddle, which I describe with a simple goal in mind: to dissolve the prejudices that we have about each other. $2.99 on Kindle.
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Free: Stars, Stripes and Corporate Logos

Free: Stars, Stripes and Corporate Logos
“Gilleland bravely broaches numerous subjects that are politically sensitive and expresses his often politically incorrect perspective.” -Authors Reading

In the military, my buddies and I often talked about “home,” which was not the place from which we enlisted. It was anywhere in the U.S. As soon as we stepped down off an aircraft onto the tarmac anywhere in the continental United States, we were home. The most important influences in my life were my God, my wife, and my mother, combined with outside influences from the military and corporate environments. Free on Kindle.

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Forged Through Fire: Developing Preparedness for the Perilous Encounter

Forged Through Fire: Developing Preparedness for the Perilous Encounter

True preparedness is where fear loses power. This is more than character development. More than readiness for violence. It is how to be fully alive.

It is astonishing what happens to the human body under extreme amounts of traumatic stress, especially when facing interpersonal violence. The sad reality is that violent situations are dramatically escalating in the West. There is no assured way of preventing them, no way to avoid them, and no way to physically prepare for them. It is a problem for which there is only one solution. It is a solution that whispers to us in every facet of our lives: we must be confident of who we are in light of a greater vision.

In Forged Through Fire: Developing Preparedness for the Perilous Encounter, Burns describes real readiness for the active shooter, the serial killer, or the intruder in your home. Perhaps even more importantly, he calls forth a deep understanding of who we are. $0.99 on Kindle.

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