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Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat. By Lt. Cmdr. Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, USN. Naval Institute Press, 2010. $37.95. ISBN 978-1-59114-001-6.

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ust two hours north of Boston, the Lakes Region in New Hampshire off ers scenery, nearly 300 miles of shoreline, year-round recreation from

swimming to snowmobiling, accommodations from rustic lakefront cottages to four-star resorts, and picture- perfect New England villages. Hotels, attractions, and restaurants belonging to the

Lakes Region Association have banded together to off er a wealth of military and senior discounts.  Alpine Adventures’ zip-line canopy tours and off -road safaris are half price with a military ID.  Canterbury Shaker Village’s historic buildings (below), demonstrations, tours, and exhibits are free to active duty servicemembers and their families from June 1 through Labor Day.  Lakes Biplane gives all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans a $50 discount toward a two-person tour.  Stay the night at Bear Tree Lodge or Gunstock Inn at a special rate through Dec. 31. Campsites and retreat centers in the area have dis- counts as well. For more Lakes

Region discounts, visit www.moaa .org/traveloff ers. — Maryann Hammers


threat in such lucid detail as Youssef Aboul-Enein does in this scholarly and provocative treatise expos- ing the dangers and fl aws of militant Islamic ideology. Aboul-Enein convinc-

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ingly argues the perverted view held by militant Is- lamic radicals threatens not only the U.S. and the West but also Muslims and non-Muslims. He describes Islamic religion and the teachings of Muhammad as well as the signifi cant split between Shia and Sunni de- nominations, the rise of in- tolerant radicalism, the role of Islamic law (sharia), the true meaning of the word “jihad,” and why most Mus- lims oppose indiscriminate radical violence. Best are his contro- versial and thoughtful arguments describing why militant Islamic govern- ments always will fail, why al-Qaida and the Tali- ban cannot ever win, and

the sure signs that Osama bin Laden was a hypocrite and coward.

Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters, & Bizarre Events. By Webb Garrison. Thomas Nelson, 2011. $19.99. ISBN 978-1- 59555-359-1.

To com- memorate the 150th anniver- sary of the American Civil War, publisher

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Thomas Nelson has put out an updated version of histo- rian Webb Garrison’s clas- sic collection of weird and unusual Civil War facts. This fun and fascinating book focuses not on major battles or famous people but rather on the unknown and obscure aspects of the war. Anecdotes include how one Yankee was a ser- geant, lieutenant, captain, and major simultaneously and how an admiral built a warship for $8. Short vignettes explain the wacky post-war plot to hold President Lincoln’s body hostage; the inven- tion of condensed milk, refrigeration, and instant coff ee; and many previous- ly undisclosed swindles, scandals, ransom demands, atrocities, and mutinies. — William D. Bushnell



Back to the Land Retirement Living


ural Americans make up only one-sixth of the U.S. population, but they represent 45 percent of the armed forces. Military personnel transi- tioning out of the service have big opportu- nities for getting back on the farm. Former Marine infantryman Garrett Dwyer of Sand Hills, Neb., recently took advantage of the Combat Boots to Cow- boy Boots program at the University of Nebraska—Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. He took hands-on classes in ranch operations and management and landed a low-interest Farm Service Agency loan to buy 100 head of beef cattle to rebuild his family’s farm. “This started when we were trying to come up with ideas for how to reinvigorate

rural communities,” says Richard Mestas, associate dean of the program. “Young peo- ple are leaving America’s farms and small towns in record numbers.”

In addition to learning innovative farm- ing techniques, risk management, and business planning, students in the program also have the opportunity to partner with a farmer mentor who often will provide land and expertise in exchange for work. (Dwyer partnered with his dad.) Nebraska’s program is available to any- one nationwide, and veterans can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill to pay for it. The Farmer- Veteran Coalition based out of California is another program that helps returning veterans fi nd their feet in agriculture. — Deborah Huso

Family Matters

Discover helpful re- sources for military spouses and children.

Camp Corral has formed a partner- ship with Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe, N.C., to offer — at no cost — summer camp sessions to children of wounded or disabled military personnel. Trained personnel will emphasize coping skills during this spe- cialized program.

Activities like crafts, canoeing, baseball, sit- ting around campfires, and sleeping in cabins will give the children a variety of experiences. There are 400 open-

ings for children ages 8 to 15. Sessions are of- fered July 3-8, July 17- 22, and July 31–Aug. 5. Register online at

www.goldencorral .com/campcorral or call (855) 605-1267. — Anita Stone

*online: Explore farming programs for veterans at and IMAGES: ABOVE, AMY NING; RIGHT, COURTESY MILLSTONE 4-H CAMP


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