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Here's that review I mentioned yesterday.
For what it's worth, their original request was for 750 words, and that seems to be the approximate length of any and all book reviews there. My first draft was about 1200 words, I cut til it hurt to submit 750. (I also made arrangements with Mike to include three of his photos in the review - thanks again, Mike.) The Post editors then realized it was too short (in fairness, they wanted more direct quotes, not more "me"). I expanded it significantly and after the editors finished working their magic the published version is.... about 1200 words. All this had to be accomplished during a tdy, late at night after dinners following full day "conferencing".
Bottom line: Not sure how common this is, but as far as I can tell, Mike's book gets double the normal space at the NY Post.
Excellent review, Sir. Just finished the book last night. Wish everyone would read it, but I've wished from Day 1 that everyone would read Mike's dispatches and all the Milblogs. If they had, I feel sure there would be more positive than negative thinking about the missions and the military in general. I continue to be impressed!Posted by MissBirdlegs in AL at April 20, 2008 02:22 PM
I have always admired your writing, Sir. You have a wonderful way of connecting all of the dots, in a most interesting way. Mike's book DESERVES "double the normal space at the NY Post." !!!Posted by Maggie45 at April 20, 2008 02:43 PM
For some reason, I kept putting off ordering Michael Yon's new book, even though I knew I would enjoy it, and more importantly, that I needed to read it as a candidate for Congress.
Your review has finally gotten me off the dime, and I've placed my order. Thanks.
Please keep up the great work,
Republican for Congress
Great review. I'm gonna have to break down and buy it, too.
Congrats on stepping out of the closet, "J.R." ;)Posted by FbL at April 20, 2008 07:17 PM
Great Review i am excited to get my copy.Posted by Jed Stevens at April 20, 2008 08:45 PM
Terrific review, but that's no suprise.
I'm half way through the book. I ordered two copies one, for a liberal friend - your review will serve as a terrific intro. Thanks!Posted by Lisa in DC at April 21, 2008 02:33 PM
I guess one of us needs to remain unknown and undetected. I'm glad it will be me.
You did a great job with the review, GreyHawk. I'm very proud to be associated with you even in the smallest of ways. Press on, son.
Subsunk out.Posted by Subsunk at April 22, 2008 08:35 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(7) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)