If you want to know what made the clandestine service at CIA work during our time at the agency then read this book. Knowing that I had Kassinger backing me up alleviated most of the concerns I had of taking on a dangerous operational assignment.
Pittsburgh, PA (Vocus) September 2, 2010
Holding Hands with Heroes, by Jack Kassinger, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
As a teenager growing up in rural Kentucky, Jack Kassinger worked long hours as a field hand on a neighboring farm. After graduating from high school, he took a job at a Peabody Coal Company strip-mine in southern Illinois. He worked with Peabody until he received his draft notification in December 1967, and subsequently joined the U.S. Marine Corps at a Kentucky induction center the following month.
Holding Hands with Heroes chronicles a common man’s service to his country—from Operation PIPESTONE CANYON in Vietnam as a young, enlisted Marine, to the halls of the Central Intelligence Agency where service and dedication to a cause became a way of life. This is the story of one man’s journey through the throes of war and his selfless dedication while employed at the country’s most prestigious, clandestine, intelligence-gathering organization.
About the Author
Jack Kassinger was born in Kentucky and currently resides in Texas with his wife, Cherie. They have a daughter Emily, and a son, Jesse each of who have brought them two wonderful grandchildren (A.J., Cordell, Max and Malia).
Mr. Kassinger attended Northern Virginia Community College where he earned an associate’s degree and much later in life a certificate of completion from the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is currently employed as an executive with a privately held firm in San Antonio.
His interests include golf, tennis, music, and travel.
Holding Hands with Heroes is his first published book.
Praise for Holding Hands with Heroes
“If you want to know what made the clandestine service at CIA work during our time at the agency then read this book. Knowing that I had Kassinger backing me up alleviated most of the concerns I had of taking on a dangerous operational assignment.”
Robert Baer – CIA field officer and author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil
“This is a story told in straight forward fashion by a high school educated Marine Corps veteran whose ‘can-do’ attitude and approach brought him more than one battle-field promotion, eventually into the ranks of the senior intelligence service of the CIA. Mr. Kassinger epitomizes the values of the Old Agency – loyalty to the mission above all, and a willingness to do whatever it took to support his clandestine services superiors and colleagues.”
Fred Hitz – former CIA Inspector General and author of The Great Game and Why Spy?
“Jack Kassinger has given us a behind-the-scenes tour of what really makes CIA operations tick. He was the guy who made sure everything was delivered on time and worked when it got there. Support officers like Jack are an indispensable part of the CIA team and have never gotten the recognition they deserve. Jack tells and inspiring story of his CIA family, the spellbinding operations he supported, and the many true heroes he worked with along the way. No book like this has ever been written.”
James Olson – former Chief of CIA Counterintelligence and author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying
“Holding Hands with Heroes is a compelling story of one man’s dedicated and selfless service to the Marine Corps and to his Country. As a U.S. Marine recruit, Jack Kassinger learned self-discipline, self-confidence, and pride, personal traits that, if not allowed to atrophy, will ensure success in life no matter the field you decide to plow and hoe. From Corps to CIA to the present, his rows are straight and clear. You will enjoy this book!”
LtGen Ron Christmas USMC (Retired), Navy Cross Recipient, President & CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
Holding Hands with Heroes is a 256-page hardback with a retail price of $29.95. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-0782-0. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual pressroom at http://www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore at http://www.dorrancebookstore.com.