A Book That Is One of a Kind for All Time

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Readers of this new book, On Which We Serve, are encouraged to view the 355 superb full page National Archives photographs of author Edward Atkins's experiences on the flight deck of a WWII fleet aircraft carrier. These photographs and the attendant captions have never been documented in book format until now.

This book can be considered an anthology of parables of values and virtues that evolved from the activities on the flight deck of a WWII fleet aircraft carrier as experienced by the author. He discusses, "life-lessons learned as derived from first principles such as responsibility, accountability, respect for others and self, earned self-esteem (those who have it will "never" do anything antisocial), empathy, trustworthiness and similar values and virtues." Some chapters of this book can be seen at http://www.onwhichweserve.com.

The author related how discussions presented in this book underscore how character can be formulated under conditions of emotional stress as found on a continuously active and dangerous flight deck. The author noted that the context of this book also implies how overcoming legitimate obstacles and challenges can be one of life's true joys.

The format of this book is such that discussion groups can easily consider each topic in the form of two-page "couplets," i.e., one page of the 355 photographs is paired with one page of test opposite that photograph. This first paragraph of the page of text is a comprehensive caption describing the contents of that photograph while the following paragraph seamlessly segues into a topic of social concern. While this book is appropriate for all those over the age of sixteen, it is primarily directed at the HS/college age-group. It should be noted that church discussion groups will be particularly interested in this book.

One will find that this book is both timely and timeless as expressed by the two reviews seen at http://www.on-which-we-serve.com.

The author said that one should not be put off by the audio that occurs when clicking on http://www.onwhichweserve.com. That audio was included to represent the mood of a recent high school graduate leaving behind the security of home for that of which he had no knowledge. In the case of the author he said he was burdened by a breaking heart as he left home for the navy. and thus he included this on his website.

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