Joseph N. Manfredo Reveals Life, Times of Cold War Engineer in New Book

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Author shares personal stories of army life, research developments in ‘The Trained Killers’.

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The book is a series of vignettes of what army life was like for these gentle trained killers during this time period.

In “The Trained Killers” (published by Trafford Publishing), which has been selected for Trafford’s Golden Seal program, author and Post-Korean War veteran Joseph N. Manfredo presents an eye-opening account of his time in the U.S. Army’s research and development program during some of the most tense years of the Cold War.

Set in Fort Dix, N.J. just after the Korean War ends, “The Trained Killers” centers around Manfredo and a group of young engineers who have been drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training, Manfredo and his friends are moved to a laboratory in Maryland.

The work, however, is more than just research on rockets and explosions. The military leaders believe Manfredo should be doing more soldierly duties and assign him and his friends to work in mess halls, guard prisons and march in parades, which they handle with pride and a touch of humor.

“The book is a series of vignettes of what army life was like for these gentle trained killers during this time period,” writes Manfredo, “as they serve their twin Gods – science and the military – with dignity, wit and nerve.”

“The Trained Killers” has been selected for inclusion in the Gold Seal program, which recognizes excellence in writing and overall potential.

The Trained Killers
By Joseph N. Manfredo
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781426974342
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781426974335
E-Book | 180 pages | ISBN 9781426974359
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joseph N. Manfredo served in the U.S. Army during the uneasy armistice following the Korean War, working on military research and development programs. He is also the author of Only the Living,” a memoir, and “After Midnight,” a book of poems and pontifications. He currently lives in Southern California.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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