Welcome and best wishes to all who enjoy reading about military and American history … and baseball. This website discusses American writer Tom Phillips and provides information on his published works, writings in progress, and thoughts on writing in general.
Phillips’ books, short stories, articles, and poems cover an unusual range of subjects, including:
- Military history and retrospectives. Tom’s most recent book In the Shadows of Victory: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders tells the stories of military leaders whose accomplishments have often been overlooked; even though our nation owes them considerable debts, their achievements have been too seldom acknowledged and too little celebrated. His books Boots and Saddles: Military Leaders of the American West and Battlefields of Nebraska provide encompassing looks at the conflicts waged across the Great Plains and American West, the landscapes and locations where they were fought and the commanders who led the forces. A Pilgrim in Unholy Places: Stories of a Mustang Colonel provides personal retrospectives on Vietnam and the Gulf War, reminiscences about leading some of the first American troops into Sarajevo, guiding a unit through a terrorist episode, and many more stories from a long, diverse military career.
- Baseball: Tom’s book Touching All the Bases: Baseball in 101 Fascinating Stories tells the complete story of the sport and covers every facet of the game: its history, special moments, management, equipment, and much, much more. His short story “The Perfect Season” offers a poignant reflection about coaching children’s baseball. “Renewal” tells about transferring the magic of the game from generation to generation. The poem “Doubleheader at Mudville” speculates about what might have happened if Mighty Casey’s Mudville nine had “played two” on that fateful day.
- National issues: “The Day After Tuesday,” a poem about 9/11, was the Iliad Press international writing competition Grand Prize winner.
You are cordially invited to explore each of the “chapters” in the website. “Bookshelf” displays a list of Phillips’ publications. “Books in Progress” is exactly that: material the author is working on or that is pending publication. “Book Store and Reading Room” provides samples of some of Phillips’ writings as well as information on how to order any that might pique your interest. “Liner Notes” consists of a brief author biography.
The “Photos and Captions” section contains additional material associated with each book. Portraits of participants and action scenes provide exciting glimpses of each book’s contents and give readers a better idea of what each book is all about. Click directly on the appropriate caption (not the book cover) to access the contents, then as the picture gallery appears, click on each individual picture.
You can contact Tom or order books, poems, and short stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for visiting the website. You are invited to pour yourself a cup of coffee, settle into a comfortable chair, and enjoy the writing