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Nancy's Note - August 20, 2009

Magazines about Iowa: "The Iowan", "Our Iowa" and "Iowa History"; "Horse Soldiers" by Doug Stanton, "Medusa" by Clive Cussler.

I mentioned a few months ago that the library now subscribes to three different magazines about our state.  Popular for many years is "The Iowan" which is filled with great photography.  Karen Weld is a correspondent for "Our Iowa" magazine which featured "Dan the Can Man" in a recent issue.  One of great interest to me is "Iowa History".  In the premiere issue of this history magazine there was a great article on Nile Kinnick.  The current issue is their third issue.  It features a big article on Jack Trice.  I found this very interesting as I didn't realize he died of injuries he received in the Iowa State-Minnesota game.  He played in less than two college games during his football career.  A large article on Woolstock's George Reeves, also known as Superman, is also included in this issue.   Iowa History March issue

For those of you who are interested in non-fiction,"Horse Soldiers", is a true-life story of American soldiers.  Horse Soldiers is the account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban.  Outnumbered forty to one they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain.  After a series of intense battles they captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.  The American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as Afghans thronged the streets.  The action took an unexpected turn during the surrender of Taliban troops when the Horse Soldiers were ambushed.  This put the military gains of the campaign at risk: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the effort to defeat the Taliban might be doomed.  Author Doug Stanton interviewed more than one hundred participants and walked every inch of the battleground. 

For seven books, Clive Cussler has entertained readers with the adventures of Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignment Team.  "Medusa" if the latest in that series.  It begins in the Micronesian islands where a top-secret U.S. government-sponsored undersea lab disappears.  The lab is conducting vital biomedical research on a rare jellyfish known as the Blue Medusa.  At the same time, off Bermuda, a bathysphere is attacked by an underwater vehicle and left helpless a half-mile below the surface, its passengers left to die.  Only Kurt Austin's heroic measures save them from a watery grave.  But, suspecting a connection, Austin puts the NUMA team on the case.  He has no idea what he's just gotten them all into. 

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