JOURNEY ON THE JAMES: Three Weeks through the Heart of Virginia
No feature of the American landscape has witnessed so much
of the nation’s history as Virginia’s James River: the first permanent English
settlement at Jamestown, key battles in three wars, early fights between white
settlers and Indians, and the country’s first mines, factories, hospitals,
farms and forts.
Part history, part travelogue, part adventure yarn, Journey
on the James sends readers down the
435-mile river in a plastic canoe—and through a past that most of us didn’t
read about in school.
WHERE THEY LAY: Searching for America's Lost Soldiers
In March 1971, an American helicopter exploded in the sky
over Laos and fell on ground so busy with North Vietnamese troops that its
pilots and gunners were left where they lay—four among the 2,583 servicemen
whose bodies remained unrecovered at war’s end.
Now, thirty years on, a team of soldiers and scientists
choppers into the jungle on a search for what remains of Major Jack Barker and
his crew. Its mission: dig into ground slick from monsoon rains, among
unexploded bombs, vipers and scorpions, to find the four, bring them home and
put names—the right names—on their headstones.
THE TANGIERMAN'S LAMENT and Other Tales of Virginia
Two decades of covering the commonwealth have seen Swift
hike, canoe, even spelunk a singular path through Virginia. This collection of
narratives, all but one of them from his long career at Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot, reaffirms Virginia as a land rich in story and
Swift as one of its most wide-ranging and tireless chroniclers.