Poland's Daughter: a story of love, war, and exile
I have been laggard about updating this website because for the past two months Sally and I have been pushing hard on the final draft of Poland's Daughter, the story of young girl's journey through the Second World War in Poland, Soviet Russia, Persia, Lebanon, Egypt, and England, told in chapters alternating with the story of how we met and traveled together, from the dreary northwest of England to Italy's sun-drenched Mediterranean coast.
"But most of all, we were happy!" I write of our summertime idyll. "The sky is always blue in my memory of Lerici - the sunset is always glorious - the moon is always full - and the tide is always high. Sunrise or sunset, Lerici was nostro pezzo del cielo caduto in terra, our piece of heaven fallen to earth. What a distance Basia and I had traveled, from Piccadilly Gardens in the March rain! At Lerici, we lived in an eternal Now, suspended in time and space. Our castle was the center of the universe - and not just our universe, either, but the center of the entire, star-spangled, infinitely expanding cosmos. The sun rose each morning for a single purpose, to light the castle's ancient stones, to bronze our shoulders, and to warm the sand beneath our feet."
Go here for more about the research that went into this book.
Remains: A Story of the Flying TigersHere's a newer, handsomer, and thriftier paperback of Remains: A Story of the Flying Tigers, first published in 2000, not long after Mac McGarry's P-40 Tomahawk was discovered near Chiang Mai in Thailand. I was just blown away by the thought that one of the American Volunteer Group fighters could have been hidden in the rain forest for more than half a century, and I immediately set out to spin a yarn of how it got there. (My notion has nothing whatever to do with the actual facts of McGarry's shoot-down and capture.) I've always loved the story and regretted that the iUniverse paperback was so expensive as to discourage potential readers. So I published it a few years back as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle reader, and now it's out as a Createspace paperback. The links are to Amazon.com. However, if you go to the Createspace website and use the coupon code KKK2T99P, you can take $2 off this or any of my titles. (The cover photo by R.T. Smith of the AVG 3rd Squadron is by kind permission of his son. Thank you, Brad!)
Daniel Ford has spent a lifetime studying the wars of the 20th century, several of which have brushed him more or less closely. He grew up during the Second World War and got his bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire during the Korean War. He served a two-year hitch in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg and at Coligny Caserne in Orleans, France, during a rare interval of peace. After an apprenticeship at The Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt, Germany, he returned to New Hampshire and a life as a free-lance writer and editor. One assignment took him to Saigon to write about the burgeoning war in South Vietnam. A tour of the Central Highlands with Special Forces commandos gave him the kernel of his black novel, Incident at Muc Wa, which was filmed as Go Tell the Spartans with Burt Lancaster in the starring role.
Fast forward to the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Realizing that his military credentials had grown mossy in the years of peace, Dan earned a master's degree from King's College London in an online program designed for mid-career officers in the British Army. His classmates ranged from a tank commander in Afghanistan to an adviser to the president of Singapore. His thesis, a study of the strategic thought of Colonel John Boyd, was published as A Vision So Noble. He lives and works in Durham, New Hampshire.
• Editor: When I Am Going: Growing Up in Ireland and Coming to America, 1901-1927 (Anne Crowley Ford), 2012
• Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942, revised and updated 2007 (first published 1991)
• Editor: The Lady and the Tigers: Remembering the Flying Tigers of World War II (Olga Greenlaw), 2002
Most of these are available as e-books for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, as are several monographs and magazine articles.
• The High Country Illuminator, 1971
• Now Comes Theodora, 1965