In the gruesome battle for Guadalcanal, David Levy was skipper of PT 59, one of several Patrol/Torpedo boats that were among the first U.S. Navy vessels to engage Japanese warships at the beginning of World War II. Dave's wartime experiences in the South Pacific marked one of the most transformative periods in his life. In the Navy he quickly learned to assume a "deal-maker" persona that helped him get along with fellow PT boat skippers, many of whom, like future president John F. Kennedy, came from privileged East Coast families. He got to be known in the Navy by the nickname "Hogan," famous as "the guy to go to," who could get things done, organize parties well-stocked with liquor and women, obtain supplies when none seemed available, and, in those early, desperate days of the battle for Guadalcanal, also perform in the top ranks of competent PT boat skippers. The PT boats were small, maneuverable, and fast, and they were given the seemingly impossible mission of regularly engaging and sinking the much larger and more numerous destroyers, cruisers, and battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Dave's PT 59 was in the thick of all the action. These brave PT boat skippers, many of whom were graduates of Ivy League colleges or the U.S. Naval Academy, were a hard-partying group, and their "fast times" during World War II epitomized the intensity with which life was lived by those who, like Dave, were fully engaged in the deadly struggles of the Pacific War. Dave's wartime experiences shaped the rest of his life, a long journey that has included a successful law career, annual ski trips to his vacation home in Aspen since the early 1950s, and fishing all over the world.
Gaiseric Barbari's A Casual Diet offers a refreshing approach to dieting that is simple, easy to maintain, and effective.
This diet is based on three principles. The first is to limit the animal protein-milk, meat, eggs-in your food intake. The second is to find a way of eating less that you can maintain for life. And the third is to do some moderate exercise.
Barbari's review of the research supporting these principles is thorough but presented in a simple, direct way that appeals to the reader.
Unlike many diet books there are no recipes here. Barbari can't cook but he does not see this as any hindrance to adopting a healthy diet. He differs from many diet authors in giving strong support to frozen meals and vegetables, which he feels can be as nutritious as anything the gourmet diet chef may prepare.
This is a short book on dieting that introduces new perspectives on this most important topic. It sets out an approach not only to losing weight, but also to living a longer and better life.
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