Foot Soldier

John Stevens Berry has published his fourth book, and second book of poetry. His first book, Darkness of Snow, included poems that were anthologized, and had received awards from the Academy of American Poets. His second book, Those Gallant Men, was a prose Vietnam memoir, and was chosen Book of the Month by the Military Book Club. His third book, The 12th Victim, was bought by SHOWTIME, and is now a four part docuseries. His new book, Foot Soldier, is a free verse memoir of a life fully lived. The book chronicles Vietnam, courtroom experience, and growing up in small town Midwest. Poet Bill Kloefkorn wrote, “Berry gives us poems made of iron…..his poems are strong and true”. The musician Britton Buchanan has composed, performed, and recorded, “Captain Berry’s Blues” based on the book. A number of readings are scheduled.
“I couldn’t believe how powerful his poems were—they packed a real punch. His poems about PTSD are spare, powerful, and well-crafted. Foot Soldier is an amazing introduction to his writing.” -Twyla Hansen as quoted in Omaha Magazine, August 22, 2023, article, "Of Bronze, Iron, & Ink."
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The Next Battle

"The Next Battle" by John S. Berry is an invaluable guide for veterans navigating the complex landscape of VA disability appeals. Drawing on his experience as an Army veteran and attorney, Berry provides a comprehensive roadmap to help readers achieve success in their appeals. With a step-by-step approach, he addresses the most common challenges that veterans face when dealing with the VA. From understanding the intricacies of the appeals process to effectively presenting evidence, Berry equips readers with the knowledge and tools needed to overcome obstacles and secure the benefits they rightfully deserve. "The Next Battle" is a vital resource for veterans seeking justice and support from the VA.

Those Gallant Men: On Trial In Vietnam

"Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam" by John S. Berry is a compelling account that sheds light on the gripping events surrounding the Green Beret case during the Vietnam War. As the military trial attorney for a crucial defendant, Berry offers a unique perspective on the intricate strategy and dynamics of the litigation. In this rare and insightful book, readers delve into the political machinations and complex relationships between the US Army, the CIA, and the Green Berets. With meticulous detail, Berry unveils the untold stories and explores the challenges faced by those involved in the trial. "Those Gallant Men" is a captivating exploration of a pivotal moment in history, providing a deeper understanding of the Vietnam War's complexities.

The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage

"The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage" by Linda M. Battisti and John Stevens Berry Sr. delves into a haunting and controversial chapter in American crime history. In 1958, Charles Starkweather shocked the nation with his brutal spree killings, claiming the lives of eleven individuals in Nebraska and Wyoming. At his side was his fourteen-year-old girlfriend, Caril Fugate, whose involvement in the murders remains a subject of debate even after fifty years. Battisti and Berry, through meticulous research, uncover the harrowing truth of Fugate's experience—a victim both of Starkweather and a flawed Nebraska justice system. The authors expose the legal injustices and manipulation endured by Fugate, highlighting her coerced testimony and denial of a fair trial. "The Twelfth Victim" is a shocking and poignant account that reveals a true story of denied justice in a murder case that captivated the nation.

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