by Bob West with Janet Fogg
To be released March 1, 2023 by Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press. Pre-order now!
“You can take an architect out of Boulder, but can you make him a cattle rancher in Wyoming? Twenty Miles of Fence: Blueprint of a Cowboy answers that question in gritty, unflinching detail. A searing, adventurous memoir about the cold hard realities of pursuing the cowboy way.” ~ Mark Stevens, author of The Allison Coil Mystery Series including The Melancholy Howl
#1 Best Seller
One of five books nominated in 2012 by the Air Force Historical Foundation for best WWII book reviewed in Air Power History.
“Fogg’s uncensored insights into the day-to-day routine of a typical fighter pilot offer an informative perspective. To provide some historical context for the layperson, the Foggs briefly interject significant events elsewhere in the world. The historical summaries and morale reports provide a point of view on a grander scale.” ~ Lt. Col. Steve Ellis, USAFR (Ret.), Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA.
“Great read! This interesting diary type book took tons of research to create. It seemingly left no stone unturned to recreate the history of this fighter group, from forming up to leaving for home at wars end.” ~ Horace Mattapoisett
Relying not on recollections rendered imprecise by the passage of time, or secondhand reports which inevitably lose context, A Manifest Spirit instead presents observations from the group historian, base chaplain, and the fighter pilots themselves, recorded as they occurred during the conflict. The complex operation of a wartime fighter base, the deep satisfaction of a successful mission, and the heartbreak of waiting for pilots that never returned, are presented with the clarity that can only come from contemporaneous reports.
Finalist: The 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. A fascinating insight into life as a fighter pilot during World War Two. Highly recommended. ~ The Wishing Shelf
In December 1943 the newly formed 359th Fighter Group flew its first mission in the European Theater of Operations. Twenty-two months later World War II ended, and in November 1945 the 359th was inactivated, with 346 combat missions and 13,455 sorties to its credit. This collection of bar stories, mission reports, POW internments, and post-war reflections provides a first-hand account of life on base, in the air, and going on leave in war-time England, as recounted by the 359th’s pilots, officers, and enlisted men.
Heart of Christmas celebrates a blessed time of year with lighthearted tales of friends and family, beautiful poems, quotations, and some favorite yuletide songs. Included is The Smile of an Angel by Janet Fogg.
Born in 1867, Arozina Celestine Cox, my great-great grandmother, married Aldo Knot Cox in 1885. Zina bore nine children, two of whom died in infancy, and one who at age 14 was shot and killed. Zina believed her teen son Vere was murdered at the mill where Aldo worked. Considering her education, poverty, the loss of three children, separation from her husband, and little formal religious education, Zina lived with strength and became inspired by God to share her tragic and sometimes beautiful life in these, her “writings.” I am happy to provide a pdf of this book to relatives of Zina and Aldo. Please contact me.