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Books by William M. Murphy

  • Not for God and Country

    Not for God and Country is a true and definitive war story written by a decorated Marine who survived some of the harshest combat of the long, cruel Vietnam War. Learn why young Americans were sent to fight and die in a distant land because of decisions made before most of them were born. Experience the daily physical and emotional battles faced as an unlikely mix of young Marines are turned into battle-hardened brothers and heroes in the unforgiving reality of nontraditional insurgent warfare.

    The only friend these soldiers had was the nineteen-year-old next to them in the monsoon-soaked jungle 10,000 miles away from a forgotten home. They hated the war, and yet it became the focal point of their lives, forever changing them for better or worse. Back on American soil, they found no welcoming or appreciative country or the peace they so badly wanted. The bullets might have quit flying, but new struggles—PTSD, lingering wounds, social abandonment, and the effects of Agent Orange—took their place.

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William M. Murphy is the author of six touring guides of the American Great Lakes region and a nonfiction history book about several American female adventurists. He has published in several magazines, including Michigan History, Rider Magazine, and articles in environmental and law enforcement journals, and has spoken at many libraries, schools, and other venues regarding his books and the realm of environmental law. He appeared as a panel member on the Lansing Historical Society's exhibition and display of Vietnam War artifacts, and on the Michigan State University public TV station's seminar regarding the Vietnam War. In 2018 Murphy was inducted into Michigan's Environmental Hall of Fame after spending a career of thirty-five years in this area of law, and many more years as a volunteer.