Journey

Memoirs of an Air Force Chief of Staff

Foreword by Leon Panetta

About The Book

An uncensored account of General Schwartz's term as the wartime US Air Force Chief of Staff under presidents Bush and Obama.

The General’s dysfunctional home life drove him to apply to the Air Force Academy over forty years ago, where he was provided with a new family and sense of worth he had never earned from his own father. This purpose has driven the General throughout his remarkable career, taking him to Alaska, the Pentagon, and Germany; to Florida during Hurricane Opal, and has also allowed him to work alongside Presidents Bush and Obama and Secretaries of Defense Don Rumsfeld, Bob Gates and Leon Panetta.

Journey is a book about leadership. It is packed with the General’s lessons from life in the military: breaking the mold, flying uncharted airspace, battles?from Iraq to the Pentagon, Afghanistan to Congress. It’s about pushing limits in an era of diminishing budgets and fewer resources to fuel the furnace of innovation. He chronicles the phenomenal story of the evolution of the US special operations, such as what was achieved when taking down Bin Laden. The General discusses the controversial new technologies that have been allowing America to build new capabilities in remote aircraft and cyber warfare. Many believe General Schwartz’s greatest legacy will be the dramatic acceleration of the “drone” program. He is a staunch advocate for it and this book will explain why.

About The Authors

General Norton Schwartz served as the 19th Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. As Chief, he served as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general functioned as military adviser to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and the President. He lives with his wife Suzie in McLean, Virginia.

Ron Levinson is a veteran film and television producer, director, writer, and studio executive. A past board member of the U.S. Air Force Public Advisory Council (where he counseled the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force on motion picture and television production), Ron recently completed collaborating with General Hugh Shelton on Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior. Ron currently lives in Los Angeles.

Suzie Schwartz became a champion for military families and their causes following her early years as a hospitality professional. She currently serves on the Fisher House Foundation Board of Directors and as President, Military Spouse Programs at Victory Media.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (March 13, 2018)
  • Length: 408 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510710344

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“Author Stephen Foreman’s electrifying Journey takes us on a wild, emotional ride with three mesmerizing, unforgettable characters in the Old West of the 1830s. Stephen’s prowess as both an author and screenwriter are in full display as we actually see and feel every moment of the adventure. Unlike most westerns, the title character of Journey is a courageous, irrepressible young woman whose indomitable spirit comes alive like a flaming arrow on each page. Set against the backdrop of social challenges such as slavery and intolerance that still resonate today, Journey is a spellbinding page turner that reminds us of how captivating a great story and characters can be in the hands of a master story teller. What a great book—can’t wait to the see the movie.” —Stephen Simon, producer of the films Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come, and All The Right Moves

“Raw, gritty, unflinching, yet still somehow tender. A gripping tale about freedom, identity, heritage. A Western unlike any you’ve read before.”—Casey Scieszka, author of To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story

“This stirring tale thrusts the reader into the 1830s of the West. It’s an eye-opening depiction of the savagery and magnificence of the period. It redefines and reanimates our conventional notions of the Western saga. The characters are vividly drawn. The writing style is almost painterly. It’s visual and seems like a firsthand account of actual events. Mr. Foreman transports us to a world that is recognizable and at the same time fresh and enthralling.”—Tony Shalhoub, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor

“Although identified as “a western” in its subtitle, this briskly paced novel by Stephen Foreman bursts the traditional bounds of the genre. Set in a harsh Southwest still beyond the edge of the law, its vividly constructed characters take the reader on awild horseback ride through rugged country, villainy, nature’s ferocity, and the evil of slavery on the frontier. Few will forget the journey.”—E. Donnall Thomas Jr., author of How Sportsmen Saved the World and Montana Streams, Peaks and Prairies

Journey, set in the American West before the Civil War, tells the vivid story of three people who struggle to make lives in a still raw and brutal country: Journey is an astonishingly capable sixteen year old whose background is a mystery and who seems to have been all but born on horseback; Reuben Moon, part Mexican and part Apache, a tracker and a hunter who carries within him the gifts of the mountains and the woods and may also be Journey’s father; and Esau Burdock, a wealthy slave trader who was born poor and didn’t forget it. The land was rich with wild food and wilder animals, including a mountain lion as vivid as Journey herself. The book’s considerable power comes from Foreman’s deep understanding of an America two hundred years ago, run on a slave economy. This is a first rate American novel with haunting characters in the spirit of Larry McMurtry.”—David Freeman, screenwriter

“A book of historical importance, as Journey is, usually delivers the stuff that satisfies readers. But Stephen Foreman’s achievement with Journey is to combine historically accurate facts with riveting fiction, creating a book of tremendous importance. Read, enjoy, and reflect on Journey’s journey and her emancipation. I loved this book!”—Joseph B. Healy, editor of When Bears Attack

“Reading this book I was swept into a compelling narrative as raw and bold as the old Southwest. We forget how very different we are, yet how connected we can be by events bigger than ourselves. Foreman’s story starts with the meteor shower that stunned and shocked everyone whose eyes were opened to the sky on a November night in 1833. And we cannot help but ride along with the girl who stares at the sky from the back of her paint pony. It was a seminal moment in the lives of all who witnessed the Leonid meteor shower of November 18, 1833. All over the continent eyes were turned to the heavens in wide wonder and fear. This story opens with Journey sitting on a paint pony beneath an angry sky. She wonders what it is going to mean and we do too, swept along with her into Foreman’s epic of incest, injustice and instinct.”—Gary Lewis, host of Frontier UnlimitedJohn Nosler Going Ballistic

“The boundaries of color and caste have been breached, tweaked, and traversed in these United States of America even before its formal inception as a nation. And Stephen Foreman fuses compassion, astuteness, and vigorous prose to bring these elements to an antebellum western whose heroic values are at once familiar and fresh. You can almost feel the prairie breezes and night chills on your skin along with Journey’s heroine, who fears nothing in her past or present.”—Gene Seymour

“After reading Journey, no one will think the same way about the Old West or slavery. This beautifully told tale of love, hate, and courage, with its superb descriptions of western landscape, complex and nuanced characters, vengeance and forgiveness, is a fine work of art.”—Luke Salisbury, author of Hollywood and & Sunset, The Cleveland Indian, and The Answer Is Baseball

“Stephen H. Foreman takes the reader on a wild ride in Journey, a stage coach of a novel with its bumps, twists and turns that spans from the then New Mexico Territory to New Orleans and London with its Dickensian overtones. With an Apache Indian maiden as the focal point, Foreman in this adventure novel gives the reader a plot twist that is worthy of Sophocles.”—Dolan Hubbard, PhD, Chairperson, Department of English and Language Arts, Morgan State University

“Author Stephen Foreman’s electrifying Journey takes us on a wild, emotional ride with three mesmerizing, unforgettable characters in the Old West of the 1830s. Stephen’s prowess as both an author and screenwriter are in full display as we actually see and feel every moment of the adventure. Unlike most westerns, the title character of Journey is a courageous, irrepressible young woman whose indomitable spirit comes alive like a flaming arrow on each page. Set against the backdrop of social challenges such as slavery and intolerance that still resonate today, Journey is a spellbinding page turner that reminds us of how captivating a great story and characters can be in the hands of a master story teller. What a great book—can’t wait to the see the movie.” —Stephen Simon, producer of the films Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come, and All The Right Moves

“Raw, gritty, unflinching, yet still somehow tender. A gripping tale about freedom, identity, heritage. A Western unlike any you’ve read before.”—Casey Scieszka, author of To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story

“This stirring tale thrusts the reader into the 1830s of the West. It’s an eye-opening depiction of the savagery and magnificence of the period. It redefines and reanimates our conventional notions of the Western saga. The characters are vividly drawn. The writing style is almost painterly. It’s visual and seems like a firsthand account of actual events. Mr. Foreman transports us to a world that is recognizable and at the same time fresh and enthralling.”—Tony Shalhoub, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor

“Although identified as “a western” in its subtitle, this briskly paced novel by Stephen Foreman bursts the traditional bounds of the genre. Set in a harsh Southwest still beyond the edge of the law, its vividly constructed characters take the reader on awild horseback ride through rugged country, villainy, nature’s ferocity, and the evil of slavery on the frontier. Few will forget the journey.”—E. Donnall Thomas Jr., author of How Sportsmen Saved the World and Montana Streams, Peaks and Prairies

Journey, set in the American West before the Civil War, tells the vivid story of three people who struggle to make lives in a still raw and brutal country: Journey is an astonishingly capable sixteen year old whose background is a mystery and who seems to have been all but born on horseback; Reuben Moon, part Mexican and part Apache, a tracker and a hunter who carries within him the gifts of the mountains and the woods and may also be Journey’s father; and Esau Burdock, a wealthy slave trader who was born poor and didn’t forget it. The land was rich with wild food and wilder animals, including a mountain lion as vivid as Journey herself. The book’s considerable power comes from Foreman’s deep understanding of an America two hundred years ago, run on a slave economy. This is a first rate American novel with haunting characters in the spirit of Larry McMurtry.”—David Freeman, screenwriter

“A book of historical importance, as Journey is, usually delivers the stuff that satisfies readers. But Stephen Foreman’s achievement with Journey is to combine historically accurate facts with riveting fiction, creating a book of tremendous importance. Read, enjoy, and reflect on Journey’s journey and her emancipation. I loved this book!”—Joseph B. Healy, editor of When Bears Attack

“Reading this book I was swept into a compelling narrative as raw and bold as the old Southwest. We forget how very different we are, yet how connected we can be by events bigger than ourselves. Foreman’s story starts with the meteor shower that stunned and shocked everyone whose eyes were opened to the sky on a November night in 1833. And we cannot help but ride along with the girl who stares at the sky from the back of her paint pony. It was a seminal moment in the lives of all who witnessed the Leonid meteor shower of November 18, 1833. All over the continent eyes were turned to the heavens in wide wonder and fear. This story opens with Journey sitting on a paint pony beneath an angry sky. She wonders what it is going to mean and we do too, swept along with her into Foreman’s epic of incest, injustice and instinct.”—Gary Lewis, host of Frontier UnlimitedJohn Nosler Going Ballistic

“The boundaries of color and caste have been breached, tweaked, and traversed in these United States of America even before its formal inception as a nation. And Stephen Foreman fuses compassion, astuteness, and vigorous prose to bring these elements to an antebellum western whose heroic values are at once familiar and fresh. You can almost feel the prairie breezes and night chills on your skin along with Journey’s heroine, who fears nothing in her past or present.”—Gene Seymour

“After reading Journey, no one will think the same way about the Old West or slavery. This beautifully told tale of love, hate, and courage, with its superb descriptions of western landscape, complex and nuanced characters, vengeance and forgiveness, is a fine work of art.”—Luke Salisbury, author of Hollywood and & Sunset, The Cleveland Indian, and The Answer Is Baseball

“Stephen H. Foreman takes the reader on a wild ride in Journey, a stage coach of a novel with its bumps, twists and turns that spans from the then New Mexico Territory to New Orleans and London with its Dickensian overtones. With an Apache Indian maiden as the focal point, Foreman in this adventure novel gives the reader a plot twist that is worthy of Sophocles.”—Dolan Hubbard, PhD, Chairperson, Department of English and Language Arts, Morgan State University

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