My memoir, “Journey to an Unknown Destination: In the Company of Great Americans,” will be out in print soon, hopefully before Memorial Day. Publishing books is a time consuming process. For those of you who haven’t already read the synopsis, here it is again below.
Life is a journey to an unknown destination, best traveled in the company of Great Americans. Ed Ross’ life is just such a story. This incredible no-holds-barred memoir reveals the good the bad and the evil of a 43-year career in the military and government, with stories of triumph, tragedy, murder, espionage, suicide, defection, terrorism, bureaucratic politics, sacrifice for love of country and associations with great Americans. He rises from a small child running free on the streets of Swissvale, Pennsylvania, to senior executive in the Department of Defense at home in the halls of power in Washington D.C. A highly-decorated Vietnam War combat veteran, he fights the Viet Cong in some of the major combat operations of the Vietnam War. As a case officer and counter-intelligence, counter-espionage special agent, he runs sensitive, deep cover operations against the Viet Cong, manages the U.S. Army’s clandestine intelligence operations in the Asia-Pacific Theater of Operations. A fluent and literate Chinese linguist, as a China/Taiwan analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency and as a military attache’ to China he spearheads the opening of U.S.-China defense relations.
Medically retired from the U.S. Army in 1984 with life threatening end-stage renal disease, he receives a kidney transplant the following year and goes on to a 23-year career in Washington, D.C., as the Special Assistant for China in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he is the architect of U.S. arms sales to China and oversees sensitive U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. As Acting Deputy Assistant of Defense for POW/MOIA Affairs, he establishes the Defense Prisoner of war Missing in Action Office and leads the Department of Defense through the intense scrutiny of the American people, the media and the Congress of the controversy over accounting for MIAs in Southeast Asia. As Principal Director for Operations in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, he led at the nexus where grand strategy and amorphous bureaucracy converged to train and equip friends and allies around the world.
In the meantime, my novel “The Transplants” is now out in print version. It’s available at Amazon.com.