by Gerald T. Richards



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/8/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 464
ISBN : 9781403361608
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 464
ISBN : 9781403361615
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 464
ISBN : 9781403361592

About the Book

JIMMY is a story about a teenaged boy, Jimmy Warton, who joins the US Army and finds himself in war torn Germany six months later.  Jimmy had spent most of his life in Texas and Oklahoma.  Arriving in Regensburg, Germany in December 1948, Jimmy joined the First Medical Battalion of the First Infantry Division.  There he finds himself among a hard drinking, hard playing bunch of underutilized American soldiers in a country where there are few jobs and many more women than men.  To survive, German women turned to prostitution.  Jimmy tried to join in the drinking and the exploitation of women but he feels guilty with every woman.  Eventually, Jimmy’s drinking lands him in trouble.  While he awaits trial on serious charges, Jimmy gets all the alcohol out of his system and gets help from friends he didn’t know he had.  One of those friends introduces Jimmy to reading books for fun, a new concept for him, and helps him turn his life around.  Acquitted at his trial through a bit of luck and some research into legal procedure, Jimmy gets the chance few people get to make a fresh start with a clean record.

About the Author

The author joined the Army at fifteen and served in U.S. Occupied Germany from December 1948 until June 1951. After college, he also served eight years as a commissioned officer reaching the rank of Major before resigning. He worked as an engineer at an oil refinery, a physicist at a nuclear weapons laboratory, a computer center manager, and an attorney in private practice. He ended his career as an attorney for the same laboratory where he worked as a physicist. In retirement, the author volunteers legal services, reads every book he can afford to buy and writes. He has written both nonfiction articles and the novel Jimmy. He has made the study of people an integral part of his research throughout his life. Knowledge of people has been essential for success in his career as an Army Officer, a manager and an attorney. He puts that knowledge to use in this work as he shows how Jimmy begins to acquire that knowledge and how those who have it make use of it.