Monday, January 6, 2014

Amnerica: A Cultural Enigma by Donald L. Gilleland

 It is not unusual to hear someone yearn for the good old days. For senior citizens, that usually means the 1950s or 1960s.  America: A Cultural Enigma suggests that the good old days might not have been as good as the reader remembers them or has been told about them. 

From the vantage point of a retired military officer and corporate executive, the author offers individual observations of seismic changes to our culture that have dramatically divided our nation over the last fifty years.

Whether the reader is a senior citizen looking back at life through a rear view mirror, a young adult contemplating an incomprehensible future, or a teenager studying history, this book will appeal to each from a different perspective.

Wherever the reader fits into these categories, a 50-year mosaic of changes over this period highlights profound ,generational differences. It has become increasingly difficult for seniors to identify with the mores, customs, values, traditions and habits of younger generations and for younger citizens to relate to family members who may be facing life in an assisted living facility or nursing home.

America: A Cultural Enigma highlights some of the things that account for those differences. It is not an historical document.  It is the author's personal observations of huge cultural shifts that have taken place among diverse segments of our society over the last fifty years. 

Donald L. Gilleland's America: A Cultural Enigma  is now available for pre-order at  All the information you need to decide if you would like a copy is available on that web page.  If you pre-order it now it will be sent out to you on January 23rd.  For those who buy a copy, Don will gladly inscribe it to them personally. Feel free to ask him questions at
America: A Cultural Enigma, Black Rose Writing Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-61296-302-0, $17.95

About the Author:

Donald L Gilleland, an evangelical christian, served thirty years in the US Military, 8 years in the Navy and 22 years commissioned in the Air Force.

After retiring in 1984, he served as director of public relations and advertising for the AM General Corporation; and from 1987 until his retirement in 1994, he worked for General Dynamics.

Following retirement, he wrote a history of General Dynamics covering operations  from 1851 to 1997. He also wrote an expansive series of articles for an international magazine on Pratt and Whitney aircraft engines.

He is also a frequent contributor to Florida Today, TC Palm, and Vero's Voice, He has written over 500 articles.

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