Friday, November 21, 2014

50-Year Mosaic of Change in America

Retired military officer and corporate executive highlights profound generational differences & exceptional Americans in his books

— The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after – Newton D. Baker.

It’s not unusual to hear someone yearn for “the good old days.” For today’s senior citizens that means the period of the 50s and 60s. To the baby boomers, it’s the 70s and 80s. And to millennials it means the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In his book, America: A Cultural Enigma, Don Gilleland accounts for the myriad of differences between the values, customs, habits, home life, and traditions of the world he grew up in with those of today.

“This book is a captivating read that reeks of credibility, deftly written by a seasoned veteran of military service and later, the corporate world,” says Marshall Frank, suspense author and retired Miami Police Captain. “No one could have written this better.” The book is the author’s personal observation of huge cultural shifts that have taken place among diverse segments of our society over the last fifty years. It may help the reader put events into a more personal perspective.

“I have lived in twelve states,” said Gilleland matter-of-factly. “And I’ve traveled to twenty-nine countries on five continents. Those travels encouraged me to write this book.”

Also published by Black Rose Writing, Gilleland’s second book, America: Where Great Things Happen, shares exciting things Americans do that don’t get much news media coverage. “It’s about inspirational stories that got lost beneath all the bad things happening in the world today,” Don said. The book is slated for release in November 2014. It is a thoroughly positive book about wonderfully exciting things that Americans do which rarely get a lot of news media attention.  It also includes a chapter of inspirational, humorous and encouraging stories that will make the reader smile and feel good about being an American.

About the Author

Gilleland, an Evangelical Christian, served thirty years in the U.S. Military, eight years enlisted in the Navy, and twenty-two years commissioned in the Air Force. After retiring from the military in 1984, he worked in the defense industry for 10 years, retiring from General Dynamics Corporation as corporate director of public affairs where he was responsible for worldwide news media relations. Don is a frequent contributor to Florida Today Newspaper, TC Palm Newspaper, and Vero’s Voice Magazine with over 500 total published articles. He lives in Melbourne, Florida.

Gilleland will be at the Meet the Authors Book Fair this weekend in the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne. Florida. Be sure to stop by and see him if you are in the area.

For more information visit or follow Don on Facebook at

America A Cultural Enigma is  Published by Black Rose Writing, 
ISBN: 978-1-61296-302-0

May be purchased online at, or Barnes& or directly from the author at or at Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL on November 22, 2014

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