“National Security and Military Affairs”
Report by Betty Sakai
Guardian of the Republic is an apt title for Allen West’s 2014 book, and his life. ( published by Random House, www.crownpublishing.com) Allen West personifies the stability and strength, knowledge and determination of American manhood. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached, Allen is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. His book is interesting and immensely powerful. It tells the story of the middle son of proud but humble parents. Herman “Buck” West and Elizabeth Thomas “Snooks” West were themselves highly educated and provided loving structure and discipline for their children, expecting them to attend church and respect their elders, attend the best schools possible, and serve their country to the best of their ability.
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