The Yellow Wind: An Excursion in and around Red China with a Traveller in the Yellow Wind
Published in 1959, this is a brilliant and fascinating portrait of the huge complex that was China under Mao. The portrait is glowing with color and detail, full of movement, glittering. A remarkable first-hand report on the secrets of Mao’s success in building Communist China, and some of the factors that would lead to the cultural revolution and the turnaround that is Chinese society today.
“More than any political or specialists’ study,it gives the American reader some understanding in human terms of a new people and the secret of their power.”
Edgar Snow in a review for the New York Times
The Borman Brotherhood
This is the story of a brilliant, complex plan for the creation of a “brotherhood” initiated long before the end of WWII by the least visible and most powerful of the Nazi war lords – Martin Borman. The Brotherhood, backed by virtually unlimited funds, established “safe” houses inside Germany, escape routes to other countries and continents, and an extensive international group of industrial firms as financial reservoirs and as fronts for escaped Nazis.
This chronicle is based upon independent investigation, including numerous exclusive interviews and examination of recently declassified documents at the time of the book’s publication in 1973.
“A superb book< a vital supplement to the millions of words written about the Second World war.”
Morley Safer, CBS Sixty Minutes
The Bushbabies (fiction)
A children’s story of an African journey made by three improbable companions -- the “bushbabies:” Jacqueline (based on the author’s eldest daughter,) whose family is bound for England, her tiny pet tarsier called a bushbaby, and Tembo Murumbi, her father’s former assistant and now her friend and protector.
Jackie’s fierce devotion to her pet has led her to persuade Tembo to help her return the bushbaby to its native home. But what begins as a piece of foolish but forgivable childish determination soon develops into a flight with tragic implications. Eventually all ends well.
This book was made into a popular Hollywood film starring Margaret Brooks and Lou Gosset and an animated television series in Japanese and English by Nippon Animation.
Birdsnests in Their Beards
A vital chapter in Indonesia’s history, this book tells the story of a band of intellectual pirates who, at the behest of freelance western adventurers tried to thwart the passionate Indonesian nationalist leader and first President, Sukarno, to create a single powerful nation out of eight thousand tiny islands. The author remains objective as he travels with and interviews the Pirates.
The title of this book is the Hebrew command to Israeli fighter pilots meaning “Go!” “Jump take-off! Or Scramble!” With the sense of urgency implied by that title, The author traces the full development of the Israeli Air Force from its inception in 1948 to 1970. William Stevenson gained the confidence of the IAF and was given unprecedented freedom of access to its facilities and to all levels of its personnel. He gathered the raw material for Zanek in the cockpits and crewrooms of the air bases; at the technical institutes and training schools, in cafes, homes and kibbutzim and from library archives. There are also intimate glimpses of the individuals who have created what Stevenson calls the first guerilla air force in history because they have revolutionized aerial strategy and tactics, substituting innovation and surprise for what they lack in equipment and manpower. A former British naval pilot, Stevenson illustrates this concept with dramatic scenes, authoritatively depicted, of dogfights between Russian supersonic jets and outmoded Israeli planes.
The on-the-spot story of Israel’s spectacular six day Battle for survival in the 1967 war. A week before the actual fighting began, William Stevenson – in Israel – knew that war was inevitable. He had talked with hundreds of Israeli citizens and high government officials. On the streets and in the pubs where the press gathered, he watched the tension build.
Here is what the publisher said about choosing William Stevenson to write this book.
“All during the lightning mobilization, he was the man on the scene. To gather a more complete picture of the political climate behind the war, Stevenson alternated flying between the United States, Canada and Israel. He reported and commented on United Nations activity. He had been in Moscow when the mid-east crisis began to brew, and was one of the few men able to put into perspective Russia’s strange role in the war. William Stevenson – by virtue of his background, his current involvement, his writing skill and his interest – was of course the man to write this book.
Emperor Red (fiction)
The code called Emperor Red told Wingate, an American Agent, that the last of China’s emperors was alive and lost in the mystifying maze called Hong Kong. Wingate’s orders: Find the Former Puppet of Stalin and Mao and get him Back alive to Beijing. If Wingate succeeded, his own country, of necessity, might abandon him. If he failed, the superpowers would be at war.
China’s fabled past and mighty future come together in Emperor Red.
From the rubble of the Blitz to the very heart of the Kremlin, one man pursues the truth behind the Final Solution. Imprisoned for life in Spandau, Rudolf Hess is a man with a terrible secret. In an exclusive interview with Scott Talbott, an ambitious young TV journalist, Hess discloses that he had a passenger when his plane crashed in Scotland in 1941. This whispered revelation proves to be a deadly gift, a breath of evil that revives the terrible spectre of the holocaust and sends Talbott on a desperate mission to stop the nightmare Hess has unleashed .
Booby Trap (Fiction)
At one time the target of American bombs and missiles launched at his Arab homeland on the pretext of punishing terrorists, Colonel Zia Bel-el-bey Gabbiya is about to realize his most cherished goal. Armed with a billion dollar blackmail scheme guaranteed to neutralize America’s superpower allies, the “King of Terrorists” prepares to offer himself as a target again –and bring the great American Satan to its knees once and for all.
Ex-Vietnaam fighter pilot Pete Casey and a courageous band of private citizens are all that stand between Gabbiya and global chaos. Against the bloodthirsty Arab leader’s high tech invasion armada, Casey has only a vintage WWII wood and canvas airplane held together with baling wire. His flying dinosaur might be the perfect booby trap to snare the monster killer, but Casey has only one chance to fly a daring mission whose failure would seal the doom of the civilized world.