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Troops wait for a Chinook helicopter to land and airlift them out of the jungle.

Fighter jets drop napalm just outside the position of troops in Vietnam.

Aftermath of the battle at LZ Mary Ann

These surviving troops are retrieving both American and North Vietnamese bodies from the trench line after the overrun of LZ Mary Ann.  This battle took place beginning at 0230 on March 28, 1971 and lasted for 45 minutes.  This was the only time in the Vietnam War that a Battalion Headquarters was destroyed by North Vietnamese sappers.

Lieutenant George M. Papa (wearing helmet) and two of his Radio Telephone Operators out in the field.  

‘Finding the Savior in the Temple’ 1859 by William Homan Hunt 1827 – 1910

When Jesus was twelve years old, he departed for three days from his parents and taught the Elders, Sadducees, Pharisees and Scribes at the Temple in Jerusalem.  The Bible details this event, but does not disclose the words Christ spoke.  This book fills in that gap.

‘Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene’ 1834
by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov  1806 – 1858 Russian

On the morning of the Resurrection, the first person Christ appeared to was his wife, Mary Magdalene.  He came to quickly assure her that he was alright; that he was on his way to report to God, the Father; and that he had now completed his divine mission to atone on the cross for the fall of Adam and also for the sins of all mankind who would repent.

First Vision Stained Glass 1913

In the Spring of 1820, near Palmyra in upper state New York, God the Father, and Jesus Christ, His Son, appear to young Joseph Smith, age 14 at the time, and inform him that he should not join any existing church and that they would send other messengers to him to instruct him and to empower him to restore the original New Testament Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth.


The three principal Apostles of Jesus Christ were Peter, James and John.  They formed the presidency of Christ’s Church in the New Testament, after Christ’s ascension to heaven.  In May of 1829, these three resurrected Apostles were sent by Jesus Christ to appear to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and to confer upon them the Apostolic Priesthood, by the laying on of hands.  By this event, Christ’s Priesthood Authority was restored to the earth to once again allow Christ’s true Church to be organized upon this earth.

‘Joseph Smith is Visited by the Angel Moroni, Go Tell your Father’
by Jeremy Winborg, used with permission

On Sept. 21, 1823, Christ sent Moroni to Joseph Smith to tell him of a set of gold plates buried in a nearby hill that contained 2,600 years of history of three groups from the Old World, including one from the Tower of Babel, and two others from Jerusalem, that terminated in 421 A.D.  The next day, Moroni told Joseph to also tell his father, as illustrated here.  Seven years later, the golden plates were translated and published as “The Book of Mormon”. Moroni was a General and also the son of the Prophet and General Mormon, who was over the Nephite Army that was annihilated by a larger and less wicked Lamanite Army circa 400 A.D.  Before he died, Moroni buried the record so it was fitting for him to be sent by Christ to disclose it.  This book brings to vivid life that ancient record.

‘Destruction of Jerusalem’ by William Brassey Hole  1846 – 1917 English

A key event in the Book of Mormon was the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 587 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.  This book discloses the reason and means of this devastation in great detail and also underscores that the perversions and idolatry of this city precipitated the exodus of both the Nephites and the Mulekites from Jerusalem to Zarahemla, believed to be within a few hundred miles of the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Illinois.

Charles M. Russell created over 4,000 works of art. This book contains 256 of his paintings and the stories that prompted them.  Below is a selection of ten of his drawings.

‘For Supremacy’ c. 1895

‘Peaceful Valley Saloon’ 1900

‘Tenderfoot’ 1900

‘Greenhorn’ 1900

‘Jerked Down’ 1907

‘A Quiet Day In Utica’ 1907

‘Smoke of a 45’ 1908

‘In Without Knocking’ 1909

‘The Camp Cook's Troubles’ 1912

‘Meat’s Not Meat Till It’s in the Pan’ 1915

Charles M. Russell was born into a wealthy St. Louis family in the year 1864.  His love for horses and the Wild West exasperated his father who wanted him to grow up and manage the family empire.  Instead, Charlie only pined for the great frontier.  After a failed experiment in a military academy that his father insisted upon, he was finally allowed to go west, in the hopes that he would soon tire of the regimen of punching cows and return home.  Charlie never looked back.  He stayed in Montana for the rest of his extremely illustrious and robust life.

Charlie loved the enchanted West so much that he took to painting pictures, using any means he could get his hands on: cardboard, slabs of wood, leather, pieces of canvas, house paint, charcoal, oils, and watercolors, anything that would make a mark.  At first he just gave away his work to the first person who admired it.  If he did charge anything for his masterpieces it was tied to his notion that his time was worth a dollar a day, which is what he got paid for tending cattle on the range.  In other words, five bucks a painting was fine with Charlie.

It was out of the question that Charlie was an awesome artist. What he captured on canvas has never been duplicated by any camera.  For example the locals who saw the painting called ‘In Without Knocking’ easily identified not only the cowboys but their horses as well. What was more shocking was that he was a better story teller than a painter!  He could drink and tell yarns with the best of all outcasts and derelicts.  After all, he was one.  Simply put, a trail ride to Dodge had no electricity whatsoever without Charlie along.

When Charlie was thirty-two, a friend talked to him about getting married.  “It’ll save your ass”, said the friend, “If you don’t, you’ll drink yourself to death in six months!  Besides, my wife has a niece staying at our house.  She’s only eighteen and never graduated from high school, but I think it’ll work for all of us!” “Hell no”, said Nancy, “I ain’t gonna marry Charlie”!  She later reconsidered on two conditions: one, he had to give up the bottle, and two, he couldn’t give away any more paintings!  “I’ll be the business manager and set the prices!” she said.

And so it was.  They got married on September 9, 1896 in Cascade, Montana.  Soon tycoons were waiting in line to buy Charlie’s paintings that quickly went from $500 to then $1,000 and finally $40,000 each before he died.  In addition, Charlie and Nancy went on tour and put on an exhibition in New York that continued to London for the Queen and her sister, the Czarina.

This book captures the substance and grandeur of the life and times of Charlie Russell.

A depiction of the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother, Mary, after the Crucifixion, was carved in 1499, when the sculptor was 24 years old.

Michelangelo’s famous Pieta was the result of a scandal in which some shysters paid the young artist to carve a large stone medallion out of marble that depicted a cupid.  The derelicts then pounded dirt into it and claimed it was an antiquity from Greece and promptly sold it to a Cardinal in Rome for a huge profit.  After a while, the Cardinal discovered his deception, but was so impressed with the quality of the medallion that he sent agents throughout Italy to find the artist.  When found in Bologna, he was brought to Rome and commissioned to do this statue of Christ and Mary, which is now housed in the Vatican.

The Tomb of Lorenzo Medici, with the male, Dusk, and female, Dawn.

Michelangelo was born in Florence at the time Lorenzo Medici was perhaps the richest man in Europe with banks in Florence, Rome, London and Paris.  Moreover Lorenzo was the comptroller of the Roman Catholic Church and was in charge of selling Cardinalships to other European investors for the coffers of the Church.  Incidentally, the price of a cardinalship was 50,000 ducats, but it was paid back with interest, and the investor was made a Cardinal and did not have to practice celibacy.  Lorenzo was also the Gonfaloniere of Florence.  Within this framework, Lorenzo recognized the artistic brilliance of Michelangelo and effectively adopted him into his palace at Florence where he grew up with the Medici scions and was privy to all the intrigue of the realm.  This tomb by Michelangelo honors the Medici family.

Statue of ‘David’ by Michelangelo  

Michelangelo's world renowned ‘David’ took over two years to sculpt and is more than seventeen feet tall.  Michelangelo was so engaged in this work he built a shed around it and lived and worked almost around the clock in these tight confines until it was finished. Not even an oncoming attack on Florence by one of the Medici scions to regain that city could persuade Michelangelo to leaving this work to and flee for protection with the rest of the citizens of Florence who were hurrying to evacuate the city for their safety.

St. Peter’s Basilica

Beginning in 1506, six different architects had been commissioned by various Popes to build St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  These included Bramante, Raphael, Sangallo and finally Michelangelo in 1547, when he was 72 years old.  It became Michelangelo to decide upon the final size, shape and design of the entire building, including the dome. He chose to enlarge and dramatically change the structure to make it the renowned building it is today. He spent the remaining 27 years of his life perfecting the blueprints and personally supervising the day-to-day construction, yet the building was not completed until 1626, some 42 years after his death.  Nevertheless, all the successive Popes and building supervisors held to his genius plans for completion.

This book captures the frenetic times and conditions of both the Renaissance and the Reformation, including the death of Lorenzo Medici and the loss of his empire, the martyrdom of Savonarola, the revolt of Martin Luther against the fallacies of the Catholic Church, the sack of Rome and Florence by Emperor Charles V, as well as the many masterpieces of Michelangelo within the backdrop of these tumultuous events.

The books of George M. Papa are also available through the following distributors: Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, iBookstore, Copia, Sony, eBookPie, Kobo, eSentral, and Gerdner's.

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