Blood, Sweat and Fury: An American Expeditionary Manifesto of Poetry
Attorney, Iraq War Veteran, and Former State Senate Candidate Andrew Borene Publishes First Poetry Book, "Blood, Sweat & Fury" --
Minneapolis, MN, December 1, 2009 -Andrew Borene- Andrew Borene's first collection of poetry, "Blood, Sweat & Fury," published by iUniverse, Inc. will be officially released on January 1st, 2009. Borene, now a lecturer in national security and intelligence studies at the University of Minnesota, was the 2006 Democratic State Senate candidate in Edina, Minnesota until he was charged with domestic assault and withdrew from publicly campaigning in order to seek treatment for alcoholism and PTSD. This collection of poems draws from Borene's experiences in business, war, and politics before seeking recovery. The result is an edgy and at times haunting look into the mind of a man struggling with addiction and trauma, and his own deadly combination of low self-esteem and inflated ego.
Borene was raised in Edina, Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, he holds a BA in Economics from Macalester College and currently teaches U.S. Intelligence Community Policy in the Global Policy Area at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. A regular contributor to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Commentary page, Borene works in Washington, DC commuting weekly to Minnesota to teach his course.
A portion of the author's proceeds will support the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
Blood, Sweat & Fury is a collection of poems that match the speed and force of post-Cold War military doctrine for the United States, imposing an overwhelming campaign of force "against an adversary on an immediate or sufficiently timely basis to paralyze its will to carry on... to seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary's perceptions and understanding of events that the enemy would be incapable of resistance at the tactical and strategic levels."
The spring 2003 U.S.-led coalition campaign into Iraq attempted "to affect the will, perception, and understanding of the adversary to fit or respond to our strategic policy ends through imposing a regime of Shock and Awe." "Shock and awe" is the desired state of helplessness and lack of will for the adversary. Rapid dominance can be induced by direct force applied to command and control centers, selective denial of information and dissemination of disinformation, overwhelming combat force, and rapidity of action. Such is the pace, intensity, and novelty of Blood, Sweat & Fury.
Blood, Sweat & Fury carries within its pages all four vital characteristics of rapid dominance: 1. near total or absolute knowledge and understanding of self, adversary, and environment; 2. rapidity and timeliness in application; 3. operational brilliance in execution, and; 4. near total control and signature management of the entire operational environment.
While Blood, Sweat & Fury will not answer the"unknown unknowns," the "known unknowns," or even the "known knowns," it will leave an indelible and lasting mark in the mind of a reader who dares open its pages.