Baylaurel Press Baylaurel Press is an independent publishing firm in Mill Valley, California devoted to written material and photography about military history, dogs, and outdoor adventure on land and sea.

Bill Buchanan, author and principal of the firm, has written three books: Living with Brittanys: a Survival Guide; Full Circle: A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam; and Fur Kids: A Life with Dogs. The authorís experiences as a climber, backcountry skier, forest fire fighter, U.S. Marine, and Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reflected not only in the books, but in published articles and essays, some of which are available for review at Our Adventure Blog
  
 

Exceptionally well written
"Full Circle is an exceptionally well written and perceptive account that gives pride and meaning well above and beyond the usual story of Marines in combat..."
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BOOK REVIEWS
Recent Reviews from the Press

Fur Kids: A Life with Dogs is a delightful memoir of Claire and Bill Buchananís life and travels with their Brittany Ďfurí children ĖRed, Max, Blazer, Joey, and Brady ónot that they had all five with them at the same time. It is a story about dogs and experiencing the outdoors. Some parts of the memoir reminded me of John Steinbeckís Travels with Charlie, and others reminded me of James Herriotís short animal tales. William Buchanan is an excellent writer with a sense of humor and a special gift for describing nature in the wilds. If youíre a dog lover and enjoy travel stories, Iím sure youíll enjoy columnist William Buchananís latest book, Fur Kids: A Life with Dogs.

Kaye Trout,
Reviewer, The Midwest Book Review

Share your years with these furred companions whose lives are shorter than your own and you accept the certainty of losses. But the remembered joys outlast the grieving. Itís an endlessly repeated story, known by anyone who has given his heart to a dog. But William Buchanan tells it with uncommon freshness and feeling, from his rich experience with five Brittanys.

C. W. Gusewelle,
award-winning columnist for the Kansas City Star, inductee into the Writerís Hall of Fame of America, and author of six books, including The Rufus Chronicle, a tribute to his own furred companion

Full Circle is an exceptional story of the Marines of Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines (G/2/5), 1 st Marine Division about teenagers growing up under fire and young officers and noncommissioned officers operating instinctively in an environment that required extemporaneous reactions in a deadly place. Presented in an interesting style that reveals life and death in a rifle company, as seen by the author in regular text, interspersed in italics representing the verbatim responses of members of the company as they cite their experiences firsthand, the book is clear, precise, thorough, and well researched. The statements of the individual Marines run the gamut from blunt and hard to emotional and critical, but in all cases serve to link the book to reality and actual events the way it must have been. In my view, this editorial treatment provides a sense of reality and distances the book from other military history publications.

Reviewed for The Marine Corps Gazette
by Col Kenneth D. Jordan, USMC (Ret)

Full Circle: A Marine Rifle Company In Vietnam by William L. Buchanan is a powerfully written and very personal memoir of serving in G Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in 1966 during the Vietnam War. Jarring, vivid, and unflinching in its presentation of battlefield tension, bloodshed, death, and the wry absurdities of a military life, Full Circle is a gripping and sometimes disturbing testimony charged with the power of unfiltered human experience. Full Circle is very highly recommended reading and a welcome addition to the growing library of Vietnam War biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and eyewitness accounts.

Midwest Book Review
March 8, 2004

Full Circle is one great book. Cover to cover, it rings true as Buchanan and the men of Golf Co reach the reader with the sounds, smells, disappointments and exultation of the cruel Vietnam War. a war, it seems likely, most Americans will never wholly understand. What the reader will assuredly understand, however, is that the well?trained, well motivated rifle company has formed the fundamental building block of our war fighting effort throughout our Corps' celebrated history. The location and geography of America's wars do indeed change, but the Marines we deploy and trust to fight them, from Belleau Wood to Baghdad, seem oddly interchangeable. Second Lt Buchanan and his Marines have allowed us to travel " Full Circle " with them in this brilliant edition. "Guns up," and come join this immortal group of warriors: the battle hardened Marines of Golf Co.

Reviewed for Leatherneck Magazine
by Robert B. Loring

 
 

 
       
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