Danville author Harry G. Michaels has released two new books: a historical fiction work set during World War II, and an analysis of public education and the professionalism of teachers and educators.
Michaels is a retired school psychologist who also served as a U.S. Army artillery officer during the 1950s.
The first book is "Wings Over Normandy, Second Edition," a fictional account of a despair-ridden young San Francisco man of Irish decent -- still recovering from the tragedy that befell his high school love -- who enters World War II and becomes the pilot of a B-26 medium bomber.
The novel follows the man through the Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944, soon after which he meets and falls in love with an Irish woman.
Michaels' second new work, "How Goes It With America: In the Interests of Educational Reform," attempts to examine the devaluation of teachers and public education in America by tracing the impact of several significant social events in recent U.S. history, including the deadly shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
The nonfiction book also offers specific recommendations for educational reform, guidance for teachers and counselors, and directions for the future.
Both books, published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, are available in bookstores and online.