“A very different kind of war story. . . hilariously funny and a
—Angus Kress Gillespie, Maritime Historian>
“Rockland's book is a combination One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
—Bruce Chadwick, historian and writer
“. . . beautifully captures the timeless absurdity of military
life--the humor, the confusion, and the sadness.” —Matthew Lane, sergeant and combat veteran---Iraqi campaign--retired
“The stories of Navy and Marine mental patients are alternately
frightening, sad and, at times, bizarrely humorous. This is first-rate
writing about a world few of us have ever seen or experienced, told
with insight and compassion.”
—Richard W. Wilson, Captain (retired) U.S. Naval Reserve
American Diplomat in Franco Spain (Hansen Publishing Group, 2012)
and magnificently unputdownable, this book is a
unique performance in the way it illuminates
both Spanish and American culture."
--Carmen Manuel, Professor
of American Literature, University of Valencia
"What pleasure it gives me to encounter an
American, a former diplomat, who understands so
well our country, past and present, and who is
equally at home in the world and language of
Cervantes as that of Shakespeare." --Jorge Dezcallar,
Ambassador of Spain to the United States
"Michael Rockland's accounts of his unusual
experiences while he and I served with the
American Embassy in Spain are amusing,
illuminating, insightful, and provocative. The
book will be as appealing to American as to
Spanish audiences." --Ambassador
Alexander F. Watson, Former Assistant Secretary of
Listen to Professor Michael Aaron Rockland on N.P.R.
radio talk about his book, An
American Diplomat in Franco Spain.
Watch Michael Rockland discuss An American Diplomat in Franco Spain below:
Spanish edition, 2011,
Biblioteca Javier Coy, University of Valencia
Stones (Hansen Publishing Group, 2009)
"Stones is a sneaky and
beautiful little masterpiece--sneaky because its
disarmingly simple premise of a single day spent
visiting graves manages somehow to communicate the
endless complexity of one Jewish-American family
over the span of nearly a century, and beautiful
because Michael Rockland tells his story with a
generous, generous heart." --Tom De Haven, author
of It's Superman!
George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel (Rutgers University Press, 2008)
magnificent bridge it honors, this book is
graceful, intelligently composed, elegant,
durable, and solid as steel."
--Phillip Lopate, author of
Waterfront: A Walk
"The George Washington
Bridge:Poetry in Steel is a well-rounded
tribute to a national landmark. The author weaves
together history, popular culture, behind-the-scene
tours, and personal insights in his living portrait
of a modern marvel."--Darl Rastorfer, author of Six Bridges: The
Legacy of Othmar H. Ammann
The Jews of New Jersey: A Pictorial
co-author Patricia M. Ard
(Rutgers University Press, 2001)
great book , we would not know of the Jews who
impacted New Jersey history. I was mesmerized
staring into faces long gone and at storefronts
where there are now completely different shops. A
brilliant pictorial history."
--Kathleen S., Amazon. com
"The authors. . .
create a vivid portrait of New Jersey Jewish
life through the
personal stories of individual citizens. . .
accompanied by a wealth of
fascinating historic images."
Newsletter, Association of Jewish Libraries
(Rutgers University Press, 1994)
just 'observing' America objectively, he's in it,
all the way, fighting
the old clichés with jokes and insights
about everything he sees
and about himself. It's a very refreshing book."
--Robert M. Pirsig, author
of Zen and the
Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
"Rockland is one
of the most exuberant men on earth and a raconteur of genius, and those
qualities enliven every chapter, every sentence,
every step of the way. This book is both funny and
wise, and a damn good travelogue to boot! One of
the most unusual and entertaining books I've read
in a long, long time."
--Tom De Haven, author of Sunburn Lake BUY THE BOOK from Amazon
(Coffee House Press, 1989)
gorgeous stuff. This book's inherent pull
virtually yanked me from page to page. Its
unorthodox narrative power got me so hooked that I
put aside my own work and finished it in a day."
--Fletcher Knebel, author of
Seven Days in May
"This novel is
terrific! A funny book with lots of guts and tears
as well as the laughs. I'm wild about it."
--Richard Marschall, author
of The Cousins
"Mr. Rockland . .
. has a light touch and a near perfect ear for
humbug. There is a good joke in almost every line,
but the humor is not strained in the telling and
the pace never lets up."
--Candia McWilliams, review
in the Sunday New
for America on the New Jersey Turnpike
co-author Angus Kress Gillespie
(Rutgers University Press, 1989)
informative, thoroughly entertaining examination
of this most American of highways. . . .Vivid,
authentic, and often humorous, while being
admirably fair-minded. . . . An original work."
--Edward Allen, New York Times Sunday
television's The Eleventh Hour and Good
Chosen by both the
New Jersey State Library and New
Jersey Monthly magazine as one of the "Ten Best Books
Ever Written on New Jersey"
"This book is a
veritable casebook in applied American Studies.
Having hit the road himself, . . . Rockland echoes
the 'I Have Seen America' documentary expeditions
of the 1930s as well as the earlier redemptive
journeys of Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and
Huckleberry Finn. His analysis of the tensions
between individualism and community reflects
Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America."
--Warren Belasco, in
Technology and Culture
Travels in the United States in 1847
(Princeton University Press, 1970)
"The spirit . . .
is the wine Whitman would uncork eight years later in Leaves
Sarmiento heard America singing and fell in love
with its mass and multitude. . . .The energizing
miracle was freedom."
--B. A. Weissberger, Washington Post Book
"Sarmiento was on
to the Americans' incredible mobility and
restlessness, their pragmatic openness to new
inventions and new ideas, their 'uniform decency
and general welfare, and to the ambiguous effect
of industrialism on morality and the corresponding
rise of 'avarice and fraud."
--A. Alvarez, The Saturday
Chosen by Book
World as one of the "Fifty Best Books of the Year"
Book Club Selection
and Sixties: Julian Marias on the United States
(Penn State University Press, 1972), editor,
supervisor of translation, and author of
Jewish Experience in Literature (University
of Haifa and the Academy of Jewish Studies Without
America de'Americano' (What's
American About America?) (Taller de Estudios
Norteamericanos, University of Leon, Spain), 1992
Popular o Por Que Estudiar Basura (Popular
Culture: Or Why Study "Trash?" (Taller de Estudios
Norteamericanos, University of Leon, Spain), 1996.