A review by David Bedein

David Ramati has written A Destiny of Memories, Fire and Rain which has already achieved eight five star ratings at Amazon. I would like to make it nine with this review.

I have known David from our old University of Wisconsin Days after he returned from the Vietnam War. David volunteered to join the United States Marine Corps and fought for what he believed was right in a war that had no rear lines. He served, as did many of his generation, out of love for America and a desire to keep America, his friends, and family safe.

This book is not just another war story, although it flashes back to many disturbing and riveting scenes that he experienced during the way, rather it is a book about returning home. As he says in his book where he quotes Thomas Wolfe, you can’t go home again.

“Baby killer…war criminal…Nazi…” were among the greetings waiting for my fellow veterans ‘back home’. David writes with eloquence and pain how this affected him– and many thousands of others– who served their country honorably after being lied to by our political leaders.

Some of the reviewers of this book have compared it favorable to “All Quiet on the Western Front” or “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” I cannot disagree with their assessment.

There is one sentence in the book that strikes the heart, which I will never forget, “You can take the Marine out of Vietnam, but you can never take Vietnam out of the Marine.”

This book is about a long journey back from darkness. I couldn’t put the book down, and after reading it in one sitting from cover to cover, I  found myself staring out into the night, almost out of breath. This is a masterwork and I recommend it without any reservation.

You can order this book via a number of retailers listed on his author’s page. Please go to www.davidramati.com for more information.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.