In 2004, I co-authored with Vietnam Navy Veteran John O’Neill the #1 New York Times bestseller “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.”

This book tanked John Kerry’s 2004 presidential run by exposing his fraudulent Purple Heart medal for minor injuries in Vietnam and his anti-war involvement leading the Vietnam Veterans Against the War when he returned to the United States.

The book was designed to uphold the honor of the men and women who fought for the United States in Vietnam, seeking to defeat communism and bring freedom to the people of South Vietnam.  The book repudiates the claims Kerry made to the Fulbright Committee that U.S. military in Vietnam committed random acts of violence “in a fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan.

In the presidential election campaign of 2004, “Unfit for Command” became the centerpiece for the Swift Boat campaign that dominated media discussion of the election for months.  This book allowed me to change careers, devoting full-time to writing about politics for a national audience.