Beloved Patriot Author Donn de Grand Pre Influenced Generations
Former Defense Department, Pentagon insider worked tirelessly to uncover, publish the truth
By the staff of American Free Press
Col. Donn de Grand Pre (Army, retired) will live in the hearts of generations yet unborn because his pen was mightier than his sword, but his eternal soul has ascended, we are sure, to Heaven. Col. Grand Pre died on January 24 at his Virginia farm.
He was raised on a farm in North Dakota, but left to join the Army at 18. In the 1950s, Grand Pre advanced to the higher levels of the military.
Grand Pre served in Burma and China during World War II and was twice wounded while commanding troops in Korea. His status as a war hero added credibility to his argument, reflected in numerous books, that wars are fought for profit, not patriotism. He had valuable insights into this subject due to his unique position in the Department of Defense. In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara appointed Grand Pre director for ground weapons systems in the newly created office of International Logistics Negotiations, responsible for negotiating sales contracts with heads of foreign nations for military weapons systems.
The Washington Post Magazine said of Grand Pre on Sept. 30, 1979: “If you had been a Middle Eastern ruler in the 1970s in search of American weapons systems, you would have called Donn de Grand Pre: Pentagon arms peddler.”
He is best known for his “Barbarians Inside the Gates” trilogy, featuring The Serpent’s Sting, The Viper’s Venom and The Rattler’s Revenge, where he made a strong case against war.
Other volumes include his semi-autobiographical novels, The Boys From Bent Willow, Look Homeward Cowboy and his candid, non-fiction memoir, Confessions of an Arms Peddler. His books are available
from his widow, Ursula at P.O. Box 1124, Reva, VA. 22727.
In addition to his published works, Grand Pre was a popular figure on talk radio. Grand Pre argued powerfully that an international elite manipulates high finance and other levers of power for the ultimate purpose of establishing a world government—a New World Order.
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(Issue # 6, February 9, 2009)