Public Information

Coming of age during the Korean War
December 5, 2016
Votes: 0
Audience Adult
Word Count 120-140k (pretty long)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by David Aretha
Published Through Frogworks Publishing
Displayed & sold at Barnes & Noble
Scheduled for Review on April 10, 2017

Author’s Summary

Freshly minted infantryman, twenty-year-old Wylie Cypher, arrives in war torn Korea in 1952. Every indication is that he has limited chances for survival. As an enemy bomber looms overhead, he prays that he can survive a sixteen-month tour of duty without, as his sergeant says, getting his ass shot off.

Wylie is recruited to join the staff of a Division Public Information Office (PIO) where he reports on many aspects of the conflict. He uses his infantry training in bloody combat, makes many colorful new friends, learns how to maneuver through the military system, finds love and loss, and grows up in the turmoil of combat and the war’s aftermath.

Veterans have hailed the story as accurate, believable, touching, funny, and “the way it really was.” The story is based on the author’s experiences, careful historical research, and the 300 letters he sent his future wife from Korea. He touches on prisoner of war experiences on both sides of the DMZ, the armistice, realistic scenes of combat, the many United Nations forces engaged in the war, and poignant and funny aspects of military service.

The second edition of the book includes recently disclosed information, and scenes and observations drawn from the comments of many veteran readers. The book is dedicated to the dwindling number of men and women who risked their lives to preserve democracy in South Korea.


The Korean War is often forgotten in the overlay of conflict in the twentieth century. “Public Information” is a novel from Rolf Margenau writing of Wylie Cypher, a man whose entry into the military in 1952 finds him ending up in the Korean conflict. As he travels the region, he learns much about the world, the army’s brotherhood, and life. “Public Information” is a fine read well worth considering for historical fiction collections. John Burroughs, Reviewer – Midwest Book Review

“The sense of place he (Margenau) creates is strong and true. He also ably fleshes out his supporting characters and brings the disparate elements of his plot to a satisfactory conclusion.” Publishers Weekly

“Modern Candide. Warm and funny. Veterans and adult readers love it.” The New York Review of Books



Short Description

Second edition of best selling war novel–incorporates veterans’ comments and new historical information. Young man comes of age during bloody combat and aftermath of war. Accurate history, engaging story, the bad and the good, warm and funny.


CANDIDE meets MASH. Coming of age during the Korean War


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