I pointed out earlier this week that local have ignored the success of State Senator Frank Antenori's book Roughneck Nine-One. The book has received national attention and was described as "one of the best first person memoirs of the Iraq war." You would think that the local media would provide some coverage as the book made its way oup the charts.
One reader pointed out that at least one paper hasn't completely ignored the book, the Star's Daniel Scarpinato mentioned the book as part of a candidate profile during Antenori's 2006 congressional run. Golly, for some reason the article is no longer on the Star's website.
Now, Antenori — who's been in the race for months — is garnering some national attention for his book "Roughneck Nine-One," a narrative of his experience in Iraq during the beginning of the U.S. conflict there in 2003. The book hit major bookstores on Memorial Day, and Antenori already is scheduled to promote it on Fox News and MSNBC later this month. The East Side resident's run for office is reflective of a well-publicized national phenomenon, as the first of the Iraq war veterans take stabs at running for Congress. Unlike Antenori, many of those other candidates scattered across the country are Democrats. Antenori's book focuses on a critical battle he was involved in during the onset of the war in Iraq in 2003. His Special Forces A-team, whose call sign was Roughneck Nine-One, had been assigned to block a highway in northern Iraq that served as a supply route for Iraqi army equipment.