A Note from Dr. Lew Carlson


(October 2013)
Lewis H. Carlson now lives nine months a year in Austin, Texas, and three months in Ludington, MI. He continues to teach an online course on American culture course for WMU. His email address is

Since his retirement in 1999 Professor Carlson has published several books:
Lakeway: A Hill Country Community. Helena, MT: Sweetgrass Books, 2011.
Van Gogh’s Right Ear: Dissonant Chords for the Progeny: A Memoir. New York: iUniverse, 2010.
With William Shadish, When Hell Froze Over: The Memoir of a Korean War Combat Physician Who Spent 1010 Days in a Communist Prison Camp. New York: iUniverse, 2007.
With Della Adams, An American Dream: The Life of an African American Soldier and POW Who Spent Twelve Years in Communist China. University of Massachusetts Press, 2007.
With Alexander Jefferson, Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: The Memoirs of a World War II Tuskegee Airman and POW. NY: Fordham University Press, 2005.
With Angelo Spinelli, Life Behind Barbed Wire: The Secret World War II Photographs of Prisoner of War Angelo Spinelli. NY: Fordham University Press, 2004.
With Richard M. Bassett, And the Wind Blew Cold: The Story of an American POW in North Korea, Kent State University Press, 2002
Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War: An Oral History of Korean War POWs. NY: St. Martin's Press, 2002 (paperback edition, 2003)
We Were Each Other's Prisoners: An Oral History of World War II American and German Prisoners of War. NY: Basic Books, 1997 (paperback edition, 1998)

His recreational time is spent on the pristine trout waters of northern Michigan and points west and in the Lone Star Republic, where he eats Mexican food, admires the wit and writings of the late Molly Ivins and the still upright Kinky Friedman.


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