"Life, Liberty & Resilience was one of the more thought-provoking books I have ever read on the subject of WWII and segregation. Steffan Tubbs provides an educational and behind-the-scenes look at topics we should never forget."
—Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver
"In “Unbroken” Laura Hillenbrand gives profound testimony to a man’s resilience in the face of unthinkable odds. In “Life, Liberty and Resilience,” Steffan Tubbs captures the struggles of one man and, perhaps more importantly, tens of thousands of African –Americans who nobly served their country despite racism and challenges unthinkable to most."
—Torie Clark, former Asst. Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; served in three Republican Presidential Administrations
"I bought your book as a Christmas present for my husband. He loved it and read it in no time. Amazing, engrossing, engaging book! What an amazing bunch of young men: husbands, brothers, fathers. Blows my mind. It is smart, sensitive, educational a great read!"
"Finished the book... incredible story. Well done! Can’t wait to see that documentary. Not only [does Steffan Tubbs] have the capacity to experience the kinds of emotions [he does], but also [has] the talent to capture those emotions and the incredible journey for the enjoyment/enlightenment of others... it was a great read... thank you for writing the book!"
—Brian, San Diego
"I just finished your book. I have to say I enjoyed it fully. Being in the military myself I couldn't imagine it being any harder than it already is, let alone in a segregated force. I'm glad I was able to read it, I think it's extremely honorable that you shared his story and did as much as you did for him. Great job."
—Arik, McChord AFB, Washington
"I really enjoyed reading LIFE, LIBERTY & RESILIENCE. The power of the book is wrapped in World War II and also tackles the struggle of race relations and the growth of our country's ability to slowly accept ALL Americans. [The] story is one no one should miss."
—Carol, Ft. Collins
"Joe LaNier's story is inspirational, patriotic and uplifting. It's proof positive that an American of any color or background - given the kind of character, courage and tenacity that Joe displayed in and out of military uniform - can succeed and flourish. Steffan Tubbs captures and presents this story in a warm and easily-readable style that will keep you turning pages."
—Capt. Dale Dye USMC (Ret), Military Consultant and Actor, Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, JFK and HBO's Band of Brothers
"Steffan Tubbs recreates a fascinating—and disturbing—time in American history through the segregated eyes of Seabee Joe LaNier. Well researched, superbly written, and greatly recommended."
—Mike Yorkey, author of more than seventy-five books, including Believe, the story of paralyzed football player Eric LeGrand
"The way we are is a big improvement over the way we were. Especially for those whose experience with history begins well after the civil rights movement accomplished most of its goals, this is a moving, inspirational account of one patriotic African-American's journey through life surmounting racial injustice." —Mike Rosen, talk show host, 850 KOA Denver
"The most rewarding part of my writing The Admirals has been hearing from so many of the fleeting number of America’s greatest generation who did the frequently unsung work that led to victory in World War II. In Life, Liberty & Resilience, Steffan Tubbs has told a gripping tale of one man’s courage and perseverance to triumph over prejudice and adversity and serve his country. Joe LaNier is an American hero and Tubbs deserves high praise for telling his story."
—Walter R. Borneman, author of The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King—The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
"I love to read but just don’t take the time to sit down with a good book often. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I had a hard time setting it down once I got into the story... for me segregation was really only something I read about. Thanks for opening my eyes... and educating me at the same time."
"This is an excellent book. Very well written and gives a real historical look into an ordinary man who was determined to not let his circumstances beat him down. He did not overcome by violence and rage but rather by the wonderful principles of determination, hard work and keeping his eyes on the goal. I was deeply moved and motivated by the story."