In advance of a gala Book and Author Luncheon, scheduled for October 22, 2011, the Library Club of Menard, Inc. is offering Rudder: From Leader to Legend by Dr. Thomas Hatfield for a donation to the library club’s operating fund. The Library Club of Menard, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.For your copy please contact Danese Murray, Librarian, Menard Public Library, at 325.396.2717. The book is available in two editions: (1) the general hardbound copy is available for a tax-free donation of $30.00; the limited edition (300 copies) is available for a donation of $150.00, also tax-free. The limited, leather-bound, slip-cased edition will be available on request and as supply lasts at the publisher.Rudder: From Leader to Legend has been praised across the nation. Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor, PBS NEWSHOUR had this to say:“This is the extraordinary story of Earl Rudder, a man who came from nowhere to everywhere — from small town West Texas to the greatest and deadliest battlefields of World War II, back to state politics and government, and finally, on to the mission of turning Texas A&M into a great university. Tom Hatfield tells the story superbly with the detail and compassion required to assure that Earl Rudder and this book about him will never be forgotten.”THOMAS M. HATFIELD is the director of the Military History Institute in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on World War II and previously served as an academic dean for thirty years. The former president of two colleges, he is also an internationally recognized scholar on World War II.