by Paul M. Sailer

Welcome to the website for author Paul Sailer's books: I Had a Comrade: Stories about the bravery, comradeship, and commitment of individual participants in the Second World War  and The Oranges are Sweet: Major Don M. Beerbower and the 353rd Fighter Squadron - November 1942 to August 1944.

Special Announcements

Congratulations to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, for selling more copies of our books in 2017 than any other museum, gift or bookstore. 

When you order I Had a Comrade and/or The Oranges are Sweet from us the books will come double-wrapped, autographed and mailed at no cost to you. History is not dull when it contains engaging, in-depth, true stories about the fascinating young people of the war years. Certainly there is something we can learn from them. Order today!

Book Clubs: See the About Us tab for details on special rates.


Book Quality

We think you will appreciate the quality workmanship and materials that have gone into I Had a Comrade and The Oranges are Sweet.

  • Dust Jacket - Embossed lettering with rich colors and original artwork
  • Hardcover - Gold foil imprint and 100% natural cotton Arrestox B cloth
  • Paper - over 400 pages of coated paper for precise imagery
  • Binding - Smythe sewn for maximum durability
  • Imagery - Over 200 color and b/w photographs, illustrations, and images spaced throughout the books
  • Maps - Eleven full color, detailed maps    



Chairman Tom Schellinger, a retired Northwest Orient Airlines captain, said of Sailer’s  book about Minnesota’s highest scoring fighter pilot in World War II, “The Oranges are Sweet is a wonderful reliving of the life of Major Don M. Beerbower. . . . ​It goes far beyond the combat aspect of the war and delves into the human aspect of just what goes into making a true patriot.”

Paul Sailer named 2012 Writer of the Year by the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

I Had a Comrade and The Oranges are Sweet