Alumni Authors: Educational Books, Novels, and ‘Breaking Iraq’

| March 7, 2013

Publishing news from  Webster University alumni includes:


Shanna Foster Philipson, who received her BFA from Webster University in St. Louis in 1992, is the creator, illustrator and author of “The Beaker Kids,” an education book series.

Designed for therapists, social workers, teachers and families, “The Beaker Kids” teaches a powerful, fun, disarming metaphor that encourages productive communication about two tough topics: sensory and emotional feelings.

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Amy Spaulding ’04 had her first novel, The Reece Malcolm List, published in February by Entangled Publishing. The novel is described as “an inviting story of upheaval, fractured mother-daughter love (and hate), new friends, new boys and musical theater.”

Spaulding grew up in St. Louis but now lives Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film-advertising agency. Amy studied long-form improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and can be seen performing around L.A. Visit Amy at and follow her on Twitter @theames.”

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“Breaking Iraq”

Teddy Spain ’81, retired colonel, U.S. Army, co-wrote Breaking Iraq: The Ten Mistakes that Broke Iraq to be released March 19, the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq, by History Publishing Co. The co-writer is Terry Turchie, retired deputy assistant director, FBI.

“I was the Commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade, and in the book I reveal my personal involvement in the prewar planning, the invasion and the first year of the occupation,” says Spain. “The forward was written by Tom Ricks.” (Ricks is a Pulitzer-Prize winner and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post).

The publisher describes the book as “the unvarnished account of a brigade commander’s tour of duty in Baghdad during the first chaotic year of the American occupation following the 2003 invasion. What went wrong and what was wrong with the U.S. military is closely examined.”

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