• Welcome to the 2014 Website of Dick and Peggy Toliver!

    We are delighted to have you visit our website to learn about our two published books. Please note that it is OUR website because my wife, Peggy, had a significant part in the completion of both books. She patiently read, critiqued, and edited every chapter of each book, sometimes repeatedly, to ensure I stayed on point. Her contribution has been priceless. Peggy has also been my confidant, partner, and supporter of my book ministry since the publication of my first book.

    After an incredible journey, including fifty-two years of marriage, a twenty-six year Air Force career, successfully raising a family, and twenty-five years of post-retirement living, we are privileged to share some of our life’s experiences. These lessons are reflected in synopses of An Uncaged Eagle and WOMAN – A Godly Creation later on in the website.

    These books were written to inspire and motivate you, our readers, to seek the freedom we have been blessed to find – the freedom to create, dream, forgive, love unconditionally, and to pursue the life our Great Creator meant for us to have. We trust you will be excited and inspired enough to order the books to get the rest of the stories.

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  • Woman - A Godly Creation

    New From Bestselling Author Richard Toliver....

    WOMAN – A Godly Creation is an inspirational and motivational book written to encourage women of all ages to better appreciate their God-given creative greatness. The book provides historical evidence as the basis for women everywhere to believe firmly in their unique self-worth. Further, it offers girls and women of today practical and spiritual tools to navigate through the persistent challenges they face in a male-dominated world. The pervasive message throughout this book should inspire women to shake off the shackles that may keep them a victim of the past injustices.

    Clearly, the global roles of women have changed dramatically during the past fifty years. Accordingly, their accomplishments, performance, and rise in prominence should be celebrated,honored, and revered throughout the world. This book highlights such women engaged in multiple disciplines such as aviation, education, medicine, the military, politics, and science. WOMAN – A Godly Creation is dedicated to women worldwide who faithfully and graciously stand firm in their greatness regardless of any adversity they may face.

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  • An Uncaged Eagle: True Freedom

    More from Richard Toliver and Saguaro Publishing....

    An Uncaged Eagle is an historical and inspirational memoir that focuses on victory over adversity – the path to True Freedom. The book presents a powerful message of hope for anyone who has encountered great difficulties, and it helps the reader deal with unresolved issues in his or her life. It is especially inspiring to those who have encountered crippling emotional, mental, or physical traumas at an early age. The true-life stories can serve as an encouragement to anyone regardless of race, creed, gender, or national origin.

    The book can serve as a model of determination and perseverance regardless of the difficulties faced in one’s life. Ultimately, An Uncaged Eagle provides a roadmap for achieving forgiveness and restoration in the most difficult broken relationships. The book chronicles Colonel Toliver’s life from the dirt streets of Shreveport, LA to interacting with the King of Saudi Arabia, Ross Perot, and Coretta Scott King. It highlights a 26-year Air Force career punctuated by a two tours in Southeast Asia, 446 combat missions, and a life-changing experience at 20,000 feet.

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WOMAN - A Godly Creation

WOMAN – A Godly Creation is an inspirational and motivational book written to encourage women of all ages to better appreciate their God-given creative greatness. The book provides historical evidence as the basis for women everywhere to believe firmly in their unique self-worth. Further, it offers girls and women of today practical and spiritual tools to navigate through the persistent challenges they face in a male-dominated world. The pervasive message throughout this book should inspire women to shake off the shackles that may keep them a victim of the past injustices.

Clearly, the global roles of women have changed dramatically during the past fifty years. Accordingly, their accomplishments, performance, and rise in prominence should be celebrated,honored, and revered throughout the world. This book highlights such women engaged in multiple disciplines such as aviation, education, medicine, the military, politics, and science. WOMAN – A Godly Creation is dedicated to women worldwide who faithfully and graciously stand firm in their greatness regardless of any adversity they may face.

 

 

 
 

An Uncaged Eagle

An Uncaged Eagle is an historical and inspirational memoir that focuses on victory over adversity – the path to True Freedom. The book presents a powerful message of hope for anyone who has encountered great difficulties, and it helps the reader deal with unresolved issues in his or her life. It is especially inspiring to those who have encountered crippling emotional, mental, or physical traumas at an early age. The true-life stories can serve as an encouragement to anyone regardless of race, creed, gender, or national origin.

The book can serve as a model of determination and perseverance regardless of the difficulties faced in one’s life. Ultimately, An Uncaged Eagle provides a roadmap for achieving forgiveness and restoration in the most difficult broken relationships. The book chronicles Colonel Toliver’s life from the dirt streets of Shreveport, LA to interacting with the King of Saudi Arabia, Ross Perot, and Coretta Scott King. It highlights a 26-year Air Force career punctuated by a two tours in Southeast Asia, 446 combat missions, and a life-changing experience at 20,000 feet.

 

 

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Book Reviews - An Uncaged Eagle

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  • “Dick’s autobiography, An Uncaged Eagle is an inspiring saga of victory over adversity. His personal struggle and eventual freedom serve as a roadmap for anyone who feels trapped by life’s circumstances. The lessons Dick learned have relevance for every generation, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, or religion. The pervasive thread throughout Dick’s life is his faith in God, love of family, and compassion for those less fortunate than himself. For nearly forty-seven years, Dick and his wife, Peggy, embraced such faith to raise a dozen children by birth, adoption, and foster care. Of his many successes in life, I know he considers this his greatest accomplishment. I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Dick Toliver for over sixteen years. It is my privilege to present him to you as an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, great American patriot, and my friend.”

    Ross Perot
    Founder and CEO The Perot Group
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  • “Dick Toliver has delivered once again and in a very significant way. An Uncaged Eagle is an extraordinary document that not only portrays the story of Dick’s life; but that of many African Americans who grew up in the South and traveled this road into the military. During his childhood and throughout his life, he always beat the odds and came out on top. This is just another example of his audacity, strength, and commitment to his purpose in life. Dick Toliver and his family are clear examples of how to turn adversity into success and make the American dream come true. His love of God, country, and family is not negotiable. I know of no one more committed to the freedoms we enjoy and our way of life than Dick Toliver. I would follow him anywhere, anytime. An Uncaged Eagle is a must read.”

    Lloyd “Fig” Newton, General, USAF, Retired
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  • This “Red Hot” extraordinary story of Colonel Richard “Dick” Toliver’s unabashed expressions of crucial events in his life is a compelling and energizing read. Through disappointments and hardships, he never gave up and held onto his fierce determination to fly airplanes. He faced ugly racism and rejection, yet through an ultimate commitment to faith, he became more than a conqueror. His 446 combat missions over Southeast Asia justified more than his “wings” in the Air Force. Today, Colonel Dick Toliver is the most dynamic motivating speaker, writer, and teacher I have ever known.

    Chaplain Bobby C. Black
    Colonel, USAF, Retired
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  • This is a great book about a young cocky, self-assured fighter pilot who knew God but only wanted Him as a co-pilot. But Dick experienced God in a very special way and decided to let Him file the flight plan and be the pilot of his life

    Bill E. Hooten / Retired Businessman Elder, Hoffmantown Church Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • I met Colonel Toliver in the Burbank Airport...I love true stories, I love stories of people overcoming adversity and I love a story of perseverance and faith in the midst of civil rights, Vietnam, and more...He is a wonderful man and soldier ,... you will go on his life journey with him...through his life-long battles against prejudice, and his deep love for his country, and his family. I am honored to have shaken his hand and really loved this book!

    MarineRunner "RutgersMarine" (South Carolina)
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  • Starting out dirt-poor in Louisiana, Dick Toliver clawed his way upward through life to become a decorated fighter pilot with two F-4 tours in Viet Nam. Along the way he gained a loving, very patient wife, acquired an engineering degree, raised a loyal family, reached out to others in need, stood face-to-face with his own personal demons, and prevailed. His inspiring story keeps you reading from the beginning to the end.

    The Late Donn A. Byrnes Colonel USAF, Retired Author of BLACKBIRD RISING - Birth of An Aviation Legend and AIR SUPERIORITY BLUE - The F-15 Story An Uncaged Eagle
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Book Reviews
Woman - A Godly Creation

  • “In a time marked by doubt and disillusionment, Woman-A Godly Creation offers a path to restoration and hope. Important women in Dick Toliver’s life have opened his eyes to the many female virtues, and he brings his experience to life in his latest work. Be prepared to recognize and embrace this greatness through many historic and present day examples in these inspired pages."

    Dr. Charlene E. McGee Smith, PhD. Author and Educator
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  • “As a man, husband, father, and grandfather, Colonel Richard Toliver really “gets” women. His inspirational message can serve to empower young women to love themselves, set high goals, and believe that they should never allow themselves to be treated with less than the respect that they deserve. This book will also serve as a valuable resource for parents, educators, and anyone who facilitates the growth of young women.”

    Louise J. Privette, MC, NCSP School Psychologist
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  • “WOMAN – A Godly Creation is written with great respect and honor for women of all ages and all nationalities. It is a wonderful guide for men who seek discipline in their lives with their relationships to God and their families. It also will help men understand more about the complexities of women, and the acclaim women have achieved through their work, compassion and devotion to humanity.”

    Tony Rose, Publisher, Amber Books, 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature
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  • “Profound and valuable; every woman deserves a copy of this book!”

    Sarah Whitmore Financial Planning Executive
  • “Richard Toliver has enlightened and illuminated the greatness of women in this book and brought this quality to the forefront in multiple, exciting passages. As teachers and educators, we have the Divine purpose of being on the front line of instilling in young minds self-worth and an awareness of their greatness. This book is a great teaching tool and should be added to every high school library.

    Shirley Tolbert Jones Retired Teacher Prince William County Public Schools, Dumfries, VA
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  • “This is an extraordinary, well-written, descriptive book. You will be greatly inspired by examples of heartbreaking adversity and suffering, followed by amazing recoveries and successful personal and professional achievements. Dick Toliver lets you live vicariously through his eyes with a riveting mix of adventure and spiritual convictions.”

    Major General Irene Trowell-Harris / Retired Veteran of United States Air Force and Air National Guard
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Books Written by Richard Toliver

Saguaro Publishing company presents...

The Tolivers created Saguaro Publishing Company in 2009 for the release of Dick’s first self-published book, AN UNCAGED EAGLE. Another Estrella-based small business company was recruited to navigate successfully through the requirements necessary for self-publishing. The company is registered in Goodyear, AZ and has conducted business throughout Arizona, the United States, and overseas.

An Uncaged Eagle

WOMAN - A Godly Creation

 

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"Profound and valuable every woman deserves a copy of this book."

WOMAN - A Godly Creation

Scores of others have written books about the greatness of women, so what makes this book different? I humbly offer the following:

God used women to instruct me and to reveal many of the things I needed to know to be a total person. Although I grew up without a father’s guiding hand, women pointed me to the greatest “Father” of all—God. What I missed from the absence of an earthly dad, God worked through women to teach me how to appreciate, love, and to respect a woman. They taught me how to be a real man.

The majority of this book focuses on women; however, I hope that men will also accept the challenge to be all that God created them to be in support of women. It is my fervent hope that those who read this book will be motivated to reach out to the women in their lives and let them know how much they are appreciated and loved. This is my hope for my daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters. It is my hope for a better world.



AN UNCAGED EAGLE - Soaring With Eagles

Throughout the history, the cry and quest for freedom have been documented and characterized in every way possible. But such presentations failed to illuminate us regarding the path to true freedom. As a war-scarred veteran, I know that freedom is not free! America’s history is replete with evidence of this fact. For example, over the last 100 years nearly 40 million men and women have served in the U. S. Armed Services all over the globe. Over 625,000 have paid the ultimate price during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and other conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 142,000 have been captured and imprisoned; nearly 93,000 are still unaccounted for; and over 1,155,000 have been wounded in action. Despite these astounding and noble sacrifices, the collective and individual freedom has not been assured. The truth is, even the greatest sacrifices of mere mortals cannot liberate the imprisoned and the oppressed. God is the only one who can provide freedom and peace for the soul. Thus, this book was written to inspire and motivate those who seek the freedom I have been blessed to find – the freedom to create, dream, live, love, strive and to experience a life for which each of us was created.

About The Author

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Richard Toliver retired from the Air Force as a Colonel after twenty-six years of dedicated service, including two combat tours in Southeast Asia. He is a protégé of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, where he was mentored, trained, and commissioned under their tutelage. Colonel Toliver has been married for over fifty-one years to the former Margaret A. Hairston of Baltimore, Maryland. The Tolivers have two great grandchildren, thirteen grandchildren and eight adult children, five of which are adopted or part of the family through acceptance, commitment, and love.

As a father, grandfather, great grandfather, and combat veteran, Dick’s goal is to seek out and eradicate the commonly held myth that women are less than men. He hopes to inspire women to believe in their God-given greatness infused in them at the moment of their conception. Colonel Toliver continues to be in demand as a motivational speaker in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

 

Press Releases

Iraq - November 2005

At the invitation of Lt Gen Walter E. Buchanan III, Commander, 9th Air Force and US Central Command Air Forces, five Tuskegee Airmen recently visited the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) at Balad AB, Iraq. Along the way, they visited Ramstein AB, Germany; Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait; and Moron AB, Spain. The team included two Airmen from the Phoenix area: Lt. Col (Ret) Robert Ashby, one of the first African American airline Captains and Col (Ret) Richard Toliver, a “second generation” Tuskegee Airman and Vietnam Veteran. The others were Lt. Col (Ret) Lee A. Archer, Jr., the only confirmed African American Ace in aviation history; MSgt (Ret) James A. Sheppard, a crew chief of the original 332nd Watson, Sr., a renowned supply sergeant of the same unit

The purpose of the visit was to inspire and motivate troops currently at the 332nd AEW deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. The visitors also wanted to see first-hand the continuation of the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen of the famed 332nd Fighter Group stationed at Ramitelli, Italy during WW II.

The Legend Continues
Tuskeege Airmen

Kadena, Japan - January 2009

Stars and Stripes

 

In F-15 Cockpit, Kadena, Japan
January 2009

New York City - April 2010

C-SPAN2 BookTV

 

BookTV.org

Phoenix, AZ - January 2012

Arizona Horizon

 

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Chandler, AZ - July 2012

The National Exchange Club

 

One Nation Under God Speaker - July 2012
America's Service Club

Biloxi, MS - February 2013

Keesler Air Force Base

 


Phoenix, AZ, - July 2013

Chinese Canadian-Historic Summit

 

Tuskegee Airmen to Meet Chinese Canadian Historic Summit
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Vancouver, Canada - July 2013

Dragon Tales and the Red Tails

 

Memorial Service, Chinatown Railway Workers and Veterans Memorial
Vancouver, BC

Fort Lauderdale, FL - January 2014

Westside Gazette

 

American Hero Colonel Richard "Dick" Toliver shares his life story during MLK festivities
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Las Vegas, NV - February 2014

Las Vegas Sun

 


Shreveport, LA - April 2014

Booker T. Washington High School