The sad life and tragic murder of René Descartes,
the world’s most famous philosopher
by Andrew Pessin
Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher?
Turns out: nearly everyone.
The feminine spirit of the West comes alive in early twentieth century Montana.
by Milana Marsenich
Set in the Copper Camp of Butte, Montana in 1917, Copper Sky tells the story of two women with opposite lives. Kaly Shane, mired in prostitution, struggles to
In 1649, Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Though he was the world’s leading philosopher, his life had by this point fallen apart. He was 53, penniless, living in exile in Amsterdam, alone. With much trepidation but not much choice, he arrived in Stockholm in mid-October.
find a safe home for her unborn child. Marika Lailich, a Slavic immigrant, dodges a pre-ar-ranged marriage to become a doctor. As their paths cross, and they become unlikely friends, neither woman knows the family secret that ties them together.
"Copper Sky is a riveting story of darkness and redemption, rising from the ashes of two fiery tragedies in Butte, Montana. Marsenich creates two heroines whose great losses lead them ever closer to truth. And as their stories unfold, the Butte of one hundred years ago startles to full and undeniable life." -- Phil Condon, author of Clay Center, Montana Surround, and Nine Ten Again
World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin's courage, and another's determination to help a wounded American pilot.
In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him,
the America npilot’s odds of survival are slim.
Jasmine Bai, an art student who had been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.
With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered.
Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.
father is killed by a US drone attack near the Afghan border, their cross-cultural family descends into conflicting ideas of loyalty, justice, identity, revenge, and terrorism. With candor, beauty, and unusual insight, their story reveals both how decent people can justify horrific acts, and the emotional power required to heal.
As long as I reside in their minds and hearts, I will never truly be gone.
The devastation caused by World War II is described by historians in terms of military strategies and battles, the toll on economics, and
the numbers of dead. But only the stories of those whose lives were changed or lost, can convey the true horror of the war. These were people very much like ourselves—men, women, children, siblings, poets, soldiers, students, professionals, laborers, givers, takers, jokers, dancers, lovers, dreamers, cowards and brave.
Like all of us, they want to be heard. They want to be understood. Most of all…they want to be remembered.
Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle...
In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends'
In the summer of 1945, both airmen’s planes go down in Yunnan Province of China during one of many daring missions. They are captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the Japanese for information about the atomic bomb. Just days before the end of WWII, Danny makes an irrevocable decision to save Birch's life.
For Birch, surviving the war is only the beginning of the battle. He must deal with the dreadful reality in China—the civil war, the separation of the country, the death of one friend in the Communist-controlled Mainland and another under the Nationalist government, and his wrongful imprisonment in Taiwan.
From Chungking to Yunnan, and from Taiwan to San Francisco, the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger takes readers along on an epic journey.
Veterinarian Alphonse Vallerone dreams out this novel of dreamers dreaming, going back 50 years to the day after the Flood, when he assisted the surviving Indians. Riding from one devastated ranch to another, he tends to the surviving yet devastated animals and tries to mend the grief wrought by the Flood.
Underpinned by the lingering and harsh reminders of the Blackfeet Nation’s heroic, tragic, and vibrant past, Gustafson’s third novel chronicles the heartrending drama of the Blackfeet people.
Heartbeats will quite literally "warm your heart...
Heartbeats is a light-hearted memoir of one of the pioneers in modern cardiac surgery, Constantine "Dino" Tatooles, M.D. Dino's stories, as told to his brother James E. Tatooles, will quite literally "warm your heart" as well as provide a background to the advances in cardiac surgery made over the past fifty years.
Ironically, Dr. Tatooles recently had some difficult medicine of his own to swallow when he discovered that he needed a quintuple bypass. As his brother James E. Tatooles relates in Heartbeats, a procedure that Dino helped to develop eventually saved his life.
The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City andAmericans Who Lived There
by Jayne R. Boisvert
An easy-to-use guide devoted to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, restaurants, as well as short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans who spent time living la belle vie in the French capit
Stunning beauties, elaborate sets, and captivating song-and-dance numbers. Forget Hollywood. Hindi cinema—otherwise known as Bollywood—is the world’s largest film industry with an estimated 3.6 billion tickets sold annually across the globe.
The story of Satan's many struggles, across the history of Human existence, to unshackle the Human mind, and open the gates to forbidden knowledge.
From the moment of his first emergence as a single spark in the dimness of prehistory, to the more
enlightening force into which he evolves across the full span of human existence, Satan, as he now clearly illustrates, has been urging human beings to open their eyes to the world around them, and to continue seeking, with unfettered minds, for ultimate answers, yet to be found.
The Soulful Leader: Success with Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D. with Jim Crystal
The Soulful Leader provides poignant and practical examples of Dr. Ciaramicoli's ground-breaking AIE (authenticity, integrity and empathy) leadership platform for leaders in all industries to help them successfully optimize the potential of employees.
A how-to guide for new and experienced collectors, How to Collect Great Art on a Shoestring explores the unique opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind works for $2000 or $3000 by hundreds of mostly forgotten yet startlingly good artists who are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Met, among many other museums.
In Chechnya: The Inside Story historian and former advisor to the president of Chechnya, Mairbek Vatchagaev chronicles the dramatic events that took place in Chechnya during the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Engaged on one side of the Russian-Chechen conflict, he presents what he witnessed, how he
AIE leadership produces an environment where staff members grow to respect each other while producing on the highest possible level.
Dr. Ciaramicoli has developed this approach during 35 years of consulting with and counseling leaders in business, education, politics, and on athletic teams. His pioneering approach offers new promise to a society struggling with fear and doubt about those in powerful positions.
Foreword by Brian Kelly, Notre Dame football coach
Culled from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Bar Jonah, dozens of others who either knew or were involved with him, Montana State investigators and prosecutors, and Zach Ramsay’s mother, Espy retells Bar Jonah’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were harmed by him in unparalleled detail and scope.
Laughing in the Dark
by Susan Swartz
Three longtime friends go on their annual lake camp-out in Northern California to eat and drink, skinny dip and whoop into the night when the subject turns to death. What do you want to do before you die? What will you wear to your funeral? Who will do your makeup?
It gets darker back home as Jude fears she’s developing her mother’s dementia and starts to stash pills, research suicide and withdraw from her friends. Before the next camping trip each woman’s life is turned upside down, along with her faith in the future and her friends in a year of suspicions, infidelity, the latest in California dying styles, the politics of assisted suicide along with debates on why breasts are not boobs and what wine to have with your last meal. Because, what better way to deal with the absurdity and certainty of mortality than to cry and laugh with your best friends?
The Year of the Return
by Nathaniel Popkin
Set against the backdrop of 1976 Philadelphia, The Year of the Return follows the path of two families, the Jewish Silks and African American Johnsons, as they are first united by marriage and then by grief, turmoil, and the difficult task of trying to live in an America failing to live up to its ideals.
Paul Silk and Charlene Johnson are journalists whose love for each other and commitment to social justice were formed in the peace movements of the 1960s. But the idealism of that era leads to the urban deterioration of the 1970s. Mayor Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia is a place of crime, white flight, and class resentment that is inhospitable to their interracial marriage, forcing them to move away. But when Charlene dies of cancer, Paul returns. Unmoored and unable to let go of Charlene, he wades back into the lives of the two families, with the hope of helping Charlene's younger brother Monte, once a prodigy and now a troubled veteran of the Vietnam War. Their explosive reunion leads to the baring of personal revelations and dangerous secrets.
The Year of the Return is a vivid story of families trying to reconnect with and support each other through trauma and loss, and a meditation on the possibility of moving on to a better future.
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Dr. Espy retells the suspected serial killer’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were
A Parasite in the Mind (Book Two of the Bar Jonah Trilogy)
by John E. Espy, Ph.D.
Considered an expert in the area of psychopathic behavior, Dr. Espy has interviewed more than 30 serial murderers throughout the world including Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Eddie Gein.
But when he was assigned to be the lead evaluator for Montana State Prison inmate Nathaneal Bar Jonah, an already once convicted.
Weighing over 375 pounds, Bar Jonah worked as a short order cook at Hardy’s, carried a stun gun, impersonated police officers, told masterful lies, wrote unbreakable codes, cooked and shared with friends strange-tasting chili and spaghetti sauces, and was thought by Montana State detectives to have murdered and cannibalized at least one victim, 10-year-old Zach Ramsay.
Consider the Feast
by Carmit Delman
New York City is obsessed with food. Especially in the streets of The Quarter, every imaginable delicacy is made and devoured, every unspeakable hunger is fulfilled.
Talia, a recent divorcee, comes to The Quarter to be reborn. She discovers fresh purpose in the sensual pleasures there, and a possible new
The Singing Bones recounts the life and times of eighteenth century polymath and explorer Georg Wilhelm Steller, the first European naturalist to visit Alaska.
The first to propose that America was originally peopled by migrants from Siberia, Steller was aboard the packet boat St. Peter commanded by Vitus Bering on the Second Great Northern Expedition sponsored by the Russian Admiralty to determine if Asia and North America were connected by land or separated by a sea. When St. Peter was wrecked on Bering Island in what was later named the Bering Sea, Steller cured the survivors, who were marooned and dying of scurvy, while making remarkable discoveries in natural history. He was first to describe the behavior and biology of the northern fur seal and Steller's sea lion, and his descriptions of the whale-sized Steller's sea cow and spectacled cormorant (both now extinct) are all we know about these exquisite creatures as living beings.
The castaways eventually built a small vessel from the St. Peter's wreckage and sailed back to Kamchatka in autumn 1742, where Stellar continued his explorations, in part while living with the indigenous Itelmen people.
A blend of narrative adventure and biography, this historical first-person novel chronicles the professional visions and conflicted life of a deeply fascinating, flawed, and courageous man who devoted everything to advancing the frontiers of science and improving the lives of the native Siberians.
The Ballet Lover exposes the beauty and cruelty of the ballet world.
As the orchestra plays the first ominous note of Swan Lake, Geneva, an American journalist and ballet lover, waits for the heart-stopping beauty and seduction of the romantic duet to start, but instead she witnesses Rudolf Nureyev failing to catch his Russian partner Natalia Makarova. The Ballet
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love. But eventually she finds herself face to face with the darkness under its surface—in both the privileged patrons who feast there, and the third-world laborers who feed them.
Now Talia must separate the truth from the madness because in The Quarter, the haves and have-nots are about to face a reckoning.
The Four Trials of Henry Ford
and his Pursuit of the Dark Fruit of Narcissism
by Gregory R. Piché
In recounting the Ford litigation, Piché examines Ford’s parallel manipulation of public media to advance his own political and narcissistic agenda to become a public sage and an American President. It follows the initial rise of his reputation as a Progressive capitalist to its ultimate erosion as a mean-spirited bigot and contributor to
A veteran and avid collector, Gersh offers pro tips on how, what, and which artists to look for while providing unique insights, an invaluable perspective, and a dash of humor into the world of collecting great art.
*On May 7, 2019, Dr. Dino Tatooles passed away. We mourn his passing but celebrate the life of a medical pioneer. We at Open Books extend our sympathies to his brother, OB author James E. Tatooles, and to the rest of his family and many friends.
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"...a wild feast for the senses that reads as if Margaret Atwood and Gordon Ramsay met in a kitchen somewhere to cook up this story."
--Stephanie Storey, author of Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo.
Is he liberal? Or is he conservative? The highest judge in the land can't make up his mind.
Leonard Zweig is the accidental result of a tryst between High Court Justice Franz Babel and trapeze artist Isabella Trotsky. After languishing in The Depository for Foundlings and other Discarded Children, he is adopted by Milton and Miriam Zweig. The Zweigs are ideological opposites. Milton, who practices law in a large firm that caters to the needs of corporate clients, is a devout follower of Conservative legal thought. In contrast, Miriam is a pious Liberal lawyer at a small operation that represents people living on the margins.
Leonard's adoptive parents launch a secret program to indoctrinate him in the dogma of their respective sects. Over time, the simultaneous indoctrinations corrupt the impressionable adolescent's mind, causing him to involuntarily oscillate between Liberalism and Conservatism every few days.
Upon graduating from law school, Leonard takes an entry level position at Milton's firm. When he is suspended, he runs for a municipal judgeship. The chameleon narrowly wins, after his opponent drops out of the race on the eve of the election.
Meanwhile, the Republic is mired in a judicial crisis that stems from the death of High Court Justice Franz Babel, Leonard's biological father. To stave off a leftward shift, Benito Ionesco, Leader of the Conservative-controlled legislature, turns to Isadora Apostate, his wily secretary/dominatrix, in search of a viable way to end the crisis. Fortuitously, Apostate has recently read about Leonard's ideological switching in a tawdry tabloid.
Will the Liberal Chancellor be willing to nominate a part-time Liberal to the highest Bench in the land? If Leonard is confirmed, will he be treated as a pariah by his colleagues? Will an aversion conditioning program remedy his bifurcated brain, making him a normal judge with only a single ideological bias? This satirical novel hilariously exposes our current political climate, judicial system, and leaders.
Lover is a refined mesmerizing, fictional account of two of the most celebrated dancers in the dance world, how one compromised the other, and how the drama on the stage often mirrors those played out in real life.
The Ice Palace Waltz
by Barbara L. Baer
In the autumn of 1895, citizens of Leadville, Colorado construct the Ice Palace: a last sign of hope for the fading silver mining town. There, on New Year's Eve beneath the magic lights and frozen ramparts of this fantastic ice marvel, Max Selig and the Grensky brothers, enemies and rivals, watch the youngest members of their families, June Selig and Nathan Grensky, dance and fall in love.
Across the country in New York City, the waning years of the Gilded Age and a failed stock market gamble crushes the dreams of the Greenbaums. Only vivacious, copper-haired Tillie can save her family from ruin by entering into a marriage of convenience.
Two decades later, Tillie, resigned to a passionless marriage, encourages her daughter Margie to live the romance she was denied and take a chance on the dashing, hard-drinking newsman Tommy Grensky, the Leadville Ice Palace lovers’ son. But when the young couple travels to London in 1937, they encounter a changing Europe under the rise of Nazism.
In The Ice Palace Waltz, two Jewish immigrant families—the rough and ready Western pioneers and the smooth, “our crowd” New Yorkers—come together in a riveting family saga amid the financial and social tumult of early twentieth century America. Baer's moving multigenerational novel traces the American Jewish experience and the enduring power of family and love.
Clinical Dicta and Contra Dicta examines the therapy process both from the inside out and the outside in. Over many years of sitting with patients and supervisees, John Espy found that the themes presented in his office had threads of similarities. Are we winsome or loathsome? Do we desire self-knowing or do we seek out more psychically sophisticated ways of self-deception? Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is a psychic pilgrimage that reveals the depths of both our capacity to love and our capacity for hate. Life is not clean and no one gets out unscathed. We are fraught with temptations and unconscious desires to deceive ourselves by engaging in behaviors that undermine our own best self-interests. The best therapy results in an exploration of our illusions of who we imagine ourselves to be confronted by who in fact we are.
Clinical Dicta and Contra Dicta explores these issues both visually and in narrative form. Iconic adages and clinical vignettes are presented as well as a treatise on how serial perpetrators use projective-identification to groom and ultimately ensnare their victims.
The Triumph of Diversity
Rejoice in and Benefit from the Interconnectedness of Humankind
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D, Ph.D.
Have we come to a time where differences in color, religion, sexuality, or nationality are seen as threats to our way of life? Has exclusion and lack of interest in those suffering in other parts of the world become a way to protect us from our fears? When we close the door to those who seem dissimilar, we limit our potential for growth. Diversity expands the mind and enriches the soul; it is the antidote to groupthink.
In The Triumph of Diversity, Dr. Ciaramicoli analyzes prejudice by tracing it to personal origins and relates true stories of courageous individuals who have overcome hatred, cruelty and sadism to become open-minded, loving resilient people. He re-emphasizes that we are in desperate need of those who unite rather than those who ostracize.
Dr. Ciaramicoli shares his observations as a psychologist in clinical practice, his interviews with laymen, clinicians and clergy, and data from current research to conclude, as Thomas Paine said, “My Country is the World; my Religion is to do Good,” and that learned prejudices can be laid bare and redirected to give way to genuine empathy and inclusion over exclusion.
Speaking recently in the Detroit area to a crowd of 60 people, OB author Susan Sage remarked on Twitter, "A little more than I'm used to... And - almost - talked without my notes!"
On January 25, Open Books award-winning author Milana Marsenich appeared with author Valerie Hemingway at Books & Bites in Bozeman, MT. Milana spoke about her books, Copper Sky and The Swan Keeper and about Montana history in the early 1900s.
Author Milana Marsenich is the recipient of the 2018 WWA Spur Award for Copper Sky and was a finalist for the 2019 Willa Literary Awards for The Swan Keeper. She is also the recipient of the Sarton Women's Book Award for The Swan Keeper.
Jeff Wallach is the award-winning author of four books of non-fiction and nearly 1,000 articles, essays, and reviews for The New York Times, The Oregonian, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, Health, Money Magazine, GOLF Magazine, and many other national newspapers and magazines. He has worked as a columnist covering golf, fitness, travel, financial and consumer matters, and other subjects. He has taught writing at a variety of schools, workshops, and writers’ conferences.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Vassar College and a Masters Degree in Fiction Writing from Brown University.
Open Books will publish his novel, Mr. Wizard, in Spring 2020.
Mr. Wizard: A Novel
by Jeff Wallach
Two brothers. One mother. One big question.
Two days before her death, Jenny Elliot suggests to her fifty-year-old son Phillip that, being half-Irish, he should be more careful about his drinking. Phillip, along with his brother Spencer, has grown up believing they were the fully Jewish-American offspring of Jenny and her late husband who died in the Vietnam War. Was his mother uttering some dementia-inspired fantasy, or was her true character shining through in her last moments to leave the brothers a clue to their real heritage? After her death, Philip decides to take a DNA test.
The brothers set off on a genetic treasure hunt in search of who they really are—and what that might mean. Are they purely products of their genetics; or were they formed more completely by their social interactions and upbringing? Are they merely victims of randomness; or are they some combination of those factors? And who, exactly, is Mr. Wizard?
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Pursuing Fedhisss: An Outer Space Odyssey
by William A. Glasser
Author of the popular Open Books title, The Autobiography of Satan
Join two aliens, Urr and Fedhisss, traveling in separate space vessels, on a joint mission to seek out and explore new regions and new life forms in the universe. During their second planetary stop, however, Fedhisss decides that he also wants to improve the overall quality of life in the universe, and he intends to do so by eradicating any concentrations of consciousness they may come upon that Fedhisss deems unworthy of existence. With that in mind, Fedhisss then wreaks total havoc on the planet they are visiting by destroying all of the life forms existing there. And when he sees that Urr is now strongly determined to stop him from making any further judgments, Fedhisss departs in his own ship, trying to leave Urr behind. Using the guidance system on his ship, Urr then manages to track Fedhisss to his next landing, the planet Earth, where the book opens with Urr's ship entering Earth’s atmosphere.
A wild ride that only William A. Glasser could pilot!
Open Books will publish Pursuing Fedhisss in Spring 2020.
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Legacy of the Tigers
Tiger Saga 3
by Iris Yang
In China's political chaos, a woman's desperate search for her family and the American pilot she loves.
In the winter of 1942, Jasmine Bai survived the freezing wilderness and decided to keep her baby, even though he was the product of a gang-rape by Japanese soldiers. In 1947, her quiet life in a remote cabin was disrupted by the news of her loved one's death. In the following four decades, Jasmine desperately searches for her family and for Danny Hardy, the American pilot she loves. She is robbed by thugs, thrown in jail by the Nationalist Secret Police, and wrongfully accused by the Communists. In war and political chaos, Jasmine loses her loved ones, but she never loses her sense of decency, nor does she break her promise to the Flying Tiger. Over thousands of miles between Yunnan and Chungking, the third book of the Tiger Saga trilogy takes readers along another incredible journey.
Open Books will publish the much anticipated third book of the Tiger Saga Trilogy, Legacy of the Tigers, in Spring 2020.
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A native of North Carolina, Lewis Lucke served for 30 years overseas in the Foreign Service with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State. Ambassador Lucke lived and worked in ten countries as part of his official duties - Mali, Senegal, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Bolivia, Jordan, Haiti, Kuwait, Iraq and Swaziland, the latter as US Ambassador. He was USAID Mission Director in Bolivia, Jordan, Haiti and the first ever USAID Director in Iraq.
In Iraq, Mr. Lucke led a $4 billion reconstruction effort in 2002-2004, the largest US-finaced reconstruction effort since the Marshall Plan. He was USAID Mission Director in Jordan at the passing of King Hussein and led US economic support to Jordan at this critical juncture. He also was the US "response coordinator" for the initial emergency response phase immediately after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
USAID is a US Agency, under the policy guidance of the US Department of State, that provides economic development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of US and host country development goals. Ambassador Lucke received USAID's highest awards for his career, including its awards for Distinguished Career and Heroism, and the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Ambassador Lucke is now retired from the Foreign Service and devotes his efforts to two private companies, Grainster LLC and Waste to Energy Global Partners LLC.
Mr. Lucke is from Austin, Texas, married with three children. He speaks French, Spanish and some Arabic. Open Books will publish his second book, From Timbuktu to Duck and Cover in July 2020.
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“Dr. Ciaramicoli takes diversity down a new path by focusing on its relationship with empathy and its ability to transform communities.”
—Abbie Rosenberg, RN,
NP Psychotherapist and Founder/Executive Director Mental Health Collaborative,
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From Timbuktu to Duck and Cover: Improbable Tales from a Career in Foreign Service
by US Ambassador (Ret.) Lewis Luck
While spending thirty years overseas in the US Foreign Service, and living in eleven countries and working in many more, Ambassador Lucke accumulated many stories that would never have happened “at home.” His work took him to Timbuktu (twice), to places in West Africa where kids ran away in fear at the their first glimpse of a person with white skin, to the scary run up to Gulf War I in North Africa, to the jungles of Bolivia and Lake Titicaca in the Andes, the fall of Communism in the old Czechoslovakia, biblical sites of Jerusalem, the passing of King Hussein in Jordan, to interaction with a few US Presidents and many members of Congress. He was thrust into the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, deployed into the war zone of Iraq, and finally served as US Ambassador to the last absolute monarchy in Africa. His take on a thirty-year career abroad: “It was never boring.”
Open Books will publish From Timbuktu to Duck and Cover: Improbable Tales from a Career in Foreign Service in Summer 2020.