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Indie Book Sales Up; Traditionally Published Books Down

September 16, 2015

Something very significant is happening in the publishing world, and it may be the best thing that has ever happened to authors–especially those who choose to self-publish rather than run the rat race that is traditional publishing.

In the 18 months between February 2014 and September 2015, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), whose 1200 members include (more…)

The George Zimmerman Verdict and Aftermath

July 15, 2013

For the past few days I have resisted weighing in on the George Zimmerman murder case and the fact that he was found not guilty of both Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter charges.

It is a verdict that doesn't sit well with many. But it is, nevertheless, the (more…)

No Easy Answers for Sandy Hook Tragedy

December 19, 2012

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The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school Friday has left us searching for answers. Why did it happen? How could it have been stopped? Is there a way to avoid such tragedies in the future?

Predictably, the first knee jerk reaction to such a heartbreaking event, was for more gun (more…)

Should Al Jazeera English be available to American TV Audiences?

June 14, 2011

A few years ago I was among the chorus of Americans who would not have supported the idea of allowing the Arabic-language, Qatar-based satellite news channel or its sister network, Al Jazeera English, to broadcast in the United States.

Who can forget the skewed coverage after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington? (more…)

Pakistan: Friendly Foe; Angry Ally

May 11, 2011

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In the wake of Osama Bin Laden's killing in Abbottabad, Pakistan there has been much discussion about the Pakistanis and just how much their military and security forces knew about where the terrorist leader was hiding.

Questions have been raised about how much the Pakistani's can be trusted to do the right thing when (more…)

The Fall of Saigon: A Correspond​ent Remembers

April 29, 2011

Today, the Pentagon issued a press release saying that tomorrow (April 30) marks the 36th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War--a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and continues to affect the United States, including its military leaders and current wartime operations.

Of all the stories I covered during my (more…)

Selected Works

Book #2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy.
Experience an extraordinary man's perilous and riveting journey from untamed 19th century Kansas to the mysterious Far East and elsewhere."
The Compelling Saga of One of the World's Oldest Companies
A guide to the Art and Craft of Journalism
A "how to" book for foreign correspondents
A primer on covering international business and finance