365 Guide New York City: Drink. Eat. $ave. Every Day of the Year.

Paperback – December 9th 2015

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You’re in New York City. You’re hungry. You’re thirsty. You don’t want to spend a fortune. Now what? 365 Guide New York City is only guide book full of the best restaurant deals and bar specials in New York City. Compiled by New York Food Host and Deals Expert, Monica DiNatale, you get the inside scoop on where to go at a fraction of the price. This is the only New York City guide that tells you where you can find: free, yes, FREE food specials throughout the city, $2-$3 drinks any day of the week, the best happy hours where you can nosh to your stomach’s content and more deals than any other guide on the planet. From five-star restaurants to the best dive bars, savings guru Monica DiNatale has been featured on Good Day New York, PIX 11, WABC, WCBS, Crain’s 5Boros and Metro NY. Whether you live here, hope to live here, or are visiting, if you want to know all about New York City’s restaurants and bars-at a discount-then 365 Guide is the book for you! www.365guidenyc.com

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Cancer’s Cause, Cancer’s Cure

Paperback – February 29th, 2012

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Cancer is an illness we all dread simply because it is very difficult to cure. Massive amounts of money have been spent not only trying to find a cure but to help potential victims prevent the disease from occurring in the first place. Following on the heels of the discovery of DNA’s double helix, Dr. Mirko Beljanski, a microbiologist at the Pasteur Institute, discovered some fundamental truths about cancerous DNA and how carcinogens act on DNA. In the course of his discoveries, he also discovered highly powerful and scientifically proven botanical agents that kill cancer cells. Beljanski found that his botanicals were selective—they only harmed the cancerous cells but didn’t harm healthy cells. In the process, Dr. Beljanski was vilified by the French government, but he continued on with his research and found that when his botanical agents are coupled with traditional chemo and radiation cancer therapies, each becomes more effective, thus finding a highly viable integrative cancer solution. Current studies on Dr. Beljanski’s products have been conducted through the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University. There is more research that needs to be done to confirm Dr. Mirko Beljanski’s major breakthroughs in cancer treatments. There is a way to make this most feared of diseases manageable. The war on cancer is winnable, but only if we all band together and demand that the research be done so that anyone who ever hears the dreaded words, “you have cancer” doesn’t feel like they’ve been handed a death sentence.

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Constructed of Magic

Paperback – January 11th, 2015

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What Would Life be Like if You Knew You Were an Immortal Spiritual Being?

“It is my viewpoint that each man has his own unique magnificence regardless of race, religion, nation, tribe, station in life, customs and beliefs…,” so writes poet, Louis Alan Swartz.

Constructed of Magic and Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit is a refreshing collection of poems that explore the beauty of who we are as spiritual beings. Our ability to love, dream, create futures, even die with dignity are all part of who we are and why we are here. These poems don’t pretend to give final answers to any of the big questions about life, but they do help us to look and come to our own understanding.

“This book is a testament to the poet’s vision-an understanding and appreciation for the spiritual and aesthetic nature of mankind….There is a peaceful calmness that cascades over me when I read the joy that Louis Swartz communicates in these poems. I invite you to share that experience with me.” Bernard Percy Educator, Speaker, Author.

We invite you to discover the magic in these poems that are infused throughout with a terrific appreciation of humankind. As Swartz concludes in his introduction, “If by reading them, one individual is able to get an inkling of the actual length and breadth of his ability to do good, my purpose in writing them will be achieved.”

Louis Alan Swartz has dedicated his life to helping others find their ability as immortal spiritual beings. He has traveled extensively in Africa, India, Europe, and the Middle East. He lives in Los Angeles with Connie, his wife of twenty-eight years.

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Crisis by Design

Paperback – August 1st, 2012

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There’s been a coup d’état.

It was not a mob of AK-47 wielding militia overthrowing a dictator in a third-world country. This one was different. On April 2, 2009 at a meeting of the G-20 in London, the fiscal autonomy of the United States (and other nations) was quietly turned over to a little known bank with a troubling Nazi past. The story of this coup sounds like something out a Ludlum novel, but this is real and John Truman Wolfe has documented one of the most enormous power grabs in history, the establishment of what international bankers call a GMA, a Global Monetary Authority. How it was done, who did it, and why, is the subject of Crisis by Design, a no-holds-barred expose of a takeover of the planet’s central banks.

Wolfe not only exposes the dark side of this operation, he tells you how you can protect yourself as well as what public policy actions need to occur to take back control of our national economic life. Wolfe does not spew economic psychobabble. Instead, he writes in a smooth and easy-to-understand style. And the message in clear-an international financial coup has occurred. We must protect ourselves as well as our national sovereignty.

UPDATED WITH THE MOST RECENT INFORMATION ON THE EUROPEAN FINANCIAL CRISIS!

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Datapoint

Paperback – August 30th, 2012

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Forget Apple and IBM. For that matter forget Silicon Valley. The first personal computer, a self-contained unit with its own programmable processor, display, keyboard, internal memory, telephone interface, and mass storage of data was born in San Antonio TX. US Patent number 224,415 was filed November 27, 1970 for a machine that is the direct lineal ancestor to the PC as we know it today. The story begins in 1968, when two Texans, Phil Ray and Gus Roche, founded a firm called Computer Terminal Corporation. As the name implies their first product was a Datapoint 3300 computer terminal replacement for a mechanical Teletype. However, they knew all the while that the 3300 was only a way to get started, and it was cover for what their real intentions were – to create a programmable mass-produced desktop computer. They brought in Jack Frassanito, Vic Poor, Jonathan Schmidt, Harry Pyle and a team of designers, engineers and programmers to create the Datapoint 2200. In an attempt to reduce the size and power requirement of the computer it became apparent that the 2200 processor could be printed on a silicon chip. Datapoint approached Intel who rejected the concept as a “dumb idea” but were willing to try for a development contract. Intel belatedly came back with their chip but by then the Datapoint 2200 was already in production. Intel added the chip to its catalog designating it the 8008. A later upgrade, the 8080 formed the heart of the Altair and IMSI in the mid-seventies. With further development it was used in the first IBM PC-the PC revolution’s chip dynasty. If you’re using a PC, you’re using a modernized Datapoint 2000.

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Freedom’s Rush

Paperback – September 26th, 2013

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When you’re out riding, things happen. If you keep at it, everything happens…. Thus goes the simple wisdom of Foster Kinn in Freedom’s Rush: Tales from a Biker and His Beast. Join Foster Kinn as he travels through the continental United States with an occasional detour into Canada, experience with him all that can happen in the “day in a life” of a biker: “Sometimes you’re hungry, sometimes you eat too much. Sometimes you’re unbearably hot, sometimes painfully cold. You lose things and get lost; you find things and find your way. You fall in love, you find things to despise. You bleed and you heal; you get sick, then you’re invincible. The rains pelt, the snows blind, the winds make you helpless. You ride through gorgeous scenery and through desolate wastelands; all places are the way they’re supposed to be and they’re all perfect. It’s life in microcosm.” In part a celebration of the grandness of this wide, wonderful world, in part a meditation on the meaning of freedom and our sacred right to create, you will laugh with Kinn at all the wonderfully wacky characters he meets on the road, and you will be dazzled by the utter joy he finds as he rides. When you read the last line, you will know what he means when he writes: As long as freedoms exist, we will ride; As long as we ride, freedoms will exist.

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High Summits

Hardcover – October 4th, 2013

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A Rich and Compelling History of Mountaineering ….At Your Fingertips. High Summits is the result of over 30 years of research into the fascinating world of international mountaineering. An essential guide to mountaineering history, this year-by-year account spans all seven continents and dates from 450 B.C. through 2011. In it you’ll find everything from the monumental to the hard-to-find-trivia including:

  • The most significant 370 Peak First Ascents as well as over 600 other types of first ascents on mountain faces and ridges.
  • 345 detailed listings of major advancements in mountaineering gear, clothing, and climbing equipment.
  • 171 references to the development of various climbing techniques on snow, rock, and ice.
  • 58 hand-drawn maps and 57 carefully chosen photographs to accompany over 2,800 climbing events around the world.
  • Appendices that include 17 unique mountain summit collections and the author’s ten most significant events in mountaineering history. Taken from expedition accounts, biographies and autobiographies, climbing journals and diaries, mountaineering museums, magazines and newspapers, films, documentaries, newsletters, and interviews,

High Summits is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind. A must-have reference book for anyone interested in mountaineering, from the aficionado and weekend climber to anyone who just likes to read about the majesty and allure of climbing the most significant peaks in the world.

“Wolfe’s meticulous compilation of this much mountaineering history and lore into one volume is simply a stunning achievement that makes for an invaluable reference as well as an entertaining read.” Walter R. Borneman Historian and co-author of 100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers “Fred Wolfe’s exhaustive research teases out the details of mountaineering’s entire, worldwide history. High Summits is a reference I will always keep handy.” Phil Powers Executive Director American Alpine Club

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High Summits

Hardcover – October 4th, 2013

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A Rich and Compelling History of Mountaineering ….At Your Fingertips. High Summits is the result of over 30 years of research into the fascinating world of international mountaineering. An essential guide to mountaineering history, this year-by-year account spans all seven continents and dates from 450 B.C. through 2011. In it you’ll find everything from the monumental to the hard-to-find-trivia including:

  • The most significant 370 Peak First Ascents as well as over 600 other types of first ascents on mountain faces and ridges.
  • 345 detailed listings of major advancements in mountaineering gear, clothing, and climbing equipment.
  • 171 references to the development of various climbing techniques on snow, rock, and ice.
  • 58 hand-drawn maps and 57 carefully chosen photographs to accompany over 2,800 climbing events around the world.
  • Appendices that include 17 unique mountain summit collections and the author’s ten most significant events in mountaineering history. Taken from expedition accounts, biographies and autobiographies, climbing journals and diaries, mountaineering museums, magazines and newspapers, films, documentaries, newsletters, and interviews,

High Summits is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind. A must-have reference book for anyone interested in mountaineering, from the aficionado and weekend climber to anyone who just likes to read about the majesty and allure of climbing the most significant peaks in the world.

“Wolfe’s meticulous compilation of this much mountaineering history and lore into one volume is simply a stunning achievement that makes for an invaluable reference as well as an entertaining read.” Walter R. Borneman Historian and co-author of 100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers “Fred Wolfe’s exhaustive research teases out the details of mountaineering’s entire, worldwide history. High Summits is a reference I will always keep handy.” Phil Powers Executive Director American Alpine Club

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SGT. RODNEY M. DAVIS “The Making of a Hero”

Paperback – March 15, 2018

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How Far Would You Go to Honor a Code?

Honor. Courage. Commitment. These are the pillars of United States Marine Corps values.

So why Sgt. Rodney M. Davis lunged atop that enemy grenade at the expense of his own life on Sept. 6, 1967 is the quintessential question that has haunted not only those who stood closest to him at that critical moment, but his own family and friends for over fifty years now.

Why would a young African-American with a beautiful wife and two infant children eagerly awaiting his return home from Vietnam commit such a noble and courageous, yet sacrificial act? And for Marines he barely knew if at all? And for a country that often treated him like a second-class citizen at the time?

“He was a brave man and a good Marine. My grandfather always told me that if [Davis] had not jumped on that grenade, every Marine in that trench would have been seriously injured or killed. My grandfather believed that he would have died that day. My mother would have been an orphan at the age of one, and I would have never known my grandfather.

In a time when the United States was ravaged by racial tension, I wonder what kind of bond men form while fighting a war, for him to have saved the lives of a bunch of white men – including a Texan officer – that he knew for a short period of time?

[Davis] was a modern-day hero, and the kind of Marine I strive to live up to.”

Steven Brackeen Turunc, the eldest grandson of Davis’ late platoon commander, John Brackeen. Turunc graduated from Officer Candidates School in November 2014 and is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.

That Davis was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on March, 26, 1969 did little to assuage the heartbreak felt by his grieving family and the many friends he left behind.

But looking after his own had always been Davis’ calling.

This is his story.

STATEMENTS FROM THE OFFICIAL MEDAL OF HONOR INVESTIGATION INTO SGT. RODNEY M. DAVIS

“On 6 September 1967, we were engaged with the enemy when they outflanked us on all the sides. We pulled back and regrouped in a trench surrounding a bomb crater. There were about seven people in a 20-foot in this trench when the enemy started their advance. We were putting out a base of fire when we started to receive incoming grenades when one grenade landed about eight feet to my right on the other side of Lance Corporal

[Lonnie] Hinshaw. Lance Corporal Hinshaw jumped from the trench to safety, but failed to mention the presence of the grenade to anyone. At this time, Sgt. Davis saw the danger to himself and the rest of the Marines in the area. He threw himself intentionally on this grenade and sacrificed his life to save the men in the trench. I believe he should receive this award for service above and beyond the call of duty. Myself, my platoon commander and Lance Corporal Hinshaw are alive today because of Sgt. Davis’ act of heroism.” Lance Corporal Gregory G. Crandall (USMC)

“On 6 September 1967, I witnessed the actions of Sergeant Davis while on Operation Swift. My platoon was pinned down around a bomb crater when the NVA started attacking our position with heavy automatic fire. Sgt. Davis effectively directed his men’s fire to stave off the attacking enemy. The enemy again assaulted our position, this time getting within hand grenade range. I believe there were about four [grenades] thrown at us, three of them landed outside the trench, the other one hit me in the leg and fell into the trench as I rolled out of the trench. At this time, Sergeant Davis saw the hand grenade and the danger to the men left in the trench. Sergeant Davis, seeing the grenade, dropped down on it, using his body to protect the other men in the trench from the explosion. I feel that he knew what he was doing and gave his life to save the five lives of his fellow Marines. I am alive today due to his actions.” Lance Corporal Lonnie R. Hinshaw (USMC)

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Straight Dirt: New York’s Premier Landscape Designer Tells it Like It Is.

Straight Dirt is Steve Griggs’s “tell all” book about the inner workings of a landscape design firm in the TriState area. Griggs has been designing and installing residential backyards spaces in affluent areas in and around the New York metro area for the past thirty-five years. Straight Dirt is not a “how to” book on doing your own backyard. Rather, it gives expert insight on how to work with designers and contractors to create dream backyards and rooftop terraces in New York City. It includes segments on design and execution, with special sections on Grigg’s favorite plants, dos and don’ts for pools, and an invaluable list of tips on how to deal with your landscape contractor in “What Google Won’t Find For You.”

Griggs combines an artist’s sensibility with a commitment to client satisfaction. His passion is contagious and tell-it-like-it-is attitude gets the job done. He transforms every environment from ordinary to extraordinary, and the book is a masterful reflection of his work ethic (“Do it Once, Do It Right”) and attitude, (“Anyone can shower you with roses. I bring the thorns…and the cutter. Translation: Don’t believe the B.S. I tell it like it is” ).

Loaded with pictures from six showcased homes and stories from a handful of clients, Straight Dirt not only illustrates the various elements of landscape design and construction, it also gives the reader insight into how clients should feel at the completion of their project: “I had spent much of my life dealing with designers and contractors. Steve is very much unique. He is an artist and is someone who tacks on pride to what he does. What he created for us is extraordinary. We are grateful.” —Linda and Regis Boff

Straight Dirt is to the point, oftentimes funny, and the reader will never look at your backyard the same again.

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The Right Start: Build Your Brand to Survive and Thrive in Corporate America

Paperback – June 12th, 2020   

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Finally!  A book for the corporate newbie that sheds light on the strange and mysterious world of Corporate America…

Often the difference between the hot-shot “brand builders” who rise to corporate success and the “brand burners” who crash and burn early in their careers is seldom about intelligence or even hard work.  That would be too straightforward.

Corporate survival and ultimate success are more often about who understands the Unwritten Rules of Corporate America.  Who knows—

  • How to play the game properly?
  • What stupid mistakes to avoid?
  • When to raise their hand at the right time and in the right way to claim that shining, brand-building opportunity?

With 70+ years of combined corporate experience, Harrison and Heart share their stories of success and failure in order for the rest of us—corporate newbies and anyone who could use a primer on corporate culture—to best navigate around the common pitfalls and stumbling blocks of the early corporate years.

 

 

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What Once Seemed Strange

Paperback – September 26th, 2013 (Ebook Jan 15, 2015)

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From Cairo to Austin: exiled at 12, Michele Kay takes her readers on a gut-wrenching, painfully lonely, but often exhilarating journey to “home.”

Through this memoir she tells the intensively personal stories of her family’s expulsion from Egypt during the 1956 Suez Canal crisis and devastating effects of this displacement on their lives.

No matter where her nomadic life took her—London, Hong Kong, Saigon, San Francisco, Paris, Tel Aviv, Washington, Texas—Michele proved, as she once wrote: “life is a series of opportunities…to grab.” Mother of two, grandmother of five, she was often described as a “fireball who thought fast, wrote fast and spoke very fast.”

Inspiring, fascinating: a reassuring story for anyone faced with unwanted, unexpected twists and turns in life. And that would be, of course, all of us.

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Why You No Scream Viva?!

Paperback – June 26th, 2013

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There is life after a broken heart-but you have to go out and find it! When you’re in the middle of a break-up, the last thing you probably feel is strong, capable, and able to move on with your life. Why You No Scream Viva?! chronicles the sometimes hilarious adventures Brooke Martellaro experiences. Rocked by the unexpected departure of her life partner, Martellaro found herself on the eve of her 40th birthday newly single and confused about her place in this world. Facing cultural barriers, strange characters, and moral dilemmas, Martellaro redefines herself as an individual for the first time in twenty years and reassesses what she wants for herself. Your BFF as you navigate through the ruins of a relationship… Travel with Brooke to the enchanting Playa del Carmen in Mexico where she learns that to “scream viva” means to find the courage to look for love again, make big decisions even though you may not know the outcome, and rely on good friends to help you through the inevitable transitions life throws at you. Why You No Scream Viva?! helps us all discover that life works far better when you’re having fun and that suffering is indeed optional.

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