Mr. Parola is a retired Professor of cultural history at Indiana University and University of Michigan-Flint; the Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Koç University in Istanbul Turkey.
As a former Naval Air Intelligence officer and a career researcher, Mr. Parola has trained himself to be a keen observer of his surroundings and has acquired a large cultural and social context into which those observations fit.
He is a free lance writer of Business (See Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 28, 2002) and Technical (Hurricane Handbook, Sail Net News, Spring, 2003) articles. His short stories have been published in Voices from the Universe and in Bamboo Ridge Press, 25th Anniversary Edition. And the Spring
Mr. Parola speaks frequently to lodges, clubs and service organizations on a variety of topics.
on July 20, 2011 :
The small collection of short stories “The little American blond” should be on a must-read list for anyone interested in the world politics and particularly the aficionados of many American wars in the Middle East. Anyone who playfully throws around terms like “oil wars” or “clash of civilizations” should make an effort to understand the other side a little bit better and “The little American blond” would be a good start.
Professor Parola worked for many years in Muslim countries and his brief dramas make one’s scalp tingle with the realistic detail of bloody events and the cool realization that the atrocities committed, in fact, logically follow from the religion strayed into the wastelands of fanaticism.
I am sure there are many ways to interpret his multilayered stories; for me the most striking take away was the realization how deep is the contempt of religious, military and other leaders for their own people.
I highly recommend this dark bouquet.
(reviewed the day of purchase)