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I think it is because I grew up in New York City that I have always had a fascination with the lives of colorful and complex characters. It seems a big city has room for all sorts of paradoxical figures.
My chief occupation has been helping to bring about a more commercial space exploration effort. During the 1990s I worked with the Russians, as they were the first to embrace American style free markets and competition for space programs. I'm the only businessman to ever market a manned space station, when as CEO of MirCorp, we leased the Russian space station Mir.
I also helped introduce the Soviet and Russian organizations to the international markets, working with the organization that launched the first satellite Sputnik and the first human, Yuri Gagarin, into space.
Now I head an American company that is doing fun things in low-earth orbit.
My books, whether the novel "Them Hustlers," or the examination of how Lincoln shut the anti-war newspapers in "Lincoln's Wrath," or the memoir about my time with the Russian space program "Selling Peace," all reflect different sides of the same coin: the world is not black and white. There are shades of good and shades of evil and sometimes that makes for the best story of them all.
on Feb. 13, 2012 :
Politics, sex, and black magic within the context of the political wrangling during the Clinton sex scandal and impeachment proceedings make this an extremely interesting book. The combination of the real political and other players of this dark time in our history (Clinton, Gingrich, Livingston, Hastert, and Larry Flynt) and the fictional characters often make it very hard to tell where history ends and fiction begins. Within the historical context, the author infuses the interaction of these fictional characters, and the use of fortune telling, tarot cards, and voodoo to make for a great story. All these elements combined with an excellent style ad great character development make for a great read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)