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E. Ted Gladue is the author of this epic work of fiction and has also authored a collect of poetry, "Poetry In Green" and attributes his poetic inspiration to the fact that his Irish Grandmother, Mary Kelly of County Monagahan was a poet. He is also the author of several scholarly books that can be found in libraries around the world; a Ph.D. dissertation " China's Diplomatic Behavior in the United Nations," a book seeking to reveal the psychology behind China's foreign policy, "China's Perceptions of Global Politics," and " Gamble for Survival: nuclear, chemical, and biological Terrorism," with Leo P. Brophy (U.S. Army Chief Historian for Chemical & Biological Services." He is currently working on a novel " Maya 2012: Why You Do Not Want To Live in Central America," begun while living for two years in Honduras and Costa Rica. Dr Gladue, who disliked school, joined the Marines at 18 with his best friend until that friend's mother made him join the air force to "learn something," and they both compliied. Having joined to see the world they were unhappily chosen by military intelligence to study cryptography, spending 4 yrs in clandestine operations learning truths about the world not taught in university courses as they traveled the world. Dr Gladue has taught at Princeton University, City University of New York from which he earned a Ph.D. in International Politics, Clinical Psychiarty (Mt. Sinai Medical School), & Chinese studies, Villanova University where he earned a Masters in History & Political Science, taught graduate level International political courses to US military combat officers during the cold war. He spent 6 years at the UN, during which time he traveled the world for the Director of Political Affairs.
Intellectuals and several colleagues at major universities would claim that Ted is a "futurist," one who can see the future; a label he reject, while at the same time admits some strange powers. One he does not like to remember, is seeing the death of his only son 3 years before his death, to one he is proud of: writing about the fall of the Soviet empire 6 year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, beyond which he as many stories from the Cold War, his vision of the failure of the Chaney/Bush invasion of Iraq, and the occupation of Afghanistan after what should have been a short mission to take revenge for 9i/11. He somehow manages to translate these psychic powers, or just plain insight into human nature, into fiction or political storytelling, some would call analysis. But above it all, his stores always contain a sense of humor and human desires.