"There was a war, and hysteria allows and permits and commands almost anything. So you have to find enemies; you have to find the spies and the fifth columnists."
Following Navy service and graduate school, I taught and wrote about American history at Humboldt State University.
My non-fiction (oral focuses on the relocation and internment of Italian and German Americans during World War II. UnCivil Liberties, an oral a documentary history of Italian relocation, earned an American Book Award.
When I retired from teaching history, I turned to writing fiction. I have enjoyed 'Telling Lies for Fun and Profit!' Some of my stories have historical themes—'Illusions' and 'Infamy!' for example. Others are semi-autobiographical or explore art history, obsessive collection, or immigration—even pole dancers!. Crime, of course, is central.
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'Outstanding Book'— Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States,1991.
'Outstanding Literary Achievement' — American Book Award (Before Columbus Foundation), 1992.
One of those rare books that will gratify readers of diverse backgrounds and interests. —Northcoast Journal
A significant book for all Americans concerned with this country's attitudes toward and treatment of immigrants, and with individual rights. —Voices in Italian Americana
A reclusive war hero, The Watch Man, confronts his past and perhaps his most difficult challenge when faced with armed thieves who intend to steal his collection of luxury watches.
Jim Robbins, wounded while fighting the Germans in North Africa in 1943, sets out to foil the burglary with a pair of small friends and fellow veterans. Their resistance to the thieves, however, puts their lives in danger.
Along the way, The Watch Man learns new lessons about friendship, loyalty, personal qualities that matter, truth and the price of a life of isolation.
A gem of a book, from engaging anecdote to personal narrative to sweeping history, and best of all, the connections between yesterday and today. — John Christgau, author of 'Enemies': World War II Alien Internment
It was a time of profiling, FBI bungling, military commissions, secret arrests, suspension of due process and habeas corpus, deportation, extraordinary rendition, second class citizenship and other forms of harassment -- all in the name of homeland security during a war being fought overseas. — Ron Standerfer for Reader Views
Thank you for writing about a previous time and these terrible people, but also the good people. — Bill B.