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When A Hard Rain Falls: You CAN judge a book by its cover

Believe it or not, When A Hard Rain Falls has quickly become one of my best selling books. Although it does not have the kind of reviews that War Remains and Ice Cream Headache have, it is one of my best selling books on a day-to-day basis. Inasmuch as it is a good story about […]

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Read an eBook Week at Smashwords

March is declared Read an eBook Month, for which Smashwords.com is an official sponsor, and to encourage more eBook readers, for the first week 4-10 March inclusive, eBooks can be purchased from the Smashwords site at considerable discounts, sometimes for free, mine own included. Why not pop along to Smashwords.com and have a look around. You never know, you might […]

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Number One at Amazon

For an hour, but Number One is still Number One. This screen shot was taken back in December not long after Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm was published. I have to confess that I am an Amazon watcher and periodically check (though some eBook experts think it’s not a good idea) […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — President George Bush’s visit to Korea, 2002

Of all the years that I have lived in Korea, 2002 was a rough year to get through if if you were an American living and working in Korea. Early in the year, U.S. President George Bush included North Korea in his “Axis of Evil” speech and short track speedster, Apolo Ohno became Public Enemy […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — A North Korean Through the Looking Glass, December 31, 1996

My first trip to Panmunjom, which is not really Panmunjom per se, but the Joint Security Area (JSA) was on a cold, deary New Year’s Eve in 1996. The weather made me feel like I had stepped into some Cold War thriller. When you step out on Conference Row and enter one of the Military […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — North Korean School Trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA), 2000

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A North Korean school trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA) and Panmunjom. This was back in the summer of 2000 during my second trip to the JSA and a trip that I would write about for my first article about “the scariest place in the world.” Of […]

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Daejeon, 2011 — Seoul, 1990

In many ways, Daejeon reminds me of what Seoul was for me 21 years ago, especially when I see a truck laden with yontan–the charcoal briquettes used for heating and cooking. A lot of it is used in Daejeon, in fact still used a lot by low-income families across the nation. I mention yontan a few […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Now Available in Paperback!

“How did you end up in Korea?” is a question that most people have asked when they learn that I have lived and worked in South Korea. “I turned left at Japan,” I’ve often replied, tweaking a famous line from The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night when John Lennon was asked, “How did you find […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Number One this Hour

You know how Andy Warhol once said that we would all be famous for fifteen minutes? Well, I think I had a couple of those minutes today when my latest book, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm shot up the charts on Amazon’s Hot New Releases’ list to Number One. It was […]

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War Remains Wins Top Honors

Last weekend, Saturday, October 2, War Remains won top honors at the annual Military Writers Society of America conference which was held in Pittsburgh, PA. War Remains won Gold in the Fiction: Literary category and Silver in the Korean War Book Award category. It is an honor for me to have won in two categories, […]

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