By the time of his death in Babylon on June 10, 323 BC, Alexander the Great had conquered more than two million square miles and was only thirty-two years of age. He was an intrepid Macedonian warrior, superb strategist and masterful diplomat. He accepted and respected other peoples, cultures, treated women with dignity, and was exceptionally considerate of the disabled. He loved animals, large and small, domesticated and wild. His legacy is felt all over the world. This slim volume serves as an introduction to Alexander, hoping to whet your appetite and lure you into a more extensive and deeper investigation of the questions that still resonate from his meteoric rise and mysterious demise. What follows is a lyrical biography -- the first poem covering his life from birth to death since the nineteenth century. The poem is simple and unadorned, readable and rooted in historical research. It was written for curious teenagers as well as lifelong learners.
This 390-stanza, lyrical biographical poem about Alexander the Great is accompanied by 48 illustrations, most in full color, including a map of his military advances and victories.
Alexander the Great: A Lyrical Biography By Christine O'Brien and John Maxwell O'Brien 128 pp, 6 x 9 format, $24.95 (ISBN 978-1-7327197-4-3) Library of Congress Control Number 2021953111 Also available in e-book (ISBN: 978-1-7327197-3-6, $7.99)
Christine O’Brien holds an honors degree in classical civilization from Boston College. This epic poem constitutes her literary debut. John Maxwell O’Brien is an emeritus professor of history at Queens College (CUNY). His best-selling biography, Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy, has been translated into Greek and Italian.
Publication Date: July 20, 2022, Alexander's 2,377th Birthday Distributed by Ingram Book Company
"Through their brilliant and gripping labyrinth of lyrics, the authors take us on a journey into the realm of the remarkable life of Alexander the Great. Simply mesmerizing." –Shameela Yoosuf Ali is an artist, writer and Editor-In-Chief of FemAsia Magazine (UK)
"This epic poem will prove to be a precious resource for high school and university teachers who wish to keep antiquity alive. A real gem." –Erik Martiny, a novelist, translator and academic who teaches at the Lycée Henri IV in Paris
"An outstanding book: well-written for both adults and children, with meticulously chosen illustrations." –Sven Kretzschmar, a German poet who publishes in English and German
"This glorious book is interwoven with history, richness and illuminating light." –Annemarie Ní Churreáin, an Irish poet, writer and author of The Poison Glen (The Gallery Press, 2021)
"A marvelous book that will excite and enlighten readers of all ages." –Salhi Lazhar Ben Larbi, a teacher of history and geography in Algeria
"The O'Briens have narrated the life and times of Alexander in an artfully crafted ballad reminiscent of Samuel Taylor Coleridge!" –Mark Ulyseas, publisher/editor of Live Encounters Magazines (India)
"In every line a double heartbeat, history teeming in the blood, each stanza wrapped in lyric, alive again the fallible Alexander, a hero unmasked, his story told." –James Walton, an Australian poet and fiction writer whose works have been translated into multiple languages
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Young Adult Dystopian Novel Targets Trumptocracy
PHOENIX — Can a teenage boy save America from Trumptocracy? That's the key question addressed in a controversial new dystopian novel series for young adults that, according to its author, “seeks not only to entertain but to awaken” them to the dangers that Donald Trump’s ideas pose to democracy. “The Killing of Bere Baudin portrays life four decades from now, in an America that has replaced democracy with Trumptocracy, ..."
The year is 2059 — 24 years after the Second American Civil War.
Donald Trump is long gone, but his followers have seized power and have abolished voting rights and civil liberties. Schools have purged pro-democratic ideas from their curriculums. Protestors are executed, jailed, or forced to live in Partition 3 with the Dregs.
Like most teenagers, Bere Baudin embraces Trumptocracy and aspires to be a wealthy Vorster and to live in Partition 1, a domed city with fresh air. His dreams are shattered, though, when one of his teachers gives him an encrypted ziphoid drive to give to his father, who has disappeared.
Police search for Bryce Baudin and arrest Bere and his grandmother. They escape but Bere becomes distraught when he learns that his father and grandmother are Luminars, an outlawed group seeking to restore democracy. When police falsely charge Bere with murder and arrest his family, he embarks on a mission to free them and uncover the mystery of the encrypted drive.
But first Bere must convince Mr. Greenstone to help him:
"What can I do for you, Mr. Baudin?"
My 16-year-old heart is pounding so hard I can feel it in the tips of my fingers.
I take a deep breath. "I — I want you to kill me."
Greenstone stiffens his posture. ... "I'm sorry. ... I'm a stockbroker, not a killer. But I can refer you to a good therapist." ...
I lean toward Greenstone and whisper in his ear, "‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.' Now will you kill me?"
–Excerpt from Chapter 1
The Killing of Bere Baudin by David Demers Book One of The Luminar Papers Series (see https://Luminars.org) 114 pp, 5 x 8 format, $14.95 Also available in e-book (ISBN: 978-1-7327197-7-4, $2.99) Play The Luminars Card Game, $9.95 (Luminars.org)
David Demers worked as a journalist, professor and ghostwriter before turning his pen to young adult fiction. He is author of 18 books and spent much of his professional life promoting free speech and civil liberties causes.
Publication Date: April 1, 2022 Distributed by Ingram Book Company
Journalist-turned-media-sociology professor David Demers grew up on a steady diet of social justice. His Lutheran elementary school teachers and college professors taught him the importance of democratic processes, speaking out against injustice, free speech, and the public's "right" to know. But when he creates a controversial plan to improve his academic unit, helps students publish some controversial stories, and writes some articles critical of powerful institutions, his organizations reprimand or try to fire him, and his journalism colleagues refuse to defend free speech rights. He is not alone. More than one million professors and K-12 faculty have been fired or reprimanded for things they’ve said on the job. Two-thirds of journalists also say they self-censor stories about their organizations because they fear the wrath of editors or publishers. Many targets of “workplace mobbing” quit their jobs and spend years in therapy. A few commit suicide. Some, like Demers, fight back with free speech lawsuits. Most lose. Demers wins, but the victories are bittersweet. If university administrators, journalism faculty and journalists fail to defend basic freedoms, he asks, how can society expect other organizations and citizens to defend them? Adventures of a Quixotic Professor will make you laugh, cry and scream for justice as it chronicles the personal costs and social and historical conditions of one man’s lifelong fight for social justice — a journey that culminates in a federal appeals court decision [Demers v. Austin (Washington State University)], which, for the first time in history, extends constitutional protection to teachers for on-the-job speech outside of the classroom.
Issues covered in this book:Demers v. Austin, workplace mobbing, bureaucratic bandwagon effect, anti-Enlightenment trends, adverse effect of bureaucracies on democratic processes, political impotence of social scientific research; and 40 tips for navigating bureaucratic politics.
Audiences for this book: (1) faculty and administrators at public universities and K-12 school systems, (2) sociologists and journalism/mass communication professors and their students, (3) journalists, (4) lawyers/legal scholars, (5) free speech advocates and civil libertarian organizations, (6) political scientists/historians, (7) librarians, and (8) readers curious about what happens when one individual stands his ground against billion-dollar bureaucracies.
Publication Date: September 4, 2021 (eight years after the Demers v. Austin decision)
Available through Amazon.com and Baker & Taylor, or any national book wholesaler. Other details are available below:
Copyright: 2021, publication date Sept. 4, 2021 Pages and Format: 460 pages Finish page size 6 x 9 inches Hardcover (6.25 x 9.5) stitched Includes references and index Permanent (acid-free) paper Library of Congress Cataloging Number: 2020054449 ISBN 978-1-7327197-8-9 (Hardcover) $29.95 U.S. / $36.95 CANADA
Dr. David Demers worked as a newspaper reporter, senior market researcher, and journalism and media sociology professor before embarking on a full-time writing career. He is author of 17 academic and trade books and has won numerous writing, research and free speech awards.
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A Practical, Open-Minded Approach Media Ethics for Studying Ethics in the Mass Media
Media decision makers in the West usually confront complex ethical dilemmas from a utilitarian perspective, which means they make decisions based upon "the greatest good for the greatest number."
Although the utilitarian approach has many strengths, critics point out that the final arbiter of what is best for the community falls upon the individual communicator, who is not always in a good position to make such a determination.
This book, the second edition of Contemporary Media Ethics, continues to follow the Point-of-Decision Pyramid Model introduced in the first edition. But it substitutes communitarianism in most of the analyses with non-utilitarian approaches used around the world, making this one of the most unique mass media ethics books on the market.
Mitchell Land (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is professor and dean of Regent University’s School of Communication and the Arts.
Koji Fuse (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is associate professor of strategic communication at the University of North Texas.
Bill W. Hornaday (M.J., University of North Texas) is co-researcher for the Student Media Ethics Project at Indiana University School of Journalism.
500 pages / 7 x 10 format / ISBN 978-0-9833476-2-0 / Copyright 2014 / $69.95