To sample my work, click on Books in the top menu or scroll down for an overview of:
The Tao of Sales: The Easy Way to Sell in Tough Times
The Life and Times of Miller Bugliari
Blood Brothers: Courage and Treachery on the Shores of Tripoli
The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age: Another Henry Doyle Novel
Doppelganger: An American Spy in World War Two France
This site and blog are grounded in the three values that form the center of my life:
Love vs. Hate
Courage vs. Fear
Clarity vs. Confusion
I’m 76 years old. I feel these values have never in all those years been so threatened as they are today. The appalling degeneration of our political and governmental processes — as highlighted in the current national election — compels me to take a stand. I don’t believe I can influence anything at a national level. I have concentrated my efforts, therefore, in my home town, by championing the values I believe in, and opposing hate, fear and confusion — and their outcome, political corruption and public apathy. For a taste of that commitment and its expression in community action, go to: http://www.longhillnj.gov/PB/MPC.html After two decades as a teacher, and three decades as a management consultant, I’m now a writer. My topics are diverse: a book on ethical selling (I don’t think I sold a lot of copies at Wells Fargo), a biography of a high school coach who epitomizes the synthesis of championship performance and deeply ethical values, and my novels that explore the meaning of these values in fictional worlds. You can experience that exploration by going to books. I’ve resisted the impulse to write politically-themed blog posts. We live in a media and social media world that has become so mired in hate, fear and confusion that my voice would be drowned out in the noise. I will start blogging more, now, on how all of us can make a difference at the local level. We are living though the most appalling, angrily divisive political election since the run up to the Civil War. The deep issues that so starkly divide us are, not surprisingly, the same as in the 1850’s. We fight now with words, not bullets; but we’re headed their again. My prayer is that as a nation, we come to our senses so that we don’t tear ourselves apart again.
In The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age, the sequel to Blood Brothers, a 55-year-old Henry Doyle comes out of retirement in 1815 to foil Napoleon’s attempt to enlist Shiite militia in the Balkans against the Russian and Austrian armies marching to join the British at Waterloo. His capture by the Algerians sets in motion desperate efforts to rescue him by his wife Dihya and his half-brother Peter Kirkpatrick, a former US Navy captain. To preview sample chapters, click here.
I’m currently pitching the book to agents and publishers. In a copy of weeks you’ll be able to order examination copies from Amazon.com. I’ll keep you posted.
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The furor over Donald Trump’s increasingly pitiful, dangerous insistence that the election is being “stolen” from him by the evil forces of tyranny abetted by a corrupted media, should be an early warning call. The spirit of violent rebellion is rising again against the injustice and corruption of a government that has stopped listening to, serving, and respecting its people.
Rebellion is deeply woven into the fabric of America’s existence. We are, as the ancient Romans would have understood, Janus-faced: one part of our instinctive, permanent character is loyalty, the other rebellion. But our survival as a democracy “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” depends on our ability to manage that inner conflict without ripping ourselves apart as a nation.
From the authors of the Big Lie
“…In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.
Since its publication, readers have responded with comments like this one from Jamie S. Walters, Founder of Ivy Sea Inc., and author of Big Vision, Small Business: ” I find myself going back to this book by E. Thomas Behr again and again for inspiring and implementable reminders. I find that title misleading; this is a book about integrity-based thinking and relationship-building, so it goes well beyond the sales process. “
Walter Schwein, an American studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, eagerly volunteers to help the American fledgling spy organization at the start of World War II by becoming a deep cover “sleeper” living as a French citizen in the north of France. He is activated in March 1944 to report on German troop movements and beach defenses before the D-Day invasion. But he doesn’t know that his government, in sending him to Calais instead of Normandy, plans to sell him out to the Gestapo in order to mislead the Nazis with false information about the Allies’ real landing destination. To sample chapters from Doppelganger, click here.