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Operation Storm (Crown, 2013) tells the true but little known story of Japan’s fleet of underwater aircraft carriers purpose-built to launch a surprise attack against New York City and Washington, DC as a follow up to Pearl Harbor. The Wall Street Journal called Operation Storm, “a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account.” The book has been published in hardcover and paperback (Broadway, 2014) and been translated into Dutch, Japanese, and Mandarin. To see what the critics say click here. To visit the Operation Storm website click here. To read the first chapter for free, or purchase a copy, click on the button below.

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Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption (New Haven Publishing Ltd., 2018) answers the question: what happens when a seemingly successful husband, father, and business exec suffers a hearing loss so severe it renders him deaf? In short order, he loses his job, his house, his family, and his mind.  In the tradition of such hair-raising memoirs as A Million Little Pieces, Brain on Fire, and Girl, Interupted, Hear Today shows how one man's struggle with sudden, adult-onset, deafness, leads to a more authentic life and that it's possible to face adversity with wit, compassion, and grace-saving humor. Book Authority, which ranks nonfiction books by subject based on reviews and coverage from media outlets such as Forbes magazine, CNN etc., ranked HEAR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW No. 1 on its list of the, “38 best hearing loss books of all time.” To read the first chapter for free, or to purchase a copy, click on the button below.

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My follow up to Operation Storm---When Giants Ruled the Sky: The Brief Reign and Tragic Demise of the American Airship ,will be published by The History Press in Fall 2020. 

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Appearing (a few pounds heavier) on C-Span’s BOOKTALK.


“When John heard I had a book on the Madoff scandal he immediately read my proposal and boy, did he deliver. His recommended agent landed a book deal with McGraw Hill inside of a week. It was John’s help that made all the difference.” —J.C., national radio host