I’m going to take someof my own advice, and press pause on my blog for a few weeks this summer. Regular postings will return in the fall. In the meantime, I’m pressing to meet deadlines, will transition to other projects, and will hopefully spend some time with my family while the sun is out, (as I encourage y’all to do, too).
Thanks to everyone for reading this blog this year, particularly my top three commenters, Tobi, Yuri, and Kaylee.
Much appreciated, all.
Welcome New Syndicates!
Welcome two new syndicates to the Men Who Lead Well family.
Select essays of mine will run at Patheos in a compilation blog titled A FEW GROWN MEN along with fellow writers James Pence, Rick Johnson, and Jonathan McKee.
Then, the good folks at Art of Manliness (a truly excellent e-zine), are set to run about one post a month of mine. See the first essay HERE.
People have asked what I’ve been up to this past year.
It’s been a year of literary collaborations, and I want to give you a quick preview of one of the exciting books on the horizon.
VOICES OF THE PACIFIC (Penguin/ Berkley Caliber, May 2013), by Adam Makos with Marcus Brotherton
Adam Makos (co-founder of Valor Studios) and I teamed up this past year to develop the much-awaited oral history project featuring the WWII Marines featured in the HBO miniseries The Pacific.
These veterans—Marines who fought in the Pacific—are national treasures. They endured unspeakable horrors, came home to America, and more than sixty-seven years later are still alive today.
In this book you’ll experience the shock they felt as boys when Pearl Harbor was bombed. You’ll feel the jolt of boot camp as civilian civility is thrown out the window to turn boys into men. You’ll sail with them to the island of Guadalcanal for their harrowing first battles as Marines as they square off against a seasoned and vicious foe.
They’ll take you to Australia for a raucous R&R, then back to the gunfire in the rainforests of Cape Gloucester, the coral ridges of Peleliu, the black sands of Iwo Jima, and the mud of Okinawa.
In the end, they’ll bring you home, as they once returned, triumphant, joyous, yet tormented by the loss of so many friends.
Watch for pre-order availability of VOICES OF THE PACIFIC in upcoming months.
Book is slated for a May 2013 release.
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