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Experience A Medical Mission Into the Depths of South Sudan Through “Ajak’s Song”, A New Book by Kenneth Waxman

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Ajak’s Song” by Kenneth Waxman.

In Kenneth Waxman’s new book, “Ajak’s Song”, released by Dog Ear Publishing, a prominent American surgeon describes his journey to a small tribal village in South Sudan with Doctors without Borders on the eve the country’s vote for independence. He uncovers many truths; about his own life journey, about the courageous people of South Sudan, and about the devastating crisis in health care that the world’s newest nation is suffering.

Today, Dr. Kenneth Waxman announces the publication of his first book, “Ajak’s Song”, the narrative of a surgeon from Santa Barbara who travels deep into the bush of sub-Saharan Africa to discover many truths about himself and about the courageous people of our world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

“Ajak’s Song” begins with the story of Ajak, a 13-year-old girl bitten by a snake, leading to disastrous consequences. Traditional healing methods don’t work, and Ajak faces amputation, which would destroy her dreams of getting married and bringing fortune to her family through her bride price. Carried in her father’s arms for two days, she finds hope at a new international health facility being established in a small Dinka village near the border of North Sudan. There, she meets Waxman, who would be her surgeon, performing multiple operations in attempt to save her leg.  Each time she awakes from her surgeries, Ajak opens her eyes and begins singing a song of hope.

Waxman shares his awe of the beauty of his surroundings, the magic of the tribal culture, and the very different and fascinating perspectives the villagers have about disease and death. He shares stories about his fellow volunteers, South Sudanese children facing death from tropical diseases, patients with violent spear and gunshot wounds, and a young Dinka man who serves as his assistant, in hopes of someday becoming a surgeon himself.  These stories provide a very personal glimpse into the heart of South Sudan, and some of the challenges the young country faces.

Photographs in “Ajak’s Song” illustrate in stark reality the medical challenges South Sudanese villagers face. Although South Sudan has now become an independent nation after decades of revolution, it is left with a terrible lack of health care, without providers or resources to fight the world’s highest rate of tropical diseases, shockingly high rates of maternal and infant deaths, and tragically untreated injuries.

As Waxman works at the clinic and gets to know its patients and helpers, the surgeon finds himself forever changed and hopeful about the country’s potential. He becomes determined to make a difference. As he writes, “I came to understand that despite the pain of the past and the trials of the present, there is an exciting future for South Sudan.”

Readers can also help change lives in South Sudan. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Future Doctors for South Sudan (www.futuredoctors.org), a nonprofit organization that works to educate young South Sudanese doctors.

Author Kenneth Waxman, a board-certified surgeon, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He did surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and then joined the UCLA faculty. He helped develop the first organized trauma system in the United States after joining the University of California, Irvine, where as Professor of Surgery, he directed the trauma center, surgical intensive care and burn units. He moved on to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he developed the first trauma center on California’s central coast and directed the hospital’s surgical training program. Waxman joined Doctors without Borders in 2010.

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For additional information, please visit www.ajakssong.com

Kenneth Waxman

Ajak’s Song

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2475-2                        220 pages                        $15.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Book Presents Eclectic Mix of Views on Life by Dirk Q. Allen

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Notes for a Book” by Dirk Q. Allen

A former journalist presents a collection of short stories, commentary and essays in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Writing takes many forms and can capture the imagination of both the writer and the reader. A longtime writer – and former newspaper editor – shares his writing in this new collection of essays, fiction, columns and observations. Author Dirk Q. Allen explores the mysterious death of a young Army sergeant, offers three novel excerpts, observations, a lecture on journalism and commentary on a variety of subjects, including Santa Claus.

“Notes for a Book” features the true story of Laura Cecere, 26, a former high school athlete and Army sergeant who disappeared from Fort Campbell in 1996 and hasn’t been found since; her jawbone was mailed to a television station the next summer but the case remains unsolved. Allen showcases his imaginative side with a few chapters of fictional stories set in Providence, R.I.; Moscow; and New York City. His commentary features subjects that run the gamut, although most loosely connect to politics. Columns on U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Abraham Lincoln’s legacy as a president, the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror and the economic embargo of Cuba mingle with a farewell to his newspaper career, singer Dusty Springfield’s death and a family wedding.

Aspiring journalists got a taste of his work with an overview lecture about a profession that requires writers to be the eyes and ears of a community and presenting “news you can use,” as he writes. Whether making thoughtful observations about hiring American workers, pithy comments about pasta or writing about a family tragedy, Allen’s writing, steeped in his years of experience as a communicator, commands attention.

Author Dirk Q. Allen, an award-winning writer, grew up in Lakewood, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) and Cincinnati and earned a degree at Brown University in Providence, R.I., serving as sports writer and sports editor at the Brown Daily Herald. Allen spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business. He was an adjunct professor for four years at Miami (Ohio) University and is director of admissions and media relations for Badin High School, a Catholic high school in Hamilton, Ohio. Allen’s first book, “Good Tears,” describes the 10-year run of Badin’s girls’ basketball program to the 1998 Ohio Division II state championship.

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For additional information, please visit www.dirkqallen.com.

Notes for a Book

Dirk Q. Allen

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2387-8                        192 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Historical Novel by David Huntley Captivating Tale of Post WWII Espionage

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Death Watch Beetle” by David E. Huntley.

This new book released by Dog Ear Publishing is a thriller set during the Cold War, featuring a young man who finds himself deep in trouble when he accidentally finds a secret message hidden in a hymnal.  Donald Harvey travels internationally as he seeks to determine the meaning behind an encryption that could put his life and the lives of those he knows and loves in danger. 

Donald Harvey is happily occupied as an employee at Trandect Engineering Ltd. in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. Donald, the star of this new novel, entertains himself with his sweetheart, a young Polish immigrant named Alijca, and he skirts the edges of danger with a lucrative black market business. His idyll, however, comes to a sharp halt when Donald unwittingly involves himself in international espionage. Some misplaced apple juice uncovers invisible ink on a stray piece of paper in a hymnal, and Donald quite naturally becomes curious. The strange series of letters is clearly a code, and Donald takes it to a cryptographer friend.

The cryptographer, Roger, is intrigued, and takes it to his contacts at MI6. The agency and their American counterparts in the Air Force brief Donald, and they bring him into their plans to apprehend a Nazi war criminal responsible for the death of thousands, as well as heading up Hitler’s super weapons projects.

 Can Donald uphold his end of the task and bring the notorious criminal to justice? Can he maintain his life as he does it, including his burgeoning romance with the beautiful Alijca, who has her own history of suffering at the hands of Russian and Nazi occupation forces?

“Death Watch Beetle” is an engaging story, creating an authentic narrative. Filled with action, adventure and romance, author David Huntley’s novel becomes an intriguing puzzle for amateur cryptographers and fiction fans alike. Huntley, a survivor of the London Blitz in WWII, now a semi-retired international businessman, lives in Texas with his French wife, Sophie, herself a survivor of Nazi occupation. Huntley has tremendous respect and admiration for the soldiers and sailors of the U.S. and Allied Armed Forces who “helped save Europe from tyranny,”  and has dedicated this book to WWII veterans. Many of their names & service are recorded for posterity in the books’ final pages.

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For additional information, please visit www.deathbeetle.com.

Death Watch Beetle

David E. Huntley

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2373-1                        312 pages                        $16.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Book Sheds Light on Lawyers Turned Presidents; Albert Lebowitz Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Legal Mind and the Presidency” by Albert Lebowitz.

A novelist with a law degree explores the effects of legal minds on the presidency in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Everybody knows a lawyer joke or two, but what’s not as well known is the effect of the legal mind on the U.S. presidency. That’s a problem, author Albert Lebowitz points out in his new book, because 27 of the 44 presidents since the nation’s founding have been lawyers. For instance, although hundreds of books and articles have been written about Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, little emphasis has been placed on both of them earning degrees from Ivy League law schools, being constitutional law professors and having wives who also graduated from Ivy League law schools and practiced law.

“The Legal Mind and the Presidency” explores what Lebowitz calls a “deep, persistent, historical American hostility toward being governed by law and lawyers,” even as the American people revel in the fact that even the president is not above the law. Legal dramas like Watergate serve to highlight constitutional violations and threaten the people with those who have real power: lawyers. Lebowitz writes that the U.S. form of government requires an “enlightened and educated lawyer group to fuel its checks, to provide its balances.” He believes having someone with legal training as president can be a good thing, noting that non-lawyers rely more heavily on intuitive, simplistic decisions based on an elusive sense of right and wrong.

Lebowitz breaks down different types of lawyers who have occupied the White House, summarizing each type and providing an in-depth analysis and examples. The first section is lawyer rule-skepticism and includes presidencies of John and Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, James Polk and Richard Nixon. The second section is lawyer moralism in the presidency and its adherents including Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The third section features lawyer formalism and the presidencies of men such as Martin Van Buren, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft Clinton and Obama. This book brings a fresh perspective on the legal minds who have held the nation’s highest office.

This is the fourth book for author Albert Lebowitz, whose collection of short stories, “A Matter of Days,” was published by the Louisiana State University Press. His other books, published by Random House, are the novels “Laban’s Will” and “The Man Who Wouldn’t Say No.” Lebowitz, who has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, wrote an article on the Supreme Court for the Akron Law Review. He is already working on his next novel.

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For additional information, please visit www.allebworks.com.

The Legal Mind and the Presidency

Albert Lebowitz

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1798-3                        216 pages                        $15.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.