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Working as a full-time freelance writer for the past five years (and on a part-time basis for more than 20 years before that), I have published several non-fiction books, numerous articles for national magazines and hundreds of book reviews. Through Constant Content, I have listed many spec articles on history, technology and how-to subjects. In addition, working with several Constant Content clients, I have also had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of assigned articles, including several long-term projects. The subjects for these assignments have ranged from product descriptions (personal grooming to firearms), biographical sketches, descriptions of points in interest in various cities and popular history to highly technical pieces on computers and the Internet, medicine, engineering and business practices. On several occasions, I have been responsible for part or all of the content of e-book publications.

As a degreed librarian (MSLS, Columbia University, 1980), I bring rigorous research and bibliographic skills to my writing. I also believe that I have a particular talent for identifying and writing for a variety of audiences, allowing me to offer clients flexibility in writing styles.

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You've Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book About the Movie [Book Review]

Despite the reputation of the CIA as being a grim, often bumbling and potentially rogue agency (a view established and reinforced by Hollywood movies, of course), the agency actually has a history of engaging in some really swash-buckling, seat-of-the-pants operations. The “Argo” operation was, in many ways, well within the finest traditions of the CIA. This book, which inspired the movie Argo, describes the successful exfiltration of six Americans from Iran in January 1980 in a stunt so strange that no Hollywood producer would ever approve it as the plot of a movie.

Words: 515   Downloads: 0   Category: History   By: George Bear

A Quiet Legacy [Book Review]

A new biography of Calvin Coolidge reveals a man who served the country at a pivotal period of its history. Although little-known today, his dedication to cutting the cost of government and balancing the budget as a means to improving economic conditions should inspire anyone who wishes for the same action to be taken now.

Words: 537   Downloads: 0   Category: Politics   By: George Bear

Packing and Shipping on Valentine's Day

Sending a Valentine’s Day present in a package requires some extra care. If you can’t be there to give your gift in person, follow these five simple tips to help ensure that it arrives safely, as fresh and beautiful as when you sent it.

Words: 466   Downloads: 0   Category: Holidays   By: George Bear

Race, Restaurants and Washington [Book Review]

Review of: Snow-Storm In August by Jefferson Morley. Despite the breathless (and misleading) sub-title, this excellent book is not about a race riot. Instead, it is a small, but fascinating, view of the society, politics and economics of “Washington City” and the United States in the 1830s. Forget Francis Scott Key (he appears, but only in the wings) and the “race riot” part is over-stated in the title: The real story is about a freed slave, Beverly Snow, who moves to Washington and makes a success as a restaurateur. Small potatoes? Not really. The author uses that story to reveal a great deal of detail about the Jacksonian era of American history.

Words: 557   Downloads: 0   Category: History   By: George Bear

A Different Way to Give Back This Thanksgiving

Establish your own foundation this year: A family tradition of service on Thanksgiving day. Make it a matter of course that your family serves, in some way, together and every year. Without great wealth, or a board of directors or even great outside recognition, your family will know that this is what they do, this is part of the family tradition.

Words: 522   Downloads: 0   Category: Family   By: George Bear

Book Reviews: Awash in Books

Three books on water and its importance in human life and civilization have been published within a few months of each other. In a combined review, the three books are described and compared. Each approaches the subject in different ways, and each offers a contribution to our understanding of this important, and often neglected, source of life and wealth.

Words: 665   Downloads: 0   Category: Environmental   By: George Bear

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