Writing Irish

If I had known what fun it is "Writing Irish," I would have started half a century ago. Maybe I was so slow to go Irish due to my Scots blood. Our bookshelves at home were loaded with Burns, Scott, MacDonald and Stevenson.  Mighty bards and storytellers, but a different branch of the Gaels. But I should have been infected young by all those great Irish authors I read in school -- Swift, Moore, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce -- who kept Literature classes from being dull. And I should have taken clues from all those rowdy Irish newspapermen I worked with as a young journalist, who kept the newsroom alive with eloquence and laughter. It was never dull there, either. Language was music.  But always the slow learner, I was in my seventies and had written a dozen books before I ever came up with an Irishman for a protagonist. I created Paddy Quinn as a lowly Army camp errand boy in the Mexican War, in my novel Saint Patrick's Battalion. Irish immigrants were hated and abused in the United States in those days, and many Irish soldiers deserted the American Army to fight on the side of Catholic Mexico. The boy Quinn saw all that drama happening. Paddy had learned to read, and he scribbled in a diary and a sketchbook, and evolved toward manhood in that war writing, and, therefore, thinking big. He was on the way to becoming a somebody instead of just a scorned servant. And because he was of the bardic Irish race, he had certain characteristic strengths, talents, and weaknesses that made me feel young again. By the end of that novel, I was so hooked on writing Irish that young Quinn grew up to be a famous Civil War correspondent in my next novel, Fire in the Water. It was issued last fall by this publisher -- who happens to be, by the way, a cheery Irishman by the name of Doherty. A Happy Saint Patrick's Day to us all -- with a tip o' the hat to me own St. Andrew.  ~ James Alexander Thom

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Happy Anniversary Cardinal Publishers Group!

Happy anniversary Cardinal Publishers Group! Today we turn 16 years old. It seems like only yesterday when Tom and Adriane Doherty launched Cardinal Publishers Group with two lines and five titles. They were packing orders of adult non-fiction books from a small section of a warehouse on the far west side of Indianapolis. Today, our eastside warehouse is buzzing with orders being picked, packed, and shipped out. And we certainly have more than five titles to send. A variety of sports, health and fitness, true crime, business, cookbooks, biographies, fiction and children’s titles from many independent publishers go out of our doors. As a national book distributor since March 10, 2000, Cardinal Publishers Group helps independent publishers enter the book market. We endeavor to provide the best possible full service book distribution to our clients – whether they are big or small. Our book distribution services include sales, warehousing, fulfillment, billing & collection, customer service, digital conversion and distribution, metadata management, and more. We also manage the distribution of both print books and e-books. Additional services include print production, design, and marketing. “It’s been a lot of fun through the years and great to watch the growth of our clients and the many books that we distribute. I’m also thankful for our dedicated, hardworking staff, and our loyal customers,” President of Cardinal Publishers Group, Tom Doherty, reflected. "It's been a great ride and I've enjoyed working with our clients and customers throughout the years." Adriane Doherty shared. “Although many book distributors have warehouses in Indiana, our headquarters and our warehouse is located in Indianapolis, Indiana – the Crossroads of America,” Doherty went on to say proudly. Happy Anniversary Cardinal Publishers Group! To learn more about the books we distribute, have a look at our latest catalog. You can also get more information about us by clicking here. We would love to answer any questions you have, a qualified staff member is ready to help you, give us a call (317)352-8200 or contact us here! Until next time ~ Ginger Bock and the CPG Blog Team

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Jewish Senators Didn’t Stand Up for Pollard

By Elliot Goldenberg Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Naval Intelligence analyst who received a life sentence for spying for the Israelis during the mid-1980’s and was released from prison on Friday, November 20, thirty years nearly to the day after his arrest – could have become a free man during the presidency of Bill Clinton, according to a report by an Israeli journalist. As I note in my book, SPY OF DAVID, back in December of 2011, that journalist, Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, reported a charge by a longtime Pollard advocate, attorney Alan Dershowitz, that Bill Clinton might have actually freed Pollard, in 2000, if Jewish senators had only stood up for him. According to Gedalyahu, at the 2011 annual Israel Business Forum, Dershowitz revealed that he had raised the subject of Pollard to Clinton, who, in 2000, was approaching the end of his term. “Clinton told me,” said Dershowitz, ‘How can you expect me to release Jonathan Pollard when your own senators wrote me a letter not to release him’.” I immediately recalled the article author John Loftus wrote in 2003 that appeared in Moment Magazine in which Loftus argued that the reason Jewish leaders didn’t rally to Pollard’s side, early on, was because, prior to Pollard’s sentencing in March of 1987, Senator Chic Hecht had urged them not to. Upon reading this, I couldn’t help but think of the conversation motion picture producer Suzanne Migdall said she had with the late senator when they sat next to each other on a flight to the Bahamas. Hecht, who, in my opinion, was fed faulty information by the CIA, told Suzanne that the case was “a lot worse than you think. It goes so high up, you have no idea.” What Hecht told those Jewish leaders, Loftus claimed in his 2003 Moment Magazine piece about Pollard, was that Pollard’s spy operation had cost the lives of U.S. moles behind the Iron Curtain – something we now know was the work of spies Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. As for Pollard, his fate was arguably made into a bargaining chip – his release a bone thrown to the Israelis, no doubt tied into the Obama administration’s unpopular nuclear deal with Iran.   Now, twenty-five years later, the debate over America’s most controversial spy has again been rekindled. Elliot Goldenberg is the author of The Hunting Horse and The Spy Who Knew Too Much. He has written thousands of published articles and has interviewed dozens of national and world leaders; has cultivated numerous contacts in the intelligence3 community. He has received many prestigious awards, including the Florida Press Club Award, for Investigative Reporting and the national Simon Rockower Award, also for Investigative Reporting. Eliot is a public speaker who has often appeared on radio and TV, including CNN.  The preceding was brought to you by CPG News & Information.  

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