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We delve into the minds of the writers of new books on an array of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. We talk with seasoned and new authors; longtime writers and those of different professions with an intriguing story to tell. Enjoy the show here on Spreaker, other digital outlets and our website: http://www.bookspectrum.com

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    • Society & Culture

We delve into the minds of the writers of new books on an array of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. We talk with seasoned and new authors; longtime writers and those of different professions with an intriguing story to tell. Enjoy the show here on Spreaker, other digital outlets and our website: http://www.bookspectrum.com

    S3 E12 - Marilyn Monroe as You Never Knew Her with Jay Margolis

    S3 E12 - Marilyn Monroe as You Never Knew Her with Jay Margolis

    Many know Marilyn Monroe as the iconic movie star through her on-screen persona. On Book Spectrum's Season 3 finale, we will bring you a look the Hollywood legend as you never knew her, far from the spotlight.
    Biographer Jay Margolis, author of ‘My Maril, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Hollywood and Me.” tells Marilyn's personal story through the eyes of Terry Karger, whose family were close friends of the sliver screen legend dating back to when she was known as "Norma Jeane" and the young narrator's babysitter.
    Jay discusses Terry's memories of Ms. Monroe, who she really was when not pretending to be the "dizzy blonde" sterrotype, how Marilyn was an influence in Terry's own life and career, her loves and relationships away from the paparazzi and tabloids as well as both Jay's and Terry's thoughts on the mysterious circumstances surrounding the acclaimed actress' death.
    In the book, Terry also recalls her interactions and personal relationships with other members of the Hollywood Hierarchy like Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman and many more.

    Pick the book up here: My Maril: Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Hollywood, and Me: Karger, Terry, Margolis, Jay, Reagan, Michael: 9781637583265: Amazon.com: Books

    About Terry Karger: Terry Karger graduated from the University of Southern California in 1963, one year after Marilyn Monroe's death. She taught at Crescent Heights Elementary and would later teach at Westwood Elementary where her students had parents such as Micky Dolenz, Millie Perkins, Ronny Cox, and Richard Pryor.

    About Jay Margolis: New York Times bestselling author Jay Margolis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California and became a Jesse Unruh Research Scholar for his paper on African American Reparations. On October 15, 2014, The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. accepted Margolis's book The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed for display at the 37th Annual Book Fair & Authors' Night, in partnership with Politics & Prose. The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed was translated into Italian, French, and Russian and became a New York Times bestseller. Jay Margolis appeared in the 2014 United Kingdom documentary, directed by Renny Bartlett, titled The Missing Evidence: The Death of Marilyn Monroe, a Blink Films production in association with the Smithsonian Channel.

    • 27 min
    S3 E11 - Psychic Detective Nancy Orlen Weber

    S3 E11 - Psychic Detective Nancy Orlen Weber

    Have you ever watched a true crime program where a psychic was recruited to aid investigators with the solving of a crime or perhaps to find a missing person and wondered how they were able to do that? Joining us on Book Spectrum is Nancy Orlen Weber who has worked difficult and high profile cases and wrote about many of them in her book, The Life of a Psychic Detective.

    During our conversation, Nancy discusses how she got into helping solve crimes and some of her most interesting investigations. While she has been instrumental in murder cases, she also tells of times when her talents led to happier endings like the finding of a missing loved one.

    The book is not only about her work as a psychic detective, but a primer on how the reader can tap into his or her own intuitive talents.

    Find out more about Nancy Orlen Weber and how to pick up her book on her website: The Life of a Psychic Detective - Nancy Orlen Weber

    • 25 min
    S3 E10- A Natural History of Humanity as Told by an Alien Visitor

    S3 E10- A Natural History of Humanity as Told by an Alien Visitor

    Many of us have wondered what an alien civilization might discover about us long after the extinction of humanity as well as what might lead to society’s demise. Author and Modern-Day Philosopher Ishi Nobu explores this from foreign planet scholars’ point of view in his new book, The Story of Humanity: Ecology & Consequence.



    While exploring mankind’s history through the lens of visiting Anthropologic scholars decades beyond its end, not unlike modern humans of the same profession have done to explain discoveries pertaining to their observances of our own ancient civilizations. Such an approach by Nobu offers a surreal element to the way our story might be told through what we may leave behind as we of modern times are the mystery being unlocked and explored.

    Ishi Nobu is an independent scholar & guru who conveys his deep comprehension of Nature and reality. These efforts are displayed in his comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Nature, human endeavor, and spirituality. His previous books: The Red Pill: Mastering The Matrix; Clarity: The Path Inside; Unraveling Reality: Behind the Veil of Existence; and the 8-book Spokes of the Wheel cycle: The Science of Existence, The Web of Life, The Elements of Evolution, The Ecology of Humans, The Echoes of The Mind, The Fruits of Civilization, The Pathos of Politics, and The Hub of Being.

    Nobu is renowned for deliberate, incisive scholarship. He has the rare talent of drawing insights from multiple disciplines and weaving them into a revealing consilience. Follow Nobu on Twitter @ishinobu_actual.

    • 37 min
    S3 E09- The Devil's Calling: Will Over-Reliance on Tech and AI Wilt Our Humanity?

    S3 E09- The Devil's Calling: Will Over-Reliance on Tech and AI Wilt Our Humanity?

    Imagine a world where technology allows for direct interface between the human brain and quantum computers, exponentially increasing the creative abilities of humanity and holding the potential to make war, hunger, poverty, pandemics and other human suffering obsolete. When human capability is enhanced by that much, how does ego resist the temptation toward power and control? What would happen if an ultimate technological power gets into the wrong hands – those who further seek to link minds directly through this quantum computer into an augmented hive-mind?

    A sequel to his first offering, The Lost Theory, Michael Kelley takes the reader to the characters’ lives nine years later in the thrilling sci-fi adventure, The Devil’s Calling.

    Kelley mixes mystery, science-fiction, philosophy, spirituality and action in this globe-spanning thriller of a novel. As in the previous book, the story centers around Sean McQueen and Emily Edens, the latter nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics, finding themselves thrust into the position of having to save the world with the help of friends and an AI the two befriended.

    On the surface, Kelley takes the reader around the planet for an intriguing high-tech experience while at the same time leading a similar tour of McQueen’s mind, inner conflict and feelings for Emily.

    For those in our listening audience who enjoy the proverbial “Easter Eggs” within books and other creations, Kelley offers nods to some of the great classic rock artists sprinkled throughout the book.

    Michael Kelley fell in love with literature and creative writing while at the University of Pennsylvania. He put this passion to the side during a lengthy career on Wall Street, where he worked as a lawyer, built an international business, and founded his own investment management firm. After leaving the financial world, he engaged in studies of quantum physics, Eastern mysticism, and philosophy. From these studies, he developed a "Theory of Everything" which became the basis of his novels.

    After years of life in New York City, Michael now lives in the peaceful woods of Dutchess County with his wife and daughter. There, he enjoys meditation, yoga, wine, reading, and hiking, all of which inspire his writing.

    • 20 min
    S3 E08- Dan Shyti Breaks Down the Systematic Gaslighting of Many Americans in His Latest Book

    S3 E08- Dan Shyti Breaks Down the Systematic Gaslighting of Many Americans in His Latest Book

    In his timely new book, American Gaslighting: How America is Being Systematically Taught to Hate Itself, author Daniel A. Shyti provides an in-depth analysis of human psychology and historical precedent demonstrating how Americans are being manipulated into hating their own country to serve the ends of political extremists who have propagandized entertainment, education and several other aspects of the culture. Dan breaks this down and discusses how he did his research on this episode of Book Spectrum.

    Shyti minces no words about this manipulation, stating, “We need to blow the lid off woke ideology and expose it for what it really is – Marxism in disguise. The goal is to systematically deceive Americans into hating their own country. Its central tactic is pervasive gaslighting, a psychological ploy designed to make people doubt the reality that is right under their noses. "

    “There wasn’t one specific event that triggered me to write this book,” says Shyti. “Rather, it was a build-up over time as I observed the egregious assaults on the American identity and the blatant self-hatred that the left is determined to create. As I heard the lies coming from the left, I noticed that they grew more and more outrageous, and it became obvious to me that the left was engaged in creating an alternate reality - persistent gaslighting intended to induce Americans to hate their own country.”

    Daniel A. Shyti is a professional speaker, leadership expert, speech coach, political commentator, author, and patriot. After graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Pratt Institute and serving in the Army for four years, Dan made the transition to private industry. There he dedicated himself to being a good leader and eventually became the Vice President of a Fortune 100 technology company, until he left to start his own leadership training company.

    Dan founded 4 Power Leadership, with the goal of creating personal transformation through teaching the art of leadership. Dan is the author of 4 Power Leadership: Your Pathway to Leadership Success and Ten Timeless Rules for Life: Things Every Young Person Should Know for a Perfect Launch. His third book, American Gaslighting: How America is Being Systemically Taught to Hate Itself, examines political ideology in a combined context context of human nature, logical thought, and historical perspective to expose and counter Marxism cloaked as “woke ideology.” Shyti passionately believes that identity politics is destroying America and that Americans need to unite under the one identity that matters – the American Identity – and commit to the Constitution as our unifying framework. Daniel and his wife live in Sterling, VA.

    • 33 min
    S3 E07- Mia's Odyssey: After an Abusive Marriage, Mia Odeh Takes Back Her Soul

    S3 E07- Mia's Odyssey: After an Abusive Marriage, Mia Odeh Takes Back Her Soul

    Mia Odeh was Imprisoned in an abusive marriage, but how can a woman whose culture emphasizes female submission escape the clutches of her husband? Mia Odeh shares her journey and how she finally re-took control of her live in the revealing new memoir, Mia’s Odyssey: Taking Back My Soul.
    In the book, Mia revisits her life story, beginning in Palestine at age sixteen, where she was forced into an arranged marriage. After being brought to the United States, Mia realizes that her marriage is not only unwanted, it is unsafe, as she experiences routine sexual and physical assault. Mia’s Odyssey shines an unflinching light on the horrors of domestic abuse and reveals how a survivor with enough determination can find the resources to forge a path to freedom.

    “Sometimes you have to get a little distance from something before you can really see it,” Mia says. “From the time I was sixteen years my husband surrounded me like a putrid fog, permeating every minute of every day and completely blocking the sun from entering my life. When my husband left us behind in Arizona and moved to Michigan for work I began to see him as he really was, nothing more than a small, evil, isolated creature. I made it my goal to keep my children pure, to keep them from ever becoming like their father.”

    • 19 min

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