Recent Publications

Posted January 25, 2023.

The Taliban in Texas


Classmate Jack Maresca has published a new novel — his second, along with a much longer list of serious publications based on his long international experience. The new novel, called “The Taliban in Texas” stars Jack’s favorite action hero in new adventures which take place in Afghanistan and elsewhere. It is a fast-moving story inspired by the ancient Afghan saying that “When strong winds blow, the wise take shelter.” Jack spent some of his professional life working with, and in, Afghanistan (and other remote regions of the world) and has drawn on his experience in writing this book. “The Taliban in Texas” is published by Edition Noema, a subsidiary of Ibidem Verlag, based in Germany but is part of the Columbia University Press, and is available through the Ibidem website and other places online.

Posted November 14, 2022.

Classmate John Lockton writes: “In our fifteenth reunion book I wrote about the importance of having change in one’s life. My life has been one of constant change–trial law, publishing, international marketing, cable television, telecommunications, international cellular radio, Wall Street finance, UN Mission to West Africa, venture capital, Silicon Valley start ups. I tragically lost two wives in the process, both in sudden, dramatic fashion. Recently I’ve had the great good fortune of having Jayne Wood, a remarkable and very beautiful woman, become my third wife. Don’t think I deserve it but boy am I happy. Still run, not so fast anymore, and play competitive tennis thanks to the top spin lob.

Odyssey’s Child“The reason I’ve come out of the brotherhood of silence to contact you is still another career change. Surprising myself, and everybody who knows me, I’ve become a published author of novels. The first in a series of three, Odyssey’s Child, was published by Waterside Productions earlier this year and is available on Amazon to excellent reviews. It is Life of Pi set in the Caribbean with a little bit of Heart of Darkness and The Alchemist thrown in, a mostly true-life 1,500 mile voyage through the Caribbean with perils on land and sea much as in the original Odyssey. Those who have read it love it, a ‘can’t put it down’ read that celebrates the joy of being alive.

“Now the second novel in the trilogy, The Child of Ham, is nearing publication. Based on Hitler’s delegation to California in 1933 to capture the eugenics laws and practices of California as a basis for the eventual Holocaust, the novel tells the story of California’s efforts in Germany to secure adoption of eugenics and euthanasia, and the efforts of the Rockefeller Institute, Carnegie Mellon, and other American institutions to accomplish the same. In large part the Holocaust was birthed in California and American institutions, and at the Nuremberg trial defendants cited American law in their defense.”

Unknown Peace AgreementJack Maresca has authored a new book, called The Unknown Peace Agreement, published by Ibidem, the German subsidiary of the Columbia University Press. The book reveals the little-known story of how the final Peace Agreement for the conclusion of World War Two in Europe was negotiated and signed, at the summit level, in 1990 by all the countries which participated — in one way or another — in World War Two in Europe. Jack was the Ambassador and US negotiator for this agreement, and tells the little-known inside story of this private negotiation, which led to the summit level signing ceremony in Paris in 1990. To this day the event is virtually unknown, so Jack was motivated to tell the story of how the agreement was negotiated, and signed. He also notes, in the book, the ironies in the fact that the US negotiator for this agreement (Jack himself) was born in Italy, and arrived in the US, speaking no English, on the last ship to leave Italy before war broke out in Europe, grew up as an American because of that war, and became the US Ambassador who negotiated its formal conclusion. Full information on the book can be found on the website of the Columbia University Press; here is the direct link to the book’s page.

Jack Maresca has published a new novel, called The Russian Operation, which is available through major online book dealers. “The Russian Operation” is an international adventure story which takes place in Washington, Moscow, and remote regions of Russia, and is filled with action and suspense. The book was published by Edition Noema, an affiliate of the Columbia University Press which is based in Germany. Jack lives in Geneva, Switzerland, and has published several books and numerous book chapters and articles over the years. This is his first novel, but he is already planning a sequel. Jack can be reached at his e-mail address:

Helsinki Revisited by John J. Maresca, was published in 2015 by the Ibidem press of Stuttgart, Germany, which is an affiliate of the Columbia University Press. Copies are available through the Columbia University Press, or on the internet.

John says, “The book recounts — in personal recollection style — my role in the closing of the Cold War in Europe. The official closing was at the Paris Summit of November 19, 1990, where the ‘Charter of Paris for a New Europe’ (which I had negotiated on behalf of the USA), was signed by Presidents Bush, Gorbachev, Mitterrand, and all the other leaders of Europe and North America at that time. Bush himself proclaimed that ‘The Cold War is over,’ at the Paris conference, and since that time this has generally been recognized. Germany had been reunified by that time, and the USSR was still intact, so it was possible to reach such an agreement among the belligerent powers which had conducted the Second World War. This would not have been possible before the reunification of Germany, nor after the dissolution of the USSR, since they were two of the key adversaries which actually fought the war. I was the head of the US delegation which negotiated the official documents closing the war, and personally negotiated many of the key elements.”

Jim Cowperthwaite writes to let us know about Frank Porter’s new book, and also about one by Alex Ercklentz’s sister, Hildegard Mahoney. Click here to read the news!

Jack Killion’s book, Network All The Time

Prolific author Richard Posner is profiled in Harvard Magazine.

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