Podcast: Meet Dr. Michael Provitera, Author of Mastering Self-Motivation

Podcast: Pamela Bitterman Author of Sailing to the Far Horizon, Muzungu, and When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read

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Book Spotlight: Meet Jasha Levi, Author of Requiem for a Country

PODCAST SCHEDULED

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Duration: 30 minutes

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SUMMARY

Requiem for a Country is a story about just one man, but it is also a history lesson on a generation and its century.

The Last Exile, a 2009 memoir, was his first title written in English. His second one, Requiem for a Country, completed on his 90th birthday, is about the dissolution of what used to be a harmonious coexistence of multiethnic people of Yugoslavia, as well as about the destruction of Sephardic life in Bosnia.

Requiem for a Country is a fascinating story, one full of insight into the rapidly receding past. This is also an informative book, which a history professor might assign to stimulate research and discussion in a course on Eastern Europe, Cold War, Mussolini’s racial laws and the current controversy over the saving of Jews in Italy, and other topics related to WWII.

AUTHOR BIO

Born Jewish in 1921 in Sarajevo, I felt the ripples of Hitler’s rise to power in Europe, took part in student demonstrations which overthrew the pro-Nazi Belgrade government in 1941, escaped capture by the German Quislings, and became a rubric in the Geneva Convention as Civilian Internee of War in Asolo, Italy. There I taught school to refugee children and took them to matriculate at the Venice Ghetto schools. After the fall of Mussolini in 1943, I fled again from invading German troops and lived underground in Rome until in June 1944 general Clark liberated it. Back in Dalmatia, on the Adriatic Coast of Yugoslavia, I fought against the German troops until the end of war in Europe.

As a barely 24-year old Yugoslav newsman, I covered the Paris Peace Conference in 1946. In 1948, I was editor of the center spread of the government daily Borba in Belgrade, dedicated to the Tito-Stalin rift. We had standing orders to report to our stations in the mountains should the Soviets invade Yugoslavia, but they didn’t and life continued normally. In 1951 I reported from the Korean Peace Talks in Panmunjom and in 1953 got a permanent assignment to the UN and the White House. By that time I had four book on foreign policy published in Serbo-Croatian.

In November 1956 I sought asylum in New York in protest over Tito’s refusal to support the Hungarian Revolution in the Security Council, presided at the time by the Yugoslav Ambassdor. I got my five minutes of fame in The New York Times front-page article and went on to make it in New York, starting as an electrician helper on a Wall Street brokerage construction, a draftsman for the renovation of a steakhouse and a hotel in Manhattan, freelancer for PARADE and The New Republic, toy salesman at Saks Fifth Avenue and finally as an embosser at the lowest rung of Recording for the Blind (RFB).

Later, as RFB’s Associate Director, I introduced raised line drawings to accompany recorded texbooks and developed a 4-track, half speed system for economical cassette recording used also by the Library of Congress for the next 25 years, when wireless digital recording took over.

After retiring in 1948, I took to gardening, lecturing and writing about life in the turbulence of the 20th Century.

LINKS TO JASHA LEVI

Jasha Levi’s Website

Jasha Levi’s LinkedIn Profile

Jasha Levi at Twitter

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Requiem for a Country is available at the following online locations:

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Book Spotlight: Dr. Michael Provitera, Author of Mastering Self-Motivation

PODCAST SCHEDULED

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Duration: 30 minutes

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SUMMARY

Mastering Self-Motivation, Preparing Yourself for Personal Excellence: Within this enlightening and inspiring book, Dr. Michael Provitera asserts that the secret to motivation is you—your internal dialogue with yourself coupled with your innate will to succeed. He will help you to tap into your own unique motivational fingerprint to turn your dreams into reality. What is it that you want? Perhaps it is climbing up the corporate ladder, increasing financial independence, or making a name for yourself. Whatever it is, the tools to motivate yourself are located within the text of this book.

AUTHOR BIO

Dr. Michael Provitera is an expert in motivation and the Founder and President of Motivational Leadership Training. He conducts motivational seminars for college students and corporate clients.

Dr. Provitera has conducted motivational seminars for college students at Saint Peter’s College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Johnson and Wales, and Barry University. He has worked as a manager for corporate giants such as Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.

Dr. Provitera was trained in Situational Leadership at the Center for Leadership Studies in Escondido, California. He earned his doctorate in management and an MBA in finance and teaches management to both graduate and undergraduate students. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife and two children.

LINKS TO DR. MICHAEL PROVITERA

Dr. Provitera’s Website

Dr.  Provitera’s Page on Amazon.com

Dr. Provitera’s Facebook Page

Dr. Provitera’s LinkedIn Profile

Dr. Provitera’s on Twitter

BUY THE BOOK

Mastering Self-Motivation is available at the following online locations:

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

DocProv.com

Book Spotlight: Pamela Bitterman Author of Sailing to the Far Horizon, Muzungu, and When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read

PODCAST SCHEDULED

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Duration: 30 minutes

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BOOK SUMMARIES

Sailing to the Far Horizon: The Restless Journey and Tragic Sinking of a Tall Ship

Autobiographical Master-and-Commander-meets-A-Perfect-Storm tale features adventure, quirky characters, and tragedyWhen Pam Bitterman talks of her experiences on the adventurous but ill-fated Sofia in her late twenties, you can hear that this is a story she feels she can’t keep to herself. Lucky for us, she hasn’t, because the result is a book in a class by itself.

Bitterman joined the crew of the old-fashioned tall ship to see the world and to prove to herself she could handle it. In the end, she also got a grim sort of “growth experience” she hadn’t bargained for, when the Sofia sank during a storm off New Zealand.

And so Bitterman came away with not only a plethora of fascinating tales of world exploration and personal dynamics, but also the wisdom of one who has truly grown through adversity.

Muzungu

Muzungu, the Swahili word for white folk, translated literally means “confused person wandering about.” During the author’s months working and traveling through Kenya, this description fits her to a tee. Her audacious Kenyan adventure makes for a bucket load of anecdotes and impressions born of heart and hands-on experience.

When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read: A Story of Hope and Friendship for One Young Kenyan Orphan

No one knows the story of Kenya better than the children who live it. Pamela Bitterman had the opportunity to travel to this country and become immersed with the families there. The result is a 1500-word nonfiction children’s picture book containing over 70 unique and original color images. This true story of one little boy is told in his own words.

AUTHOR BIO

Pam Bitterman is an explorer in every sense of the word, she has been a mediator, a teacher of maritime history and seamanship at the San Diego Maritime Museum, a devoted mother, and much more. She sailed for many years of her life. The incredible story of her first voyages, those on the tall ship Sofia, was burning inside her for nearly three decades, and as she raised her family, she pursued the writing of this book, her first.

LINKS TO PAMELA BITTERMAN

Pamela Bitterman Website

Pamela Bitterman at Amazon.com

Pamela Bitterman LinkedIn Profile

BUY THE BOOKS

Pamela Bitterman’s books are available at the following online locations:

Amazon.com

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