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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Tenth Island Editions (August 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9729985839
  • ISBN-13: 978-9729985836
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,386,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph C. Abdo, who prefers to be called Joe, is an American who has been living in Portugal since 1984. After a long career in health care planning and administration in California, he took a mid-life break and became an apprentice in a Portuguese ceramic tile painting factory. Although his original intent was to stay 6 months, he found the country, its people and the lifestyle to his liking and found a job teaching English as a foreign language to enable him to stay a while longer. This has turned out to be a long while and led to involvement in a variety of activities. While teaching English in the Portuguese School of Tourism he developed a great interest in the history and culture of Portugal and soon put it to use as a regular contributor to several magazines in Portugal and abroad, having more than 80 articles to his credit. His interest in writing evolved from articles to books after noting that the century-old electric trams in Lisbon attracted many tourists. As a result he wrote “Tram Tours of Lisbon”, which described the places of interest along the tram routes. Joe formed a company and provide the walking tours directly with a specialty in historical and literary tours in Lisbon for secondary schools streets, as well as tourists. During a vacation to the Azores, Joe came across a reference to the Dabney family from Boston on the island of Faia that provided three generations of American Consuls to the Azores in the 19th century and he told the story of this important but unknown American family in the book “On the Edge of History”. Joe Abdo also published “The Quiet Radical,” the biography of Samuel Longfellow, youngest brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was influential in the radical social and religious movements of the 19th century. Joe recently published the story of Portuguese Jesuit Padre Antonio de Andrade, first European to cross the Himalayas to the Kingdom of Guge in western Tibet where he established a mission. The title of the recently published book is "The Christian Discovery of Tibet". He also performed in more than 20 plays with the English-language theater group in Lisbon and acted in several films, musicals and plays for foreign companies in Lisbon. Joe’s background in health care in California was discovered and he was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the British Hospital in Lisbon and later became its CEO. Joe has now retired and travels between Lisbon and Hollywood, where he has been in a few films.

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I am an American who lived in Portugal from 1984 until I retired in 2007. After a long career in health care planning and administration in California, I took a mid-life break and became an apprentice in a Portuguese ceramic tile painting factory. Although I intended to stay 6 months, I found the country, its people and the lifestyle to my liking and found a job teaching English as a foreign language to be able to stay longer. My background in health care in California was discovered and I was asked onto the Board of Directors of the British Hospital in Lisbon and later became its CEO.

While teaching English in the Portuguese School of Tourism, I developed a great interest in the history and culture of Portugal. I soon became a regular contributor to several magazines in Portugal and abroad, having published more than 80 articles.

My writing evolved from articles to books. After seeing how the century-old electric trams in Lisbon attracted many tourists, I wrote "Tram Tours of Lisbon", which described the places of interest along the tram routes. It has been updated and republished. A similar book describing walking tours in Lisbon transformed into a company providing walking tours directly with a specialty in historical and literary tours in Lisbon for secondary schools, as well as tourists.

During a vacation to the Azores, I came across a reference to the Dabney family from Boston in a tourist brochure on the island of Faial. However, there was little information about this family. I decided that I had to tell the story of this important but unknown American family that provided three generations of American Consuls to the Azores in the 19th century. My family biography of the Dabneys is in the book "On the Edge of History".

Next, I wrote and published "The Quiet Radical," the biography of Samuel Longfellow, youngest brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Samuel was influential in the radical, social and religious movements of 19th century New England.

My third book was the story of Portuguese Jesuit Padre Antonio de Andrade, first European to cross the Himalayas from India to Tsaparang in the kingdom of Guge in western Tibet. He established a mission there and provided information on 17th-century Tibet and the Jesuit activities in India. The book is entitled "The Christian Discovery of Tibet".

On my return to California I decided to try my hand at fiction and scriptwriting. My script entitled "Mary" is about a freed slave who was in the spy ring of Elizabeth Van Lew in Richmond, VA. It was made into a short film in early 2013.

I am working on a fantasy story about Los Angeles almost a century ago and have found that writing fiction is very different than nonfiction. I also have other writing projects in development

Amidst my writing, I was involved with the local English-language theater group in Lisbon and performed in more than 20 plays. In addition, I was an actor in several films, musicals and plays for foreign companies doing productions in Lisbon, as well as a radio announcer for the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon. I currently am working as an actor, writer and producer in Hollywood, where I grew up.












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Valuable addition to the history of incursion of Christianity in Tibet. Repetition of information and frequent spelling mistakes takes away some credit.
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