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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456538675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456538675
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former Senior Creative Director at international advertising agencies N.W. Ayer and Campbell-Ewald, Ron Phillips has helmed campaigns for megabrands ranging from AT&T to United Airlines. As a commercial director, he has won every major advertising award, including Gold and Silver Lions at Cannes. In addition to writing and directing the PG-rated motion picture FunnyCar Summer, Phillips has produced a number of CINE award-winning children’s films. His written work has appeared in Reader's Digest, TV Guide and the Detroit Free Press, for which Phillips was a features writer. Ron and his wife, Linda, currently reside in Ojai, California with their Goldendoodle, Max, and their one-eyed cat, Tux. An active supporter of several local arts organizations, Phillips is a board member of the Ojai Music Festival and the Ojai Film Society. Donnyboy is his first novel.

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Ron Phillips was a major ad agency creative director, a Cannes award winning commercial film director, a major magazine and newspaper contributor and now a novelist. DONNYBOY is his very personal story based on his family and his experiences as a boy in a small South Dakota town in 1945. There he became acquainted with German POW's who had been brought over to try to save the town bridge from the flooding and raging Missouri River. These were the closing months of America's war with Germany. Many of the Natzi's atrocities were coming to light. America's sentiment ran strong against all Germans. Yet, Ron got to know the POW's and came to realize many were just as decent as our boys. They were most often conscripted against their will by the Nazis. As Ron grew older, he often talked about this experience with others. People were fascinated by it. Few realized we had German POW's here. Over the years Ron worked on the story the rare times he had time from his work or family. Finally, he and his wife Linda saw the last of their four boys graduate college and they moved from LA to Ojai, a small community up the coast in a glorious valley. There Ron completed DONNYBOY. You can learn all about the novel at donnyboybook.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim C. on July 16, 2011
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In February 1945, with the Allies headed for victory in Europe, a young boy moves with his parents to the small town of Farmington, South Dakota. "Donnyboy" chronicles the next five months of his life. I began reading on a bus heading out of Manhattan, bound for Providence, R.I. The peaceful ambience of the beautiful, small towns along the Hudson River was right in sync with the story, which evokes the hope, optimism, and innocence of a much-different America. Which is not to say that Donnyboy's passage is without conflict.

The narrative is straight-forward, the style, uncluttered. The book is rich with period details: Burma Shave roadside signs; people gathered around a radio for an important broadcast. These details will resonate particularly with an older generation. Yet "Donnyboy" transcends nostalgia and has a far broader appeal.

The issues here--coming of age, meeting the many challenges of adolescence, finding one's place in a strange world, dealing with diversity, and seeing people as individuals not symbols--are universal and timeless.

In a word, the book is charming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Dupuy on August 3, 2011
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On a recent trip to hot, muggy Ohio in the cramped confines of a crowded 737, I had the pleasure of transcending my discomfort in the pages of Ron Phillips' delightful book. "Donnyboy," is rich with the vernacular of a time of innocence, worldwide crisis, and real community. Although born of another generation, I recognized the words and expressions as those of my parents when I was growing up.
The clear flowing story written with an economy of words, conveys the hopes and struggles of a boy learning to become a young man. He tackles adversity by forming alliances, building confidence, making bold choices and eventually grows into himself. I truly enjoyed this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Creedman on June 4, 2011
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Donnyboy is a good read with a big heart. A touching tale of a boy learning the costs and rewards of doing what he knows is right.
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