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  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books (March 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L3M8G8
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Chip Jacobs is a Los Angeles-area author and journalist. Any questions so far? Good.

His most recent book is "The People's Republic of Chemicals" (Viveo/Rare Bird Books) with William J. Kelly, a spirited examination of China's U.S.-enabled descent into arguably the most polluted society in recorded history, and how its carbon gluttony may push climate change to a heat-scorching point of no return. In early reviews, it's earned a starred review from Booklist, a five-heart rating from Foreword Reviews and great critique from Kirkus. Critics have tabbed it "outstanding," "sharp, vivid ... a surprisingly enjoyable read, "a scathing denunciation"

Prior to that Jacobs released the "The Vicodin Thieves: Biopysing L.A.'s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths" (Viveo/Rare Bird Book), a collection of 29 of Jacobs' best narrative, investigative and opinion journalism previously published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Daily News of Los Angeles, L.A. Weekly and other outlets. It won first place in the compilations/anthology category at the Southern California Book Festival.

The true-crime thriller with a dark-comedy tincture, The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman, (Viveo/Rare Bird Books) was Jacobs' third book. Critics have called the story of an everyman's stumble into a murder triangle filled with hapless assasins "terrific," "pitch-perfect" and "enthralling." Foreword magazine made it a staff pick and the Hollywood Book Festival awarded it a silver metal in the non-fiction category. It also found the winner's circle at the 2013 Southern California Book Festival.

Preceding Ascension, Jacobs co-authored Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (The Overlook Press/Penguin Group USA) with William J. Kelly. The Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Awards and Green Book Festival honored this social history with silver medals, and the city of Santa Monica bestowed it with the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Booklist magazine, which gave Smogtown a starred review, named it one of the best environmental books of 2008. The Los Angeles Times/Tribune syndicate called the work "sexy," Publishers Weekly crowned it "powerful" and "accessible," with others tabbing it "meticulous," "highly engaging" and "provocative and zany." It was an official pick of Los Angeles magazine, among other publications, and is now available in both Mandarin and English for readers in China.

Jacobs literary debut was a biography of Gordon Zahler, a a Hollywood dreamer-schemer who lived outrageously in a ticking time-bomb of a body. Rare Bird Books will be publishing a revised and updated version of this story sometime in 2015. Critics praised the first version as a "brilliant and uplifting" story told with "dramatic flair and detached fairness." Please check back for updates, because the upcoming iteration will be killer. Besides these books, Jacobs' popular profile of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre is included in the academic anthology Voices of the U.S.-Latino Experience (Greenwood Publications).

Chip is currently at work on a historical novel, as well as a few other projects to which he has been sworn to secrecy. If you enjoy his books, please consider reviewing them here at his official Amazon Author Page, at Goodreads and recommending them to friends.

Before turning to book-writing, Jacobs was a print reporter whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, the Daily News of Los Angeles, L.A. Weekly, the New York Times, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg Views, among other outlets. For his efforts, he's been honored by the Los Angeles Press Club, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and The Los Angeles Times. Visit to learn more.

Jacobs grew up in northeast Pasadena. In 1985, he graduated from the University of Southern California with BAs in journalism and international relations. In 1988, he graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with an MA in international relations, emphasizing national security issues. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors. Jacobs broke into journalism in 1990 at The Los Angeles Business Journal. His passions today include Trojan football, the Beatles, electric guitar, forgotten literature, running and super-sugary breakfast cereals. He lives in Southern California with his wife, a USC public relations professor, and their two children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zuggie on January 2, 2013
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I knew "Richard" well (real last name different than in the book.) I was a friend for many years from childhood. As an adult, my wife and I spent lots of time with Richard and his first wife.

I was not in business with him. I was surprised to learn a "different side" than the "Richard" I knew. The factual information I received before the book was written matched the facts in the book. I didn't know "Jerry."

The book is gripping. I "couldn't put it down." It was a sad end to a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Franscell, Author of 'The Darkest Night' on April 2, 2012
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Chip Jacobs' chops as an accomplished newspaperman are on brilliant display in The Ascension of Jerry, a delightfully off-kilter true-crime tale of a hero (sorta) who is neither especially loathsome nor lovable ... maybe just lucky to get out alive. Jacobs' prose is intimate, darkly funny, and crisp as he follows the twisted path that leads SoCal businessman Jerry Schneiderman through a series of weird events - including crossing paths with some dumb-ass hitmen and some burning corpses - only to emerge as a merry prankster with a jones for social activism. (If you haven't yet deduced that this book is not your Mama's supermarket true-crime trash, then you're doing it wrong.)

But here's the thing: Jacobs' ear for a good story is pitch perfect, and he tells it with all the smoggy pastel colors of post-noir LA. "The Ascension of Jerry" isn't an old song in a new key, but an entirely new song about crime, fear, and a weird kind of redemption that could only happen in the general vicinity of Hollywood. Jacobs is a genuine writer, not a wannabe scribbler. He knows what makes us keep turning pages. So for those few true-crime readers who like their mayhem served up in a sumptuous story, seek this one out.
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By Paul Harrinon on July 31, 2013
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The Ascension of Jerry was gripping from page one. This book had an element an element of suspense that had you dying to turn the next page but also scared to know what was going to happen next. Just when you thought all of the mayhem had come to an end, another surprise popped out of the pages. Though this book is filled with murder, crime, and injustice, it also shows that the hero will prevail in the end, even if it is in an unconventional manner. This book is haunting in the best of ways and I never wanted to put it down One of the best books I've ever read. Jacobs is truly commendable.
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"In Chip Jacobs true-crime, The Ascension of Jerry, we are whisked back to LA's Kodachrome world of the Seventies. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Jerry, the "bright colors and greens of summer" quickly change to the real life black-and-whites of mayhem and murder. But, this is not just another Hollywood Whodunit. In the end we find it is really about one man's search and struggle to find his own personal truths and redemption. Well written and highly recommended." --Steve Hodel,LAPD Hollywood Homicide detective (ret.) and Bestselling author, "Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder."

"Jacobs delivers a seductive tour of an L.A. rife with murder-for-hire plots, political corruption and sociopathic schemes. Against this backdrop the young Schneiderman comes of age, to ultimately emerge as the last man standing. A terrific book - I couldn't put it down! -- Stephen Jay Schwartz, L.A. Times bestselling author of "Boulevard" and "Beat."

" ... wildly unpredictable mix of darkly humorous and highly dangerous events ...." -- Pasadena Weekly article entitled "Killer Prose: With the Ascension of Jerry, writer Chip Jacobs reveals his wildest true tale yet.
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