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The Good Bits: The Marines, the Massachusetts Senate and Managing Associations Paperback – November 7, 2005

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420888943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420888942
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert A. Hall joined the Marines in 1964, upon graduation from high school in Collingswood, NJ. In 1966, he volunteered for Vietnam, serving what he calls "an easy tour for a Marine" as a Radio Relay team chief. Following his discharge as a corporal in 1968, he attended Mount Wachusett Community College and the University of Massachusetts, graduating in June of 1972 with a degree in Political Science. In November of that year, Hall was elected to the Massachusetts state senate, defeating a powerful Democrat by a nine-vote margin (out of over 60,000 votes cast) in a 4 to 1 Democratic district that had not been won by a Republican since 1938. Hall was 26 at the time. He was re-elected four times by large margins, and in 1976, was nominated by both the Republican and Democratic Parties, defeating a Democrat by running on stickers in the Democratic primary. He was the Republican Whip of the senate when he retired undefeated in 1982. While in the senate, Hall rejoined the Marine Reserves, serving from 1977 until time conflicts with a new job forced him to leave the Corps in 1983 as a Staff Sergeant. He also earned a Masters Degree in History in 1980, taking night courses at Fitchburg State College. Since leaving politics, Hall has successfully managed non-profit associations for 23 years. A Certified Association Executive, he is currently Executive Director of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Madison, WI (, where he lives with his wife, Bonnie. Hall is a frequently-published freelance writer, with opinion columns, articles, short fiction and poetry appearing in over 50 national and local magazines and newspapers. His work is included in Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul; and in Before the Memories Fade, published by Author House.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Archer on March 1, 2006
I just finished reading The Good Bits. Page for page it provided the most chuckles I have ever gotten from a book. Bob Hall imparts his wit and wisdom in a series of wry anecdotes about life as a Marine in Vietnam, a Massachusetts State Senator and the director of several professional associations. Often hysterical, sometimes profound, but never boring; this deftly-written story is hard to put down. Thank you, Bob, not just for stopping to smell the roses along the way, but for allowing us to savor those moments with you in this superb memoir.
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9 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Genuine Life on July 22, 2011
This a self-indulging diatribe by a hack who thinks his life is interesting. This author is a whiney, self-absorbed racist. Do not waste a minute of a genuine life reading this trash.
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