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I write first-person historical flash-fiction in order to expose the wanton waste of war. Fascinated by ideas and personal stories, I am able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. By enjoying thinking and learning about the past I understand the present through creating its context. I have faith in the links between all things; believing there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason. I am also inspired by the future and what could be; thereby inspiring others with my visions of what occurred and what is possible. My inspiration comes from education in improvisational acting; the actions and writing of Gene Sharp, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Woody Guthrie, Studs Terkel, and Henry David Thoreau; and an affinity for history. I believe all stories are best told from the personal perspective and learning about history should be an emotionally driven experience. Therefore, I push the conviction all history is simply a personal story, compounded and woven with the personal story of everyone else, throughout time. Raised in California, I moved to D. C. to attend university. Through education and luck, I've traveled the world helping remove unexploded ordnance from war ravaged countries, stemming the flow of the world's most dangerous weapons, and potentially reducing the likelihood of war between some of the world's most powerful countries. Now, I simply seek to warn the world of the human cost of violence.
File Size: 2843 KB
Print Length: 161 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: The Good Enough Empire, LLC.; 1 edition (March 1, 2016)
Threads of the War by Jeremy Strozer is a wonderful, thought-provoking, and stimulating collection of flash fiction complimented by factual details, which provide contextual authenticity at the end of each story. Each fictional miniature covers a specific event taken from the historical annals of 20th Century war. The accounts offer provocative insights related to human interactions and processes that could have been occurring behind the scenes during the course of some of wartime’s most significant and much less notable incidents. The stories are well-crafted, easy to read, and are sometimes laced with irony, humor, or carry a subtle anti-war message. The factual details included at the end of each fictional narrative, complete with relevant photos, are brief, but cleverly and effectively transform captivating fiction into a valuable educational package. I highly recommend this fast read to anyone interested, not only in history, but also in the psychological and other seemingly absurd mechanisms that often lead to tragedy of the human experience.
"Threads of the War vol II" is a powerful book with several individual stories that are based on true events. The author brings those events to life by taking cold facts and turning them into personal accounts with feelings and emotions. It is an easy reading book but one where you will want to take your time with each story and let the powerful images sink in. I have not read the first volume but I will be getting it, if it is anything like this one it should be wonderful.
I don't read a lot of historical fiction but after a friend recommended I check this book out, I gave it a read and I'm glad I did! The author has a real knack for storytelling. His prose is vivid and accessible. He draws you into the story and you feel like you're there. It was such a nice escape to read these wonderful tales. I look forward to reading much more from this author.