20th Century Memoirs: Face to Face With The Beatles And The Bomb [Boxed Set]

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20th Century Memoirs

Thanks to my job as the CBS Press Rep on "The Ed Sullivan Show," I was the guy who welcomed John, Paul, George and Ringo to the United States on their first trip to America.

Thanks to the US Army, I was turned into a human guinea pig and sent to the South Pacific to watch nukes explode.

Here are two tell-alls--one about the glittering and gossipy back stage world of celebrities, television and show biz, the other about a desolate army post where the F-words were Fallout and Fireball. Fusion, Fission and F*cked Up.
 
ALWAYS ON SUNDAY:  An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra and Ed's Other Guests

"One of the most intriguing show business books to come along in a long time.  It's great, very well written and tells it like it is.  I knew Sullivan for years and consider Michael Harris' book an accurate sketch of a complex man.  Well done!" --Chicago Sun Times

"Honestly told with remarkable frankness and genuine inside knowledge.  In the field of show business biographies, ALWAYS ON SUNDAY has secured a place on the shelf reserved for the very best." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

THE ATOMIC TIMES:  My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground

SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!
Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"THE ATOMIC TIMES is a gripping memoir leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment. A tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier." --Henry Kissinger

"One of the best books I've ever read, combining elements of Catch 22 and Dr. Strangelove in a memoir both hilarious and tragic.  A 'must' read, destined to become a classic." —John G. Stoessinger, winner of the Bancroft Prize for Inernational Affairs, member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Keywords: the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, television, 20th Century, rock n roll, Memphis celebrities, memoir, baby boomer, showbiz, veterans, H-bomb, US Army, army, soldier, military memoir, nuclear bombs, radiation, danger, fission, fusion, fallout, danger, suspense, atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs, island, South Pacific, Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, detonation, explosions, box set, boxed set 




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Michael Harris was a public relations executive at CBS for many years, eleven of them on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Michael was the first person to greet the Beatles on their arrival in the United States and is the author of the national bestseller, ALWAYS ON SUNDAY:  An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra and Ed’s Other Guests. (ALWAYS ON SUNDAY is available in a Google e-book edition.)


Michael's highly acclaimed memoir, THE ATOMIC TIMES:  My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground, is based on a more fraught experience, the 1955 U.S. H-Bomb tests, and has been called Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove! Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by Random House, THE ATOMIC TIMES was called: “A gripping memoir leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment. A tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier.” —Henry Kissinger (THE ATOMIC TIMES is available in a Google Play e-book edition.)


 Michael is also co-author with his wife, Ruth, of two thrillers, HOOKED and BRAINWASHED, both available in Google e-book editions.

 

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Apr 3, 2014
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458
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English
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Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Biography & Autobiography / Military
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Fiction / Biographical
Music / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
Music / Genres & Styles / Rock
Performing Arts / Television / General
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 還記得沒有網路之前的日子嗎?

當我們連生命中曾經屬於自己的空白時光都自願交給網路科技時,

你是否曾仔細想過:

我們究竟放棄了什麼,來交換現在這一切?

而我們還留下了什麼,給我們自己?


從沒有網路,到現在隨時能夠上網的時代,只不過區區數十年。現在只要上谷哥搜尋,就會跑出我們想要的各種資訊;只要點一下臉書或是LINE,就可以隨時看見我們親朋好友的新鮮事。但與此同時,那些對我們很重要的事物和經驗、一種人與人或人與物事的連接,實際上已從我們的生活中慢慢溜走了,無法再恢復。


現在的我們,或許還依稀記得網路出現之前的生活。我們會為了傳達思念寫出一封封動人的信、會為了課堂上不明白的事物學會去探究思考原因,甚至只是為了無所事事,而讓自己獨處,翱翔在自己的天馬行空之中。


但現在,你還曾經如此做過嗎?

作者麥克.哈里斯將80年代前後作為分水嶺。在80年代前出生的人,開始接觸網路時已是成年人,他們曾經驗網路出現前的生活模式,屬於「跨立的世代」(Straddle generation),因此能感受當中的差異,但是80年代或之後出生的人,他們將完全失去那些寶貴的經驗。麥克提出了一個至關重要的問題:我們應該留給後世什麼呢?答案是「抽離」(absence),從網路科技、從自身之外的事物「抽離」。當網上生活佔據你生活的全部經驗時,有些連接(經驗)開始一點一滴地流走,你失去了它,就難以恢復它的價值。


現在的我們就猶如過去的古騰堡時代,當時古騰堡的印刷讓宗教學家認為:「信心會減弱,法會滅亡,而聖經將湮沒無聞。」如今的網路就猶如古騰堡的印刷,大大的衝擊並改變我們的行為,甚至是思考。

如今全球網路使用量較過去十年擴大了近五倍,根據Youtube的統計數字,每分鐘用戶上傳的視訊長度高達一百小時,亦即我們每天都在過著十年般的時光。而美國的調查顯示,平均18至64歲的人,每天花三點二小時在社交網站上。


在這新古騰堡時代,麥克認為網路讓我們持續保持「連線」,卻擾亂了「思考」的本身,我們的數位設備無時無刻都在嗡嗡作響,它打斷了我們「想像」的機會,甚至是可能的新見解與發現。我們渴望上傳美食的照片到instagram上更甚於吃下美食;我們在網路上創造虛偽的自我化身來掩蓋真實的自己;我們透過數位螢幕上由點陣圖像排列而成的「我愛你」來表達自己的感情;最後,我們任由它取代我們的一切。


在這個能令我們著迷的資訊年代、什麼都能隨手可得的年代裡,我們很少思考人類究竟放棄了什麼,換來現在的一切。作者試圖重現這些在地球已經消失和缺少的特別連接,從生活的各個層面,如性愛、記憶、距離等,逐一探索,提醒我們,那沒有網路科技、只有自己的抽離時刻是人類不可缺少的部份,是值得我們保護的,也是人類獲得持久滿足感的根源。


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
The Beatles, Ed Sullivan and the Author

Ed first learns I have written a book when I hand him a finished manuscript. Naively, I imagine he'll be flattered, but when he reads it, he blows his stack and stops speaking to me. He's furious. I am revealing more about him, more backstage gossip and more details about the inner workings of the show than he wants made public. 


Fortunately for me and for Always On Sunday, Ed simmers down eventually and decides my unauthorized biography is "magnificent." He promotes it in his newspaper column, in interviews and in joint television appearances with me. Ed helps turn the book he initially hated into a national bestseller. 

During my 11 years on the Sullivan show, no one created more excitement than the Beatles. February 7, 1964: Kennedy Airport. Their first trip to the United States. The screaming fans! The haircuts! The sassy answers! Welcome to New York! The entire country focuses on this place and these young men. Including me. I am meeting their plane. A CBS public relations executive for years. Now the network's press representative on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 

Ed was warned not to sign the Beatles: "You're crazy! No British group has ever made it big in this country." A month before they arrive, they are still unknown in America. Every reporter I contact turns down my invitation to go with me to JFK. 

Two weeks later, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" rockets to the top of the charts. Beatlemania crosses the Atlantic, and I am besieged by thousands of ticket requests. Reporters plead to join me at JFK. 

On February 14, I greet the Beatles again, this time in Miami for a second Sullivan show. I do my best to stay out of the way but, thanks to papparazzi determined to cash in on every shot of the Fab Four, I appear in photos published around the world (including the NY Post). In the captions I am called a Beatle, a case of mistaken identity I still laugh about with my wife, best-selling novelist Ruth Harris. 

When I return to New York, Ed searches for me backstage. One stagehand is impressed. "Ed must really like you," he says. "You've only worked for him for four years, and he already knows your name." 

Ed And The Celebrities Who Loved Him -- Or Not! 

Why did Frank Sinatra take out an ad saying, "Ed, you're sick, sick, sick."? 

You'll find out in Always On Sunday.

Why did Mary Tyler Moore sue "The Ed Sullivan Show"? 

You'll find out in Always On Sunday.

Why did CBS cancel Bob Dylan's appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- against Ed's wishes? 

You'll find out in Always On Sunday.

Elvis' fans kissed him where? Ed was stunned when Elvis explained. What did Elvis say? 

You'll find out in Always On Sunday.

Always On Sunday  was originally published in hardcover by Meredith Press and in mass market paperback by NAL.

Keywords: Beatles, Sinatra, Elvis, Ed Sullivan, television, 1960s, 20th Century, rock n roll, Memphis, celebrities, memoir, baby boomer, showbiz,  singers, dancers, performers
His patients call him Dr. Feelgood. Brilliant, charismatic Gavin Jenkins’ miracle treatments reverse the effects of aging and restore the vigor, vitality and beauty of youth to those who must always look and feel their best.


When a rich and beautiful heiress, addicted to Gavin’s tantalizing bedroom techniques, uses her social status to propel his career to greater heights, his influence runs from a billionaire’s private island to the dressing rooms of world-famous artists and, beyond that, to the inner sanctums of the White House itself.


When Gavin accepts a risky, lucrative proposal from a new patient, he sets in motion a dark web of intrigue that puts entire governments and vast fortunes at risk even as his own life hangs in the balance.


“POWERFUL! BRILLIANT! Slick and sexy! All the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story.” —Publisher's Weekly


”Truly one of the best books I've ever read! I simply could not put it down! If I could give it 10-Stars, I would! It's that good!!!" —Amazon review


Set in the go-go 1960's, Hooked takes place in New York and Washington, a modest fishing village on the Turkish Riviera, an opera house in Vienna, a potentate's palace in the middle east and aboard Lydia, the world's most luxurious and beautiful yacht.

Also by NYT bestselling authors Ruth and Michael Harris:

BRAINWASHED, a psychological thriller, is based on real-life psychiatric experiments conducted by the CIA in American and Canadian universities and known by the code name MK-ULTRA. "BRAINWASHED delivers the goods: thrills, gut-churning suspense, nightmarish terror. Ruth and Michael Harris have delivered another great read and sure bestseller. I dare you to put it down!" --Bob Mayer, former Green Beret and million-copy bestselling author of AREA 51

BRAINWASHED is available on GooglePlay at—https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ruth_Harris_Brainwashed_A_Thriller?id=iDH-AgAAQBAJ

Keywords: thriller, mystery, medical thriller, political thriller, historical thriller, conspiracy, doctor, billionaire, millionaire, international thriller, 1960s, White House,  Middle East, Turkey, addiction, sexy, erotic, 20th Century


In 1956, the United States detonated 17 H-bombs in the South Pacific, including the two deadliest explosions ever to occur anywhere on our planet—before or since. 

The 1,612 soldiers stationed at the headquarters island (including me, a draftee) were there to “observe” this nuclear test series, called Operation Redwing. Wearing only T-shirts and shorts and without any other protective gear, we were exposed to radiation and fallout.

NUKED (19,000 words) focuses on these explosions and describes all 17 tests in detail. THE ATOMIC TIMES (288 pages),  nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by its American hardcover publisher Random House, presents a fuller picture of the traumatic consequences—psychological and sexual—endured by men living in isolation on a remote and deadly island without women.

“THE ATOMIC TIMES is a gripping memoir of the first H-bomb tests by one of the small groups of young servicemen stationed at Ground Zero on Eniwetok Atoll. Leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment, this book is also a tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier.”—Henry Kissinger

NUKED: I Was A Guinea Pig For The U.S. Army is a companion to THE ATOMIC TIMES: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground, also available in an e-book edition on GooglePlay.

Michael Harris is the co-author of two thrillers, HOOKED and BRAINWASHED, with his wife, million-copy New York Times bestselling author, Ruth Harris. Both books are available in e-editions on GooglePlay.

Keywords: FREE, FREEBIE, memoir, veterans, H-bomb, US Army, army, soldier, military memoir, nuclear bombs, radiation, danger, fission, fusion, fallout, danger, suspense, atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs, island, South Pacific, Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, detonation, explosions

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