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They Make Movies

This fast-moving collection blends fiction with history to illuminate the stimulating but often troubled lives and careers of noted actors, actresses, and directors. Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Chadwick Boseman, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Halle Berry, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee are among the stars who face challenges real and imaginary. Lesser known but talented performers Louise Brooks, Anna May Wong, and Jeanne Eagels also enhance They Make Movies.

Down Goes Trump

Down Goes Trump is a collection of satirical stories, based on news, about the entertaining but absurd and often quite dangerous events following the election of President Donald J. Trump in November 2016 until shortly after his loss to Joe Biden four years later. In addition to fictionalized first-person entries by Trump and contemporary political and social personalities Nancy Pelosi, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, John Bolton, Maxine Waters, Meryl Streep, Melania Trump, and many others, the author offers unexpected commentary by historical figures including Martin Luther King, General Robert E. Lee, Babe Ruth, Joseph Stalin, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and General Douglas MacArthur. There are no filters as Trump blunders the nation and world toward a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, a war with Iran, backs out of international agreements, wages psychological war against people of color in the United States, and bungles containment of the coronavirus. Buckle your seatbelts for a turbulent ride.

Basketball and Football

In a rousing trip through the worlds of Basketball and Football, George Thomas Clark explores the professional basketball league in Mexico, the Herculean talents of Wilt Chamberlain, the difficulties and humor of attempting to play basketball in middle age, and observes that coaching at Caltech can be more painful than studying all night for a physics exam. We also peer into the minds of legends LeBron James, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, and numerous others.

King Donald

In King Donald readers join Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and many others on a raucous ride into a fictional world infused with facts from one of the roughest political races in modern U.S. history. Rubio rips The Donald who insults Megyn Kelly who counterattacks, and the candidates begin battling around the nation for months, and often reveal what they’re thinking but dare not write. They don’t have to. Author George Thomas Clark writes from their points of view, offering satire, humor, and pungent political analysis. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Vladimir Putin, and Benjamin Netanyahu also comment on the campaign.

In Other Hands

In search of stimulating stories, George Thomas Clark interviewed prostitutes in Madrid, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua and on many boulevards in the United States, and talked to detectives and rode the rough roads of social workers who deal with human trafficking, which is contemporary slavery, and toured the tattered, handmade shelters of the homeless and also interviewed them on the streets and in shelters, and conversed with the poor in the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, and Spain, and sometimes used several lives to create composite stories, and even a few tales, and everywhere the author ventured he witnessed struggles of those whose lives are bound In Other Hands.

This is a revised edition. Several stories and chapters have been reordered to build momentum, and a few pieces have been taken out for the same reason.

Tales of Romance

In compressed language George Thomas Clark presents Tales of Romance, a compilation of short stories and creative columns about relationships between men and women.

Paint it Blue

We wonder what they’re thinking, so we ask Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. And you, Picasso, what are you really like? Vincent van Gogh, please tell us more about your agony and inspiration. We must also learn about distinguished women – Paula Modersohn-Becker, Séraphine Louis, Lee Krasner, Diane Arbus, and others. I know they’ll tell us. So will expressionists like Ernst Ludwig Kirschner and Otto Dix. African American artists are certainly forthcoming. Charles White takes us inside his homes, and William H. Johnson invites us into his mind, a stimulating but often unsafe place. And other painters from Europe and the United States – what are they feeling? We find out as they Paint It Blue.

Death in the Ring

The title Death in the Ring should not be taken literally. Most boxers don’t die during fights. They survive their careers of violence but are too often left brain damaged and vulnerable to many other maladies, medical and psychological. Nevertheless, I haven’t written an indictment of boxing. It is, rather, a celebration of the brave and talented men who in epic confrontations stir the souls of millions and thus persuade them to ignore the tragedies and premature deaths that await those who fight in the ring.

OBAMA ON EDGE: Creative Expressions from a Historic Time

In these satirical columns written from 2007 to 2012, Barack Obama’s African grandfather espouses pride and aggressive self-defense. His father discusses academic success, family difficulties, and a tragic drinking problem. Young Obama reveals his struggle to control vices and establish racial identity. Then the soaring young politician offers incisive comments about politics, international relations, the media, and other issues. A variety of adversaries counterattack. Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh claim they are appalled by Obama. John McCain bemoans that the young man lacks an understanding of big league politics. Hillary Clinton doubts his American values. Jeremiah Wright insists Obama always knew what his pastor was preaching and why. Mahmoud Ahmadenijad presumes to lecture the new president. Mitt Romney thinks Obama is a loser. Osama bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, and Bashar al-Assad also disapprove. These characters and others have a pulpit. They want Obama on Edge.

The Bold Investor

In this collection of thirty-eight chiseled short stories, George Thomas Clark introduces readers to actors, alcoholics, addicts, writers famous and unknown, a general, a lovelorn farmer, a family besieged by cancer, extraterrestrials threatening the world, a couple time traveling back to a critical battle, a deranged husband chasing his wife, and many more memorable people and events.

Echoes from Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush

These satirical columns, written from 2003 to 2009, allow startlingly candid Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush to explain their need to control the destinies of countries, regions, and, ultimately, the world. Osama bin Laden, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Karl Rove, and other notables, not all famous, also demand part of the stage.

Hitler Here

In this biographical novel Adolf Hitler and his intimates and his enemies have bylines and thus the opportunity to reveal what they did and how they felt during an era of unprecedented destruction.