Welcome to Michael Booth’s Site for His Book, The Turncoat Chronicles

Turncoat ChroniclesThis is a site to promote my book , The Turncoat Chronicles, Born a Long Way from Home.

But let’s start at the beginning. At the FITUR travel-trade fair in Madrid in 2010 I fell into a casual conversation with the representative attending the New York City stand. We talked about N.Y., tourism, Spain, the usual. As I was leaving he said to me, “I heard you talking with the guy on the next stand. Why do you speak such good Spanish?” I told him I’d lived here for 40 years. “Wow,” he said, “how did that happen?” I told him the truth: “I just got bored and discouraged with where the U.S. was heading when I was discharged from the Army back in 1968, and I went looking for a better place. I discovered Spain and fell for it in a big way. After living here for 15 years I  renounced my American citizenship in order to accept Spanish nationality.” Continue reading

The Turncoat Chronicles–The Author’s Journey to a Better World

Michael Booth SpainI’m pleased to announce that my ebook, The Turncoat Chronicles, has been published both on Amazon.com and on Smashwords.com. I’m expecting the book to raise some eyebrows in the U.S.A., as it’s openly critical of the past half century of foreign and domestic policy abortions carried out by the country’s big military, industrial and government operators. Having said that, what little feedback I’ve had thus far has only been positive. Though I suspect that’s because that praise has come from what our friend Moroccan Sheila calls “birds of my feather.”

Why publish it in both places? Because Amazon only offers it in their own proprietary Kindle format (AZT), while Smashwords converts it not only for the Kindle, but for all the other ereader formats, as well. If you don’t own an ereader, it’s not a problem. You can download a reader for your computer for free. I like the Adobe Digital Editions reader which provides a smooth and pleasant reading experience in the epub format.

You know the opinion I’m really interested in hearing? Yours. Just hit “Leave a comment” and say your piece.

Patriotism as Pornography

Children saluteThis is an excerpt from The Turncoat Chronicles

As schoolchildren in small-town Michigan we were taught to love our country. It was a great nation, blessed with “amber waves of grain,” and its good people were “crowned with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.” Every morning when we entered the classroom we were obliged to stand, place our right hands over our hearts, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands…” Continue reading