The Exciting Life and Times of Harold J. Barend Told in New Book

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“Braddock Heights” follows the true journey of a man with a burning passion for life and adventure

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Youth rebel. World traveler. Cancer survivor. The life of Harold J. Barend is the stuff that movies are made of. He is German, American Indian, French and Jewish and his years are as excitingly diverse as his family heritage. In Braddock Heights, he brings together episodes from his life’s journey and invites readers to experience the world, his remarkable passage to find his place in it, the cycle of life and the joys and absurdities of human relationships just as he did.

Barend’s childhood and teenage years are nothing short of intriguing. At eight years old he had become friends with hobos and prostitutes, as a youth he battled the Catholic school system and found himself walking the thin line between right and wrong. More adventures awaited him after this rebellious phase.

Barend soon found himself serving with the United States Army in Germany, becoming a champion basketball player, traveling throughout Europe and writing stories for U.S. military newspapers. At 74 years old he still competes in international basketball tournaments. He shares a glimpse into all these episodes in his storied life as well as those of his family through well-told tales that ultimately paint a portrait of a man with a burning passion for life. Barend says,

“While I still have recollection of my life, I hope to record it. I have been fortunate to have lived an exciting, colorful life; before God calls me away, I would like to share it with you.”

By turns poignant, exciting, funny and heartwarming, Braddock Heights is a celebration of a life lived to the fullest and a striking reminder for readers to do the same.

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About the Author
Harold J. Barend has experienced a life that others can only dream about. He has served with the United States Army in Germany, won two championships playing basketball, assisted German-American relations, traveled throughout Europe and wrote stories for newspapers of the U.S. Military. In 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011, he was a member of a New York team that won gold in the New York Senior Games. Barend is a cancer survivor.

Braddock Heights * by Harold J. Barend
Publication Date: August 8, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 317 pages; 978-1-4771-2578-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 317 pages; 978-1-4771-2579-3
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-2580-9

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