New Novel Revisits America’s Cold War Years

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Author Howard Leff takes a look back at 1950s and 60s America.

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Hindsight often shows us past environments, approaches and perceived states of mind from which to light our paths ahead.

The late 1950s and early 1960s mark years of unrest for a maturing America. From the Civil Rights Movement to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the country waged battles both abroad and at home. The historic value of this period of American history is a priceless one, says Howard Leff, author of the new book, “The Early Life and Times of Max Hanold” (published by AuthorHouse).

“The age that I was born into is being forgotten,” Leff says. “Its contributions as a big building-block for succeeding generations are concretized in the lives of war babies, who are daily diminishing in number. Unless we recognize where we’ve been, we can never truly know the road ahead.”

Understanding this past is at the heart of “The Early Life and Times of Max Hanold.” The book presents an engaging saga of espionage as it captures the essence of a changing America.

In the novel, readers meet Max Hanold, a man who pulls himself up from poverty to fulfill his self-envisioned destiny. Max’s compassion, sense of morality and thirst for adventure are intertwined with the turmoil that is going on around him.

“It covers a time that still holds interest, from a totally imagined point of view by Max Hanold,” says Leff. “His words, thoughts and actions create a personalized view of the past.”

Praise from readers:

"It’s catching and arouses one’s interest." — John D. Walker

"This is very exciting to read." — Kerry Bost

"Your great book brings back memories...I cannot wait to read more." — Hermann Nohturfft

Leff hopes “The Early Life and Times of Max Hanold” provides readers with clarity to move forward more enlightened and more at peace. Notes Leff: “Hindsight often shows us past environments, approaches and perceived states of mind from which to light our paths ahead.”

About the Author
Howard Leff spent his entire career in the international transportation business. Travelling to 46 states and to over 100 countries, he writes from experience. An English major and sociology minor, Leff graduated from Brooklyn College in New York City. His interest in humanity, culture and spirit are innate, being clearly discernable in his adventurous prose.

Leff lives with his wife, Barbara Ann, and their She-Tzu, Lucee, in a tranquil, humid area of the Lone Star state. He and Barbara are the proud parents of two children and five grandchildren.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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