Robert Caleo Discusses the Making of an Elder Hero

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New book offers inside look at the life of David Glasgow Farragut, a Civil War icon

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This book takes a ‘family album’ approach in its chapters and illustrations. I wanted to stray from the standard chronological format.

A "hero" is defined as "a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities." Today, heroes come in many different forms, ranging from one's family and friends to famous athletes and movie stars.

A Civil War icon and America’s first four-star admiral, many consider David Glasgow Farragut a true American hero.

In his new book “Farragut and Family: The Making of an Elder Hero,” Robert L. Caleo discusses Farragut’s family history, starting with his Spanish and Scotch-Irish ancestry.

“This book takes a ‘family album’ approach in its chapters and illustrations,” Caleo said. “I wanted to stray from the standard chronological format.”

With a fiction undertone, this historical reflection emphasizes how Farragut’s hero-relatives impacted him at successive stages in his growth and career.

Farragut’s life demonstrates that while destiny may be shaped by a higher source, the fulfillment of it is a person’s own responsibility.

“Farragut and Family: The Making of an Elder Hero”
By Robert L. Caleo
ISBN: 978-1-5035-1090-6
Softcover retail price: $15.99
Hardcover retail price: $22.99
E-book retail price: $3.99
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris online bookstores

About the author
Robert L. Caleo is a retired communications practitioner. His 35-year business career included experiences as a technical writer, magazine editor and public relations manager. Since his retirement from Bell Laboratories in 1989, he has remained active in two of his long-time avocations— writing on historical subjects and teaching at the college level. Caleo’s history articles have appeared in such publications as Golf, MacLean’s (Canada), Naval Aviation News, and Rutgers Magazine. This book is a culmination of both his writing and teaching pursuits. Caleo has had three Farragut profiles published in periodicals, and he has conducted courses on family history and memoir writing at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey. Mr. Caleo holds degrees from Rutgers University and New York University and currently resides in Manchester, New Jersey.

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