Delightful new book unveils true coming-of-age stories after WWII era

Share Article

‘HATS’ gives readers a glimpse of life nearly three quarters of a century ago

News Image
with storytelling that has, as one reader observed, “a Mark Twain quality to it"

While leading a project one day, a realization hit author and humorist Alan E. Waite; the kind that inspired him to write this delightful story, unveiling true coming-of-age stories of “Baby Boom” children growing up in the aftermath of the Second World War.

HATS” takes readers in an unforgettable journey into the minds of young boomers in early to late childhood; showing what their world was like nearly three quarters of a century ago, how they wrestled with it, and what values they embraced.

Coming of age in what might have been the last American era involved following a central social construct – to be a person of strong character. This construct was not only taught but insisted upon and modeled. It was a time where diversity was celebrated as long as it centered on the fundamental ideas that made up the American character — integrity, honesty, hard work, faith, love of freedom, and civility.”

Waite’s childhood adventures as described in this book give him a ring-side seat for observing and commenting upon modern American behavior, adding a depth of understanding about how various generations of Americans struggle with personal ethics and search for integrity — with storytelling that has, as one reader observed, “a Mark Twain quality to it.”

With a mixture of humor, warmth, nostalgia, a dash of painful honesty, and a touch of political incorrectness, “HATS” showcases a collection of provocative and entertaining small-town America coming-of-age stories that center on the eternal ideas of truth, honesty, and compassion. These are stories of a time gone by, stories from what some see as the American golden age, but most of all, stories that resonate today because they are about what people of all eras and ages face — the lifelong challenge of being a person of integrity.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Alan Waite is an author, business consultant, lecturer, life coach and adjunct professor of project management at the University of Wisconsin. Holding an MA in modern European history, he is currently writing a biography of Nuremburg war crimes defendant, Wilhelm Stuckart. He is CEO of Praxis Corporation, an educational organization that focuses on business and personal ethics training, and lives in Carmichael, Calif. surrounded by his wife, two twenty-something daughters, and his Energizer Bunny toddler son.

HATS * by Alan E. Waite
How Felt Can Save America
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 150 pages; 9781493184781

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Marketing Services
+1 (888) 795-4274 Ext: 7879
Email >
Visit website