James R. Cooley’s new book chronicles soldier’s transformative journey during WWII

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‘Parkers Crossroads’ follows Jack Ebbott’s life from upper-class teenager to hardened soldier

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Author James R. Cooley, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, brings readers the true story of a young man surviving against all odds during WWII in his new creative nonfiction, “Parker’s Crossroads: Revenge of the Golden Lion” (published by Trafford Publishing).

Jack Ebbott, the 19-year-old son of the Chase Manhattan Bank vice president, wants nothing more than to see combat. Unfortunately for Jack, his social status has him locked into a safe billet. Determined, he slips through several loopholes and lands himself the role of combat medic. Unbeknownst to Jack, his dream of combat soon becomes all too real.

“Parker’s Crossroads” follows Jack as he is forced to transform from a Choate School boy into a war hardened soldier. He will survive the three fateful days of the battle of Parker’s Crossroads, the trials of a POW camp, the wrath of Hitler’s security service and the horrors that haunt him for the rest of his life. He will live to tell it all to a dissolute writer named Ogden Santee in 1980.

An excerpt from “Parkers Crossroads”:

“On an evening after we had our first talk, Ogden Santee delivered a long lecture to the patron on the evils of tipping. Everybody thought it was funny, except the waitress and the bartender. According to one of the regulars (a wasted remittance man named Guffy), Ogden Santee called tipping a vile practice, a demeaning act, and a lot of other things that Guffy couldn’t remember.”

Parker’s Crossroads
By James R. Cooley
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 486 pages | ISBN 9781490747316
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 486 pages | ISBN 9781490747309
E-Book | 486 pages | ISBN 9781490747323
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
James R. Cooley was born in Santa Monica, California, on April 2, 1931. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1954. Following this, he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. He was a photojournalist in Spain, Italy, France and North Africa. He filmed in the arctic for the United States Bureau of Land Management. He was a member of the Writers’ Guild of America, Hollywood. He has done film and TV work in Spain and New York. He is presently a member of SAG/AFTRA in Hollywood and the Pasadena Society of Artists.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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