New Novel Captures Passions, Pursuits that Rule Human Lives

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Richard Balmert explores America’s history in exhilarating fiction.

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Richard Balmert has recently released a novel that tells a riveting tale of love, devotion and passion set in the dramatic landscape of American history. A seamless mix of historical fact and gripping fiction, this book charts an incredible journey that explores the central question: “Why Americans Speak English” (published by Xlibris).

This is the saga of a family of Renaissance Florence that had re-awakened the culture of education, ideas, art, and governance with responsibility. The world suddenly opened to exploration and adventure. The book captures the passions and pursuits that rule human lives while spanning four centuries of a most unusual family deeply and personally involved with the age of discovery of the Western Hemisphere.

Balmert writes with an ease and intuitive understanding that appeals to a wide swath of readers. “Why Americans Speak English” is designed not as a boring history but as a fascinating study of human nature, tainted with wit, attraction of men to women, love, and the suffering and hardship experienced by those who travel far to find a better life in America.

For Americans who never really learned their history, “Why Americans Speak English” ties together the threads to an understanding on how peoples could come together, throw off their allegiances to a former nationality, and produce a new nation with a common language—even if it took the fickle finger of fate.

“Why Americans Speak English”
By Richard Balmert
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781503559455
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781503559462
E-Book | 226 pages | ISBN 9781503559479
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard Balmert, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, has resided in seven states and travelled the world. He lectures on Art and History and has served as a docent at the Museum of Fine Art in San Diego where he now resides.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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