James Baar, author of more than 10 books, is also a freelance writer, blogger, international corporate communications consultant, spin lexicographer, former business executive and Washington journalist and occasional college lecturer.
His new book (historical fiction):
• Conversations at the Redwood – The Portraits Speak, first unredacted publication of 21 “recorded chats” among famous and notable people whose historic likenesses by early American artisists hang from the walls of America’s oldest standing library in Newport.
Coming soon (more fiction):
• News from the Angelic Choirs, a new collection of 20 short tales of struggle, flimflam and “mistakes.”
Baar is author of A King for America, a satirical novel describing royal restoration as a solution to current political dysfunction; two satirical business novels, Ultimate Severance, a spin–soaked excursion through an Enroned world featuring designer murder, and The Great Free Enterprise Gambit, an instructive story of a highly hostile mega–business takeover and related smarmy public affairs; also, The Real Thing and Other Tales, selection from Baar’s more than 50 short stories.
His non-fiction includes Trump Card: Holding America’s Enemies at Bay, coauthored with William E. Howard, the inside story of the birth of nuclear deterrence and America’s ICBM submarine navy; But Wait! There’s More!(maybe), coauthored with Donald E. Creamer, dissects chaos in the $500 million global ad business; and Spinspeak II: The Dictionary of Language Pollution. Baar is editor of the Spinspeak Letter, the www.spinspeak.com blog. His initial foray into spin lexicography, The Careful Voters Dictionary of Language Pollution (Understanding Willietalk and Other Spinspeak), was written as an “act of penance” for his earlier commercial contributions to the Art of High Spin.
In his business career, Baar has been President or Chief Operating Officer of four major public relations agencies: Hill & Knowlton Advanced Technology, Gray-Strayton, Creamer Dickson Basford and Lewis & Gilman. He also was Corporate Communications Officer of Computervision Corp., Managing Director of General Electric’s European Communications Operation and manager of various GE PR operations in the United States. He was a UPI reporter/editor in Washington and Senior Editor of Missiles & Rockets Magazine.
Baar is a graduate of Union College where he majored in philosophy, history and cheerleading among other disciplines. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Providence, RI.
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