My Own Part of History: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Mark Braly felt trapped in Texas throughout his childhood. All he had were oil company maps which only inflamed his wanderlust. He left at his first opportunity to get a journalism degree from Northwestern University and to see the world. Appointed to the U.S. Information Agency's foreign service, he was posted in southern Thailand where his liberal view of Ho Chi Minh was regarded as seditious by colleagues. He recounts with self-deprecating humor his "checkered" career, in which he missed a string of scoops in plain sight as a reporter for the Houston Press and told his bosses at Capitol Records he thought the Beach Boys had no future. He was director of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley's energy office, where he assembled a staff to write the city's award-winning energy plan for the future. In his world travels, he stares down cobras in southern Thailand and narrowly misses a massacre in Bali. He explores post-Soviet Russia as one of its first tourists and climbs the Potala Palace in enigmatic Lhasa, Tibet. He considers himself the world's oldest water polo player and certainly its worst.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781985376496
ISBN-10: 1985376490
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: March 21st, 2018
Pages: 220
Language: English