About the Author

Born and raised in California, TR has enjoyed a relatively long life through mostly good times in America, during which, he says, “I have certainly experienced my share—and then some—of the American Dream, and all that suggests; especially that of opportunity. Like so many average Americans, I‘m a beneficiary of the American economic model, and democratic government from which, combined, flows such provisions as public goods (including public health, public education), economic opportunity and social security, in the broadest understanding.”

He continues:

“These factors have allowed and enabled me opportunities to pursue both professional as well as personal life goals. As such I’ve been privileged to live and work over much of America (West Coast, East Coast, Mid-America and the Southwest) as well as living and working on four continents while engaged in banking & finance and general management, both in very big (as a manager) and very small (as an entrepreneur) businesses. I’ve experienced both successes and some failure. The personal objectives and rewards of family have been realized, not without losses along the way, but also with pride and hope in the next generation, to which I collaborated in contributing three fine sons, and nurturing a caring stepdaughter as well.

Someone I respected and admired once told me that as you receive, it is your responsibility to give back—pay it forward, so to speak. In the 1990s I became somewhat more politically conscious. I pondered the evidence of where our country seemed to be headed, which might be described as toward an increasingly unbalanced society. It wasn’t difficult to perceive that many average Americans seemed just as concerned, and especially for that next generation. I reckoned it was time to “become involved,” with that objective of giving back, and ran for the US Senate (in Missouri) in 2000 as a third-party candidate (winning the Primary, losing in the General Election).

Historically, third-party candidates typically have done poorly in American politics, and I was no exception. Still, it was a worthwhile learning experience. I continued to pay attention to where many were concerned America was heading: in the wrong direction, according to most.

Since 1999 I have authored three works of political commentary on this general situation, each attempting to provide a broader and clearer picture of not only the problem (of Balance) perceived, but more importantly, how we might approach correcting what I perceive most believe is a correctable situation. BOOM!, A Revolting Situation, is the latest in this trilogy, and I believe the most clarifying. As the book lays out, there is a simple solution, believe it or not. However, as most know, and to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, simple does not always mean easy!”

Boom!

In addition to his books, TR writes (mostly) political essays and polemics on current issues or on the writings of others, on an on-going basis. Most of these are posted on his writing website, The American Family Gazette.

TR is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Political Science & Economics—or maybe it was Political Science & History??), Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, in International business—then called Foreign Trade (and known then as The American Institute for Foreign Trade—AIFT) and New York University where he earned an MBA in finance. He served three-plus years in Uncle Sam’s Navy in the Pacific region.

His “day job:” selling mustard to his distributors and customers overseas.
Favorite baseball team: The St Louis Cardinals. Football: San Francisco 49ers.
Hobbies: Reading and writing.

When not (1) hawking mustard or (2) reading & writing, TR’s favorite activity is hanging out with his wife Glenva, his high school sweetheart.

BOOM! is available in soft cover or hard back editions online and through your favorite local bookseller, nationally.

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Testimonials

“TR Harry is like the friendly 'prof' who turns classes into light but memorable learning experiences. That’s pretty much the way he writes. In BOOM! (his 3rd book) his theme is political choice, and how to infuse 21st century US party politics with classical utilitarian values such as to loosen government’s shackles of polarizing ideology. TR’s arguments favoring an Independent voter platform as a viable option for the land we love will ring convincingly for readers across the political spectrum.”
-Serena Howlett, JD, MPH

“Thomas Harry has a knack for taking a seemingly difficult to understand situation and turning it into a story made easy to follow and understand. Harry offers a simple assessment of what the system has become and how our society has reacted to its shift from getting on with governing to simply getting elected. Thomas Richard Harry’s book should be required reading for anyone currently in public office, anyone intending to run for office, and everyone registered to vote, regardless of their politics.”
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