2014 Brings More Researchers and New Treasures to Eisenhower Presidential Library

December 9, 2014

ABILENE, Kan. – A record 856 onsite researchers visited the
EiseIkeStatueAtPrezLibrarynhower Presidential Library archives in fiscal year 2014 (10/1/2013 to 9/30/2014), breaking a 50 year old mark by more than 50 visitors. The new record was set despite a nearly three week government shutdown. Library staff also served 2,800 offsite researchers.

A new accession from the family of Eisenhower’s Abilene friend Ruby Norman Lucier includes Ike’s own freshman and senior West Point yearbooks, which he gave to the then Ms. Norman. Another important new accession comes from the family of Eisenhower’s cousin Nettie Stover Jackson. The letter from Dwight Eisenhower’s mother Ida to Nettie includes new details on Ike’s birth.

Archival processing and declassification work has discovered documents relating to NATO operations, psychological strategy, intelligence and national security matters. Approximately 107 documents were declassified in full (totaling 511 pages) and an additional 191 documents were declassified in part (totaling 1,388 pages).

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. (http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/)


SHOULDN’T SEX AND GROTESQUE MURDERS BE A PART OF YOUR THANKSGIVING PLANS?

November 25, 2014

While you’re at it, throw in some heroes and villains. These thrillers always make good reading — even during the holidays.

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Check out these e-books BY Geoff Loftus:

DOUBLE BLIND | ENGAGED TO KILL | THE DARK SAINT

All three books at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE and SMASHWORDS (www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GeoffLoftus) FOR $1.99 each.

For more information and excerpts, go to http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html


The Thrill Of It All

October 28, 2014

“Why do you write thrillers?”

I get that question at almost every author’s event I attend. And I have to admit, the question makes a lot of sense. My first published book was non-fiction—Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day. I’m a regular contributor on FORBES.com, writing about leadership in history and business—and I do not indulge in fiction writing for Forbes. (Heaven forbid!)

So, why thrillers? Because I want to to write about the basic building blocks of life—obligation, honor, love, courage, and pleasure. And be entertaining as possible so no one suspects I’m writing about anything substantial.

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In other words, I want to be like Dick Francis, a bestselling author in the United States and Great Britain for fifty years. Francis was an RAF pilot in World War II who became a steeplechase jockey in the UK. He was the champion of 1953-54 and the Queen Mother’s personal jockey for four years. (All this way before he wrote thrillers.)

Francis’s racing career ended in 1957 when he was only 36 years old. One too many injuries finally finished him as a jockey but launched one of the most successful writing careers of the 20th century.

As the Houston Chronicle once said in a review of a Francis book: “He writes about the basic building blocks of life—obligation, honor, love, courage, and pleasure. Those discussions come disguised in adventure novels so gripping that they cry out to be read in one gulp—then quickly reread to savor the details skipped in the first gallop through the pages.”

That Chronicle review captures the reason I write thrillers. What writer wouldn’t want to discuss those basic building blocks? And do it so entertainingly that people were scared (while completely safe in their armchairs), amused, and touched in their hearts.


IT’S FALL FOLIAGE TIME.

September 26, 2014

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FORTUNATELY, VILLAINS, HEROES, SEX AND GROTESQUE MURDERS ALWAYS MAKE FOR GOOD READING.

Check out these e-book thrillers BY Geoff Loftus:

THE DARK SAINT | DOUBLE BLIND | ENGAGED TO KILL

All three books at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE and SMASHWORDS (www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GeoffLoftus)

For more information and excerpts, go to http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html


Beach-Reading Season Is Over, But . . . You Should Still Read

September 4, 2014

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LABOR DAY HAS COME . . . AND GONE. SUMMER’S OVER. BUT VILLAINS, HEROES, SEX AND GROTESQUE MURDERS ALWAYS MAKE FOR GOOD READING

Check out these e-book thrillers (excerpts below):

THE DARK SAINT

Amazon’s Kindle: (http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Saint-ebook/dp/B00CFODCNQ)

Barnes & Noble Nook: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dark-saint-geoff-loftus/1115959711)

ENGAGED TO KILL

Amazon’s Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Engaged-Kill-Geoff-Loftus-ebook/dp/B00A7GJ78S/)

Barnes & Noble Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/engaged-to-kill-geoff-loftus/1114504375)

DOUBLE BLIND

Amazon’s Kindle: (http://www.amazon.com/Double-Blind-ebook/dp/B007YC9OIG)

Barnes & Noble Nook: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/double-blind-geoff-loftus/1110381049)

ALL THREE BOOKS AT SMASHWORDS: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GeoffLoftus

Excerpts can be found at: http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html

 


IT’S ALMOST LABOR DAY. STILL TIME FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER READS

August 21, 2014

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Check out these e-book thrillers (excerpts below):

THE DARK SAINT


SUMMERTIME. AND THE READING IS EASY. AND FUN. AND LETHAL.

July 24, 2014

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Check out these e-book thrillers (excerpts below) for great summer reading:

DOUBLE BLIND

Amazon’s Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

ENGAGED TO KILL

Amazon’s Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

THE DARK SAINT

Amazon’s Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

ALL THREE BOOKS AT SMASHWORDS

Excerpts can be found at: http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html