Billy Jenkins’ career spans the years 1895-1954. He was King of the Cowboys, the most popular act in all Germany, hero of German pulp fiction – the last genuine hero of the... More > “American” Wild West. Yet, like Karl May before him, he never set foot in America... Billy became one of the world’s earliest superstars. He thrilled millions between the two World Wars, built a palatial mansion on the hill in Berlin, complete with a dude ranch in his backyard. In 1932, after joining the Nazi Party, he became their favorite, and soon reached the pinnacle of his success – this, despite the fact that he was half-Jewish! As his star waned, not because he was Jewish but because his name sounded too American as Germany entered World War II, Billy rediscovered his Jewish roots, and… but that’s for the reader to find out.< Less
Today Turkey stands at the center of the world as the preeminent Middle Eastern power broker. And yet there are increasing signs that beneath the glittering exterior, Turkey is a dormant volcano... More > ready to explode, as it has done so many times throughout history.
The endless fight to bring freedom of the press and freedom of speech is at the core of this historical fiction masterpiece. Readers endure the agony of defeat and ultimately celebrate the triumphant human spirit through four memorable characters. This is a story about the coming of age of modern Turkey. As this rewarding epic shows, if you don’t learn from the past, you’re doomed to repeat it.
Hugo N. Gerstl, celebrated American lawyer and author, lived in Turkey for two years, fell in love with the land and its people, and has returned often. Gerstl’s LEGACY was published in Turkey (titled MIRAS), one of the very few novels about Turkish history by a foreign author to be accorded such an honor.< Less