Introducing Gabriela Ionela Keller, author of Women of Fame, Infamy and the Great War

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Gabriela Ionela Keller currently holds a B.A. in the History of Decolonization from the University of La Verne, which she earned in 2001. She also earned a Masters Degree in World History with an emphasis on Nationalism from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2004. Ms. Keller was a Ph.D. student in History at Claremont Graduate University from 2004-2010. Born in Romania prematurely, weighing a mere pound and a half. At seven months old, she was given an injection of an outdated polio vaccine, an action that ultimately caused her cerebral palsy.

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The major theme is the role of women, ordinary and royal, during World War I. For centuries, women have been considered second-class citizens, and because of this prevailing attitude by men, women too often have been relegated to subordinate roles in society. One male physician, Dr. Charles Meigs, in the 1860s, wrote that a woman “has a head almost too small for intellect but just big enough for love.” Nevertheless, women persevered and stepped into uncharted territory as they pursued careers beyond the traditional roles of being housewives. Some of the struggles that women had to endure to achieve professional recognition in the public sphere are examined, and also the participation of European queens in the war effort and their personifications as living symbols of nationalism for their nations. The contributions to the war efforts of Queen Mary of Great Britain (1867–1953), Czarina Alexandra of Russia (1872–1918), and Queen Marie of Romania (1875–1938) are discussed.

Introducing Marian Ely, author of Letters from the Cold War

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Marian Ely lives a quiet retired life in Corvallis, Oregon and actively continues to write. “My favorite activity besides writing is reading the newspaper in the morning and then doing the crossword puzzle in my favorite college coffee hangout called The Beanery next to Oregon State University campus. If you are ever in Corvallis, try The Beanery’s Sumatra coffee with a sesame bagel and herb cream cheese. It doesn’t get much better than that!”

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This is a collection of letters that represents my experiences in West Germany during the Cold War. I served in the US Army there from November, 1974 to February, 1978. I was a Radio Teletype Operator and then had the wonderful experience of singing with the 7th Army Soldiers’ Chorus based out of USAREUR (US Army Europe) in Heidelberg. My entire time of three years and three months in West Germany was full of adventures that were delightful, challenging and occasionally downright scary.

Introducing Philip Michaels, author of Love Me Two Times

“I’m most happy to provide you with a most heartfelt testimonial. The experience I’ve had with Outskirts Press has been fantastic compared to the nightmare I had with a ‘large self-publishing company’ on my previous novel.”

Philip Michaels writes from personal experience about San Francisco, Berkeley, and Harvard during the dynamic and turbulent late 1960s. Before taking an early retirement to focus on writing, he was an executive for a major financial services firm in San Francisco, where he still resides with his wife.

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“Love Me Two Times” is a poignant, ill-fated, love story that vividly recreates the sights, sounds, thoughts, mood, and tumultuous events of the late 1960s.

Introducing Talanga P. Nefwani, M.A., M.Ed., author of Identity Problems of Black Africans

“Colleen demonstrated her professional skills during the publication phase of my book. Her directives were concise and to the point for allowing me to arrive to the finishing line as an author.”

Talanga P. Nefwani is originally from Mbanza Kongo, Angola. He studied in the U.S. and earned a bachelor of arts in psychology, a master’s degree in school administration, and a master’s degree of education. He is a former associate professor of teaching methodologies and teacher’s professional deontology at the Institut Pédagogique National, under the auspices of the Université Nationale du Zaire, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire (today Université Pédagogique Nationale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo). Nefwani was chargé adjoint for the Department of Education for the Front National for the Liberation of Angola. He was also a director for relief programs in Africa, particularly in Angola during the civil war, under African Christian Relief, an American non-profit organization.


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Since the 15th century, history has revealed a systematic dismantling of African history and culture, with changes and distortions of names, theft of art and artifacts, and, most importantly, the imposition of Christianity on the African continent. This, coupled with the devastating effects of colonization, slavery, and other European oppressive systems, has resulted in an identity crisis among black Africans. In Identity Problems of Black Africans, Talanga P. Nefwani addresses this enormous problem. Yet he holds out hope and conviction that when black Africans learn about their glorious history, they can speak with pride and dignity to restore their African identity and spirituality-and preserve the integrity of their cultural heritage. It is a challenging time for black Africans to stand up for their inalienable human rights; to define and protect their cultural and personal identity. The author invites black Africans to think differently, unite their efforts, and adopt the ideologies of Négritude, Pan-Africanism, and Afrocentrism to overcome the psychological warfare launched by Europeans to subdue black Africans forever.

Introducing Gabriela Ionela Keller, author of A Bouquet of Adventures in History: Daring Women and Their Stories

“This team was the best of the best. Special thank you to Dana who listened to me and made sure that what I asked for was done. A heart felt thank you to everyone who worked on my book. I want to have this team for my next book.”

Ms. Keller holds a B.A. in the History of Decolonization from the University of La Verne, which she earned in 2001. She also earned a Masters Degree in World History with an emphasis on Nationalism from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2004. Ms. Keller was a Ph.D. student in History at Claremont Graduate University from 2004-2010. Born in Romania prematurely, weighing a mere pound and a half. At seven months old, she was given an injection of an outdated polio vaccine, an action that ultimately caused her cerebral palsy.


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First, historically the 1970’s are associated with the women’s movement, and generally we assume that women gained some rights that they never had before. Perhaps we need to reconsider this assumption. However, the truth is that women were not gaining their rights, they were regaining their rights to (some extent because the Feminist Movement is not inclusive). Keller’s research has led her to believe that the advent of Christianity led to the loss of rights for woman on the European continent. The interpretation of the Christian doctrine enabled the church to deliver a punishing blow to women for centuries. The second study offers an analysis and some comparisons of the writings of four authors regarding women’s rights in Great Britain and France centered on the issue of prostitution. Keller examines prostitution from both the legal and moral aspects of Victorian London and Paris. The purpose of the third study is to examine the life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, her quest for women’s rights, but more specifically her contributions as a surgeon during the American Civil War. The woman physician made her rounds through the miserable hospital ward; she noticed a photograph case on the table next to a young soldier. Wishing to cheer him, she remarked, it must hold the “sweetest face in the world.”

Introducing PFC Calvin T. McKibbin and Marsha Wright, Editor, author of A Worm’s Eye View: Being A Private in World War II

“I am so overjoyed to have the help I needed to get the book published. Thank you all.”

Marsha Wright was raised by her parents in a small mid-Western town in the United States. She is an engineer and a teacher. After her father completed his memoirs, and being the product of a generation of veterans, she committed herself to revealing what war looks like from the “bottom up.”


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Set during one of the most tumultuous times in the history of America, A Worm’s Eye View is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Cal’s memories as a Private in 1944, during the invasion of Germany, reveal the everyday life and drudgery of war, and personalize the struggle of millions on both sides of the conflict.

Introducing Haji Razmi, author of The Alliance

“What I experienced with Outskirts Press in publishing my book was a lot more than what I expected. The process was smooth, my questions were answered, and I received suggestions and recommendations from my Author Representative, which were very helpful.”

Haji Razmi was born in Kandahar-Afghanistan. He went to the School of Law and Political Sciences, Kabul University. While employed at the Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan, he earned the certificate of graduation from the Institute of Diplomacy. He worked for four years as a diplomat at the United Nations in New York. Utilizing a UN fellowship, he earned the certificate of attendance of the 1990 full summer sessions of the International Law Commission in Geneva and of the International Law Academy of The Hague. From 2010 to 2014 he taught Pashto language at California State – East Bay and Stanford Universities. He is the author of Afghans Don’t Cry – a collection of short stories. He works and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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“Even if the sky falls to the ground, even if the whole world begs me, and even if all the people in the city and in the country kiss my hands and feet, I swear to God, I swear to the Prophet and I swear to the Quran that this cannot and will not happen, you all know me very well, when I say no to anything, that thing cannot be done even if it costs my life. If my son is really my son, he will never be able to do this. I am known in the whole world, from here to London, from Pakistan to America, as a hero of Jihad, so tell my son not to mess up with me…” This novel takes you on a fascinating journey into the moral, cultural, social, political and historical lifestyle of a nation where both ancient and modern empires and super powers; Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Mogul Empire, Persian Empire, the British Empire, Sikh Empire, the Soviet Union and finally the richest country in the human history, the United States of America adventured but lingered in knowing the uniqueness and the real convolution of its way of life. This novel takes you deep down to that point of the journey where I bet you have never been.