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Was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "Jack the Ripper"? Yes, He Was - Watch TV's Travel Channel on June 18th for All the Details

Posted: 2019/06/13

Garden City Park, NY: Be sure to place orders right away for Square One’s controversial True Crime/Biography title The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey into Madness & Mayhem.

The book—which puts forth the idea that the notorious “Jack the Ripper” killer who murdered several women in Victorian-era London, England was none other than beloved Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—will be featured on the Tuesday, June 18th episode of Travel Channel’s new investigative TV show America Unearthed hosted by Scott Wolter.

Also featured in the TV segment will be the book's authors, son/father writing team and medical doctors Dan Friedman, MD, and Eugene Friedman, MD.

The show's episode—titled “The Ripper Unmasked”—will explore the Friedmans’ incredible yet heavily researched theory in great detail, going so far as to show a connection between the murderous clues left by “Ripper”/Doyle at several murder scenes and the ritual symbolism employed by the secretive Freemason society over many generations.

America Unearthed airs on Tuesday nights nationwide at 10 PM ET/PT on Travel Channel, which is also available throughout the world. Follow @TravelChannel and #AmericaUnearthed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more exclusive content and updates—and follow host Scott Wolter on Twitter @realScottWolter.

This book—declared “a gripping and fascinating read” by none other than world-renowned Ripperologist expert Paul Begg—is poised now to become one of the most discussed, debated—and yes, wildly popular books of the year for Ripperologists and Sherlockians alike. Both passionate and precise, The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle brings a fresh new look at an old mystery.

And in addition to the first hardcover edition that is currently available ($29.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0348-6), Square One will also be bringing out a paperback version of The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0431-5) in this month of June 2019.

The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle is available on, and wherever else books are sold.

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Former NYS Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg Honored by NYS Legislature on June 12th

Posted: 2019/06/12

Garden City Park, NY: After a life spent dedicated to all manner of public service for more than sixty years, former longtime New York State assemblyman and Long Beach City Council member Harvey Weisenberg was honored on June 12 by the New York State Senate and Assembly. (To see presentation, click here - segment starts at 14 min. mark, ends at 33 min.)

In addition to his political service, Mr. Weisenberg has worked tirelessly over the past six decades as a police officer; a special-ed teacher and elementary school assistant principal; and even as, in his own words, "the oldest working lifeguard."

Much of Weisenberg's life, as mentioned in a recent article about him from the Long Island Press, was devoted to the improvement of daily life for special needs families through his work as a politician when "he served for 13 years on the Long Beach City Council and 25 years as a New York State assemblyman, during which time he was responsible for more than 337 bills signed into law." Some of the laws he helped pass during his tenure include: Adam's Law, which requires safety restraints in taxis and delivery vehicles to be clearly visible at all times; Louis' Law, which requires that life-saving defibrillators be made available in all schools; and Jonathan's Law, which demands that "residential care facilities notify and inform parents and legal guardians of children and adults receiving services of [any/all] incidents involving their loved ones" among many others.

The most important part of his life, however, has remained the life and family that he built with his beloved late wife, Ellen, over more than 50 years. In particular, as he writes about so movingly in his memoir For the Love of a Child ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0480-3), much of his life's meaning was crystallized by the love and care he felt for Ellen's son, Ricky, who had been born with cerebral palsy. Now sixty years old and living in a group home in the Plainview section of Long Island, New York, Ricky continues to give a sense of purpose and responsibility to the eighty-four-year old Weisenberg each day. A figure of strength and inspiration for special needs families both across New York and well beyond the state, former NYS Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg has done much to improve the world in which he lives—and for that, he is to be congratulated.

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Square One's "Father's Day Story"

Posted: 2019/06/07

Garden City Park, NY: Jan Yager has written and published 50 books during her 48 years in the book biz. There’s always been one book, though, that she had hoped to help see published—the one her father had always wanted to write.

“I found out a few years after he passed away from a brain tumor at age 80,” Yager recalls, “that my father, a dentist who gave up his own private practice when he was 65, had wanted to write a self-help book for retirees—but he never told me or anyone else about it. I only learned about his literary ambition when my mother shared with me a journal my Dad had been keeping in the year leading up to his retirement, and beyond. If only I have known about my Dad’s goal of becoming a published author! I could have helped him to fulfill it. I know in my heart of hearts that my Dad’s later years would have been more rewarding for him.”

With the recent publication of her newest title, How to Self-Publish Your Book ($19.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0465-0), Yager hopes to now help others, old and young alike, to achieve their own dreams of writing—and, yes, publishing—a book of their own.

Having worked fulltime beginning at age 23 with such big trade houses such as Macmillan and Grove Press; getting published starting at age 26 by commercial giants like Scribner, Prentice-Hall, Doubleday, Wiley, and Simon & Schuster, among others; and then self-publishing through her own company, Hannacroix Creek Books, since 1996, Yager found a like-minded publishing colleague for her book on self-publishing in Rudy Shur. (Shur is himself the author of Square One's popular guide How to Publish Your Nonfiction Book, now in a revised second edition.)

Having been president of Avery from its 1976 start date until its 1999 acquisition by Penguin Putnam (yes, that’s pre-“PRH” consolidation name with Random House from a few seasons back), Shur’s present company, Square One Publishers, is now the biggest independently-owned trade book publisher of both alternative and conventional health books in the nation.

It didn’t hurt that Shur remembered first meeting Yager when both were still NYC borough kids in their late teens—Jan grew up in Bayside, Queens, graduating from Francis Lewis High School. But what chiefly drove Shur's decision to publish Jan’s book on the good, the bad, and the ugly of self-publishing was just how many horror stories he had heard from any number of self-published authors whenever he would give talks and lectures to writers’ groups and organizations.

“Eight out of ten of these people,” Shur says, “would tell me how they had paid so-called ‘publishing experts’ to help them publish their very own bestseller. These folks didn’t have a clue. They needed to know that no one can promise that your book will become a bestseller. But at least they could write and publish a book that could potentially stand up to the competition. I always thought to myself, if only those self-published authors could have gotten a hold of a book that would tell them everything they needed to actually know about how to go about publishing their own book.”

Fortunately, that book, How to Self-Publish Your Book, now exists. Yager's book is already getting high marks from pre-publication sources that the book industry turns to for guidance about what new books to know about, such as the American Library Association’s Booklist (“Realistic, accessible, and thorough”), the equally library-friendly Library Journal (who has given the book a starred review), and the 100+-year-old book biz guide, Publishers Weekly (“Invaluable to anyone seeking to self-publish”).

Stuck for a gift to get those fathers in your lives who always seem to like telling stories, or those who you guess just might be harboring a secret wish to write a book and get it published? How to Self-Publish Your Book just might do the trick.

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For corrupt guardianships, it's still déjà vu all over again

Posted: 2019/06/05

Garden City Park, NY: Being that June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, we remain shocked to see a TV news report from back in 2001 about the all-too-real phenomenon of court-appointed probate guardianship and its damaging effects upon the elderly and their family members.

Eighteen years later, as observed by Dr. Sam Sugar in his new book Guardianships and the ElderlyThe Perfect Crime  (Square One, $19.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0433-9), the corruption at the center of this terrible situation continues to fester and rot in courthouses all over the US.

To see the first part of the segment, titled “Who's Guarding the Guardians,” you can click herethe second part of it can be seen here.

Dr. Sam Sugar, who is also founder and president of American Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), is featured  in the Tablet Magazine article “Guardians from Hell” by reporter Gretchen Rachel Hammond.

Here's what folks have been saying about Guardianships and the Elderly over the past months:

“A powerful voice in senior advocacy sounds the alarm on the guardianship industry’s gross abuses . . . a potent, important call to action for those preparing to assume or actively involved in the estate caretaking of an incapacitated loved one.” Kirkus Reviews

“Enlightens readers about the financial and psychological toll taken on vulnerable elderly people by corrupt court-appointed guardians . . . with the aging of the American population and the concomitant increase in expected guardianships, this is a timely and valuable cri de coeur [passionate appeal].” Publishers Weekly

“Readers who worry about the trustworthiness of court-appointed guardians who are supposed to protect the health, assets, and welfare of a ward will find their fears confirmed . . . this is certainly an informative look at an important yet little-understood subject.” Booklist

“[A] disturbing but very important book.” Grady Harp, AMAZON TOP 100 Reviewer

Guardianships and the Elderly  is available on, or wherever else books are sold.

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"Ultra"-processed foods lead to early death from cancer and heart disease - DUH!

Posted: 2019/05/30

Garden City Park, NY: Summer is on its way—but so, apparently, is a steady worldwide surge of diet-related deaths. Amid the growing tide of medical studies conducted and announced over the past decade, two new studies out of France and Spain show a link between repeated consumption of "ultra-processed" foods and early death from cancer and heart disease.

As reported by BBC News, the first study—conducted by Spain's University of Navarra—spent a decade in which they followed and recorded each year the diet of 19,899 people, while France's University of Paris observed the eating habits of 105,159 people over a five-year period.

From the 335 deaths that occurred during the course of their study, the University of Navarra found there were 16 deaths among those who ate the most ultra-processed food for every 10 deaths of those who ate the least. In the University of Paris study, meanwhile, heart disease and cancer rates stood at 277 people per 100,000 per year among those who ate the most ultra-processed food—compared with the lower figure of 242 people per 100,000 each year among those who had eaten the lesser amounts.

Yet, despite a spate of evidence that names all manner of processed foods as the culprit in our ongoing global health woes, the experts remain reluctant to confirm the dangers. As a result, much of the general public ignores these findings—and keeps on eating their poor diet.

One expert not afraid to point the finger, though, is former FDA investigator Dr. Renee Dufault. As she examines at length in her book Unsafe at Any Meal, this early-stage epidemic of food-related disease and death is entirely the fault of processed foods and beverages. Fuller blame rests with the often global food corporations that make billions each year on the backs—and bodies—of those consumers who are unwittingly led, by a sustained and well-funded blitz of advertisements and misinformation, into slow-phase slaughter . . . care of their dining tables.

Again, this is not the first clue that processed foods are bad for us. This past March,  a group of Harvard researchers with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered a direct and dangerous link between drinking "sodas, sports drinks, and other sugary beverages" and the increased likelihood of dying from heart disease and breast or colon cancers. Spoken in everyday language, the study showed you can shorten your life span by fourteen to eighteen percent (14 - 18%) if or when you drink just two cans of soda.

Then last year in August 2018, another study was announced by the national media, whereby an advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group has discovered trace levels of a dangerous crop-dusting herbicide called glyphosate in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and a variety of other processed breakfast foods that the report showed could increase the likelihood of cancer in young children.

This aggregate flurry of bad food news stretches back even further to October 2017, when a major study conducted by the nonprofit organization The Clean Label Project found alarming levels of arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals in approximately eighty percent (80%) of infant formulas sold on the market. According to the World Health Organization at that time, arsenic in particular remains associated with a higher occurrence of autism, ADHD, heart issues, diabetes, and cancer among children and adults alike.

In other words, the presence of harmful chemicals in processed baby foods has the power to turn our collective "cradle to grave" life span into a far shorter trip.

Of course, Dr. Dufault has known about and been trying to spread word of this worrisome lapse in food safety to the public since 2004. When ordered to stop her investigation of this problem with processed foods by senior management at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), she opted instead for early retirement and soon after founded the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute (FIHRI)—the only federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the US devoted entirely to food ingredient safety, consumer education, and research. In her continued role as a food safety whistle-blower, Dr. Dufault remains committed to educating the public about the perils of processed foods—in particular, the harmful role that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) plays alongside those trace levels of toxic heavy metals that continue to be found in much of the "fast" food that too many of us eat.

If you like being alive, and want to minimize your chances of dying young from a heart attack or cancer, then read Unsafe at Any Meal and learn once and for all what you should eat and what you shouldn't. What do you have to lose by taking this step, other than your life?

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