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Gordon S. Black, Ph.D. Biography
Gordon S. Black is the retired founder and Chairman of Harris Interactive, which was when he retired in 2005 the fastest growing market research firm in the world, and highly profitable. Harris Interactive owns the Harris Poll, which Dr. Black supervised and which polled for many national media companies including NBC News, Newsday, USATODAY, Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal and more than 30 other national and regional publications. Dr Black received awards For his role in making Harris Interactive into the pioneering Internet company in the market research industry, including “Research Executive of the Year in 2000” (Research Business Report), a” Demographic Diamond” by American Demographics Magazine, and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Earnest and Young.
Prior to creating the Gordon S. Black Corporation, Dr. Black was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester, where he taught from 1968 to 1978, full time, and until 1981, part-time. He was a Social Science Research Council Award winner in 1968 and a Ford Foundation Fellow in 1970. His curriculum vita includes some 30 articles written for professional journals.
Dr. Black received his BA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1970.
This is a general fiction book. The target audience is probably readers over 45, slightly more male than female, and the cover must relate to the themes of the novel. It has to be eye catching. This cover will be used to sell the novel on electronic sale sites -- ebook publishers.
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The Strange Patient in Room 119
By Gordon S. Black
A man wakes up in the VA hospital in Palo Alto, California—restrained, badly beaten and tortured, and with no memory of what has happened to him or why. Although he does not remember it, he was the witness of a massacre of 8000 Taliban prisoners of war by the troops of the Northern Alliance in November and December of 2001, when he served as a CIA voluntary assigned translator for the American Special Forces, recruited because of his fluency in Pashto and Dari.
His parents are both Afghan refugees, who settled in Washington, DC, raised their brilliant son, and then returned to Afghanistan as ex-pats in an effort to help restore stability and civility to their country. They are brutally murdered shortly after their return because they learn about the corruption that is funneling off billions of dollars to private American and Afghanistan opportunists.
Unknown to him, what he has seen might implicate the American Forces in Afghanistan as observers to the genocide of the prisoners, murdered in cold blood by men under the command of General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northern Alliance. See attached file for more description of the novel and characters.