“Show respect to all, but grovel to none.”
–Tecumseh, a Shawnee who nearly stopped western expansion
I want to know why. I found early that books have many of the answers, as many people before us have asked and sought answers to the big questions, but that we also can't really understand the answers without feeling them, experiencing them, even physically confronting them.
This viewpoint led to a life of books and adventures as a newspaperman and then magazine journalist. As a boy, I devoured books from authors, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau and Ernest Hemingway and I went into the wilderness to understand what they were telling me.
I found Norman Mailer's The Fight and soon I found myself in a gym in New Paltz, New York, being taught to box by former heavyweight champion of the world Floyd Patterson. I boxed in his gym until I left for college.
I was drawn to and rattled by books on war from George Orwell, William Manchester, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and more and so I went to and graduated from Norwich University, the oldest private military academy in the United States, a place that still teaches honor and old-school gentlemanly conduct, and then I went into journalism.
Journalism took me to Colorado and to the wilds of Wyoming before bringing me to Park Avenue in New York City to work as an editor for Outdoor Life magazine. My pen soon took me down the Amazon, to runs with the bulls of Pamplona, to hunts with the Apache, to the Kalahari and to so many other places around the world to meet people and to ask questions and to confront the truth they were showing me.
I soon fly-fished everywhere from Alaska’s Kenai to Scotland’s River Spey to the American West's famous rivers to Japan’s freestone streams. Along the way I spelunked into Pompey’s Cave, climbed everywhere from New York’s Gunks to the Rockies, and followed my reporting to small, African villages and to gangs in New York City. As I followed these quests for answers, not the narratives served to us by today's media, I began to clearly see that too many have forgotten, or were never taught, the American gentleman’s way of life—a meaningful, empowering, honorable, courageous and deep philosophy that builds men (and, as it turns out, women) into heroes of their own stories. Along the way I knew I needed to begin writing books, as books are the deep dives into topics.
So these deep investigations led me the write the New York Times' bestselling The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide and Kill Big Brother. Along the way I won numerous awards for writing, and have contributed articles to Forbes, National Review, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Foxnews.com and many other outlets. I am now the editor in chief of America’s 1st Freedom magazine. My other books include The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting, Saving the Bill of Rights and The Future of the Gun.
I've interviewed the president of the United States in the Oval Office and I questioned many other leading Americans. I've also been a guest on Fox News’ Fox & Friends and on many other TV news programs, including One America News, Townhall’s Capitol Source, NewsmaxTV’s Midpoint, NewsmaxTV’s America’s Forum, the Christian Broadcast Network, Washington’s D.C.’s Local News 8 ABC, Glen Beck’s show on The Blaze TV, The World Over with Raymond Arroyo and PublicSqaure.net. I have also been asked on as an expert guest on hundreds of radio shows, including Dennis Miller, Dick Morris, Michael Reagan, Radio America Network, Janet Mefferd, Lars Larson, NRA News, Tom Gresham’s GunTalk, The Mancow Experience and Rusty Humphries. I have also given seminars and speeches to many large audiences.
I am still in the search for answers and am humbled by what I have found so far. I hope you'll come along with me on some of these quests.