My new book, “Slaves of Our gods”, is now available in paperback version at Amazon.com books (click here). I will be releasing an e-form of the book for Kindle in a couple of weeks. But for now, the paperback version is for sale and I am proud of my accomplishment. And the hard work is now just beginning: marketing the book. I’ve had some experience with my first book, The Last of the Family Farms”, and I know that marketing is key to a successful launch of any book. Indeed, one of the reasons that I keep publishing my blog, “Finger Lakes Living”, is to advertise my books. It’s easy to get excited about seeing your book listed on Amazon. com, but there are literally thousands of books to choose from and without anyone knowing where to look for your book or what is in the book, sales are hard to come by. I will be doing a series of book reviews and I will post them as they come up.
But first, let me tell you a little about my book, “Slaves of Our Gods”:
This is a story about change. It’s a story about a boy who was born into the Agricultural Society of the United States but early on in his life, he realized that the world that he was living in was rapidly disappearing and that he must seek his fortunes elsewhere. It is a story of adventure, of survival, and of adaption to this new world.
Change in our lives is a given. It happens all the time. You can count on it. One part of the change equation uncovered in this book is that the change which often happens in our lives has its root cause in inventions and events that have previously occurred – inventions and events which most people aren’t even aware of.
The other part of the change equation that is uncovered in this book is the source of the acceleration of change in the last 20 years. This acceleration of change is but another branch of the Industrial Revolution tree which started around AD 1650. But this time, the human part of the decision making process is being taken out of the equation. And because of this, I say that a tsunami wave of disruption has landed on our shores. It’s a wave of disruption that will change us socially, change our educational system, our political system, and will destroy our churches.
Author Biography of James R. Bupp PhD:
I retired from IBM Endicott, NY in 1998 after twenty nine and a half years of service, and my wife and I moved to Canandaigua, NY, a small town in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. I took a part-time retail job with Chase-Pitkin, a home improvement store (owned by the Wegman family but now closed), and then after Chase-Pitkin closed, I took another part-time job at the Wegmans grocery store in Canandaigua. It was during these 11 years of part-time jobs that I began to really get to know people.
I wrote a book titled, “The Last of the Family Farms”, published in 2008. I wrote this book for my grandchildren so that they would know what it was like to have grown up on a family farm.
When I was working part-time at Wegmans, I started to think about writing another book. During my time at IBM, my days were filled with meetings, preparation of IBM’s famous fall and spring business plans, and with deadlines associated with shipments of parts. But since I was retired, I could let my mind drift a little. I observed people in all walks of life as they came to buy their groceries and I came to the conclusion that living in our society today is less satisfying than it used to be when I was growing up on the family farm. Indeed, the lifestyles of those folks who came into Wegmans to shop for their groceries seemed to be counterproductive to making a living, raising children, and really getting to know their families, friends, and neighbors.
“Slaves of Our gods” is a serious book. It is a warning to all to be prepared to live in a society where there are no morals, only machines that do our work and our thinking!
James R. Bupp