“Well-told and dramatic story” –Madeleine Albright







Border Crossings is the well-told and dramatic story of a young man whose comfortable life is abruptly transformed by the savagery of World War II. Forced to rely on primal instincts and his familiarity with the rugged highlands of Moravia, Charles Novacek casts his lot first with the anti-Hitler Underground and then with the resistance to the Nazis’ Communist successors. ‘My recollections pain me,’ he writes, ‘still, they have made me who I am.’ Novacek’s experience as a Hungarian-speaking Czecho-Slovak patriot demonstrates the folly of petty nationalism and the resilience of human decency and love.”
 – Madeline Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State                                     

Image_019Exceptionally well written from beginning to end, Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance reads like a best-seller novel but is a true life memoir of a remarkable man who lived in horrific times and came through them to create a successful life despite what he had to overcome — or perhaps because of it! Border Crossings is an extraordinary and highly recommended read. Simply stated, a copy deserves to be in every community library 20th Century Biography collection for the sake of new and future generations of readers.”
 ― Midwest Book Review


READ AN EXCERPT from Border Crossings:
Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance

“Novacek’s tale is both incredible and authentic.”
- Metro Times, Detroit


5/20 – Center Line High School. Presentation for students of Jaime Bellos. Closed to public. Center Line, MI 48015

6/24 – Elderwise. Presentation, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, The Red Cross Building, 4624 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. www.elderwiselearning.org

Look for BORDER CROSSINGS at selected SUNDAY STREET MARKETS in Detroit’s Eastern Market this summer.


9/30 – Huntington Woods Public Library. (Rescheduled) Presentation/Signing, 7:00 p.m., 26415 Scotia, Huntington Woods, MI 48070, www.huntington-woods.lib.mi.us