“Well-told and dramatic story” –Madeleine Albright

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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

EVENTS FOR 2015

4/24 – Czech Slovak Sokol Minnesota. Illustrated talk, 7:00 p.m., CSPS Hall 383 Michigan St., St., Paul, MN 55102

4/25 – Literary Ventures, Czech & Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota. Book discussion, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, CSPS Hall 383 Michigan St., St., Paul, MN 55102 http://cs-center.org

5/2 – Milford Public Library, Local Author Fair, 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m., 330 Family Drive, Milford, MI 48381 www.milfordlibrary.info

5/11 – Primetimers, St. James Catholic Church. Presentation, Details TBD, 46325 Ten Mile Rd., Novi, MI

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

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