I have read the Analects of Confucius (Simon Leys translation) more than once and keep it at my desk. It is well worth reading, even if it does not flow like novel or offer the false excitement of a soap opera.
Although this collected wisdom was conceived twenty-six centuries ago, Confucius remains relevant. Human nature has not changed. Unfortunately, like so much wisdom, it is mostly forgotten, ignored, or unknown. Brother Mao played no small role in this sad fact. And, the man has been denigrated by such foolishness as the child's game: "Confucius says".
I will offer only one small sample, something I have found so apt to anyone writing, reading, or witnessing political diatribe and media reporting. He wrote "...rectify the names. If the names are not correct, language is without an object".
Words (names) are important, then, now, and in the future.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.