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Author Provides the Chance to Relive the Pleasure of Emerson

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Emory Daniels The art of essay writing has declined greatly since Ralph Waldo Emerson but this literary practice experienced resurgence in 2013 with the publication of “The Best of Chuck Klein” published by Science Humanities Press.

This collection of essays, opinion pieces and other literary jewels is an eclectic collection of the author’s best writing of the half-million plus words he has written about car stories, life experiences, police science, political thought, unique theories, personal creeds and belief systems.

Klein’s writings are based on his personal life experiences as a gardener, semi-truck driver, traveling salesman, purchasing agent, manufacturing plant manager, police officer, volunteer firefighter, licensed private investigator, columnist, editor, free-lance writer, photographer, farm manager, and police firearms instructor.

Klein, author of 10 books, is a lifetime writer who is best known for Circa 1957 that became a hot cult book favorite among hot rod enthusiasts and for his most popular and top selling book, Instinct Combat Shooting, a highly-used text for police academies and firearms instructors.

Examples of the author’s crisp writing are: “America is not a democracy it is a republic. A democracy is where a nation is governed by the concept of majority rules. In a true democracy the people decide all issues by whatever the majority wishes” and “The root of the race issue can be boiled down to one word: assimilation. Those who fail to assimilate, to meld into the melting pot, are doomed to being the outcast.”

And about Americans Klein writes: “Ideas are the backbone of America. American ingenuity, creativity and inventiveness are the threads of life that continue to weave new products, new concepts and better ways of doing almost everything. Ideas are what this country is all about. From the idea of an individual's freedom guaranteed by a constitution to the idea of a "better mouse trap," Americans propagate creativity.”

I have not enjoyed reading essays that much since I feasted on the writings of Emerson but reading “The Best of Chuck Klein” allowed me to relive that pleasant literary experience of years ago.

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