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James Pratt burst onto the national literary scene in 1998 when his first novel, "The Last Valentine", became a New York Times bestseller. A master of stories about love and war, he has since published three other novels. "The Lighthouse Keeper" and "Ticket Home" were each featured selections in The DoubleDay and The Literary Guild bookclubs. His fourth novel, "Paradise Bay", was released in the spring of 2002. James Pratt has been married to his wife, Jeanne, ...
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James Pratt burst onto the national literary scene in 1998 when his first novel, "The Last Valentine", became a New York Times bestseller. A master of stories about love and war, he has since published three other novels. "The Lighthouse Keeper" and "Ticket Home" were each featured selections in The DoubleDay and The Literary Guild bookclubs. His fourth novel, "Paradise Bay", was released in the spring of 2002. James Pratt has been married to his wife, Jeanne, for twenty-five years. They are the parents of two children and reside in Provo, Utah.
A veteran of World War II, and a member of the generation Tom Brokaw has called " the greatest generation," skinny Grant Pratt lied about his weight to enlist in The United States Army.
He was an unpretentious man who acquired little of this world's wealth. What he did possess, in rich abundance, was a set of old-fashioned values, which he somehow succeeded in passing along to his family of ten children ~ values that current readers are bound to find refreshing.
In this loving tribute to an "ordinary" dad, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author James Pratt evokes a simpler time in American history ~ the years following the Great Depression and World War II, when Southern California was filled with dusty little towns and when a man could have purchased the bean fields that have become LAX for $5 an acre, except no one had five dollars.
Through heart-warming stories and nostalgic recollections, James Pratt reminds us of twelve timeless virtues that are in increasingly short supply in today's world. In doing so, he reaffirms for today's dads the unique power a father has to shape and mold his children's characters.
Chapter 1: He Lied To Save the Planet
Chapter 2: "I Should've Bought LAX When It Was a Bean Field
Chapter 3: "How Ya Doin' Chicken?"
Chapter 4: The Good Humor Man
Chapter 5: "It's Better to Be Kind Than Right"
Chapter 6: "If It Is Convenient, It Probably Isn't Service"
Chapter 7: "There's No Substitute for a Good Name"
Chapter 8: An Honest Day's Work for an Honest Day's Pay
Chapter 9: "Imitate the Carpenter: Measure Twice, Cut Once"
Chapter 10: "Don't Worry About Things You Can't Do Anything About"
Chapter 11: "They Were Just Like Us"
Chapter 12: The Three Most Powerful Words
Chapter 1: He Lied to Save the Planet (excerpt)
Dad descended from pilgrim stock, immigrants who helped found this nation, starting in the mid-1600s. His parents were literally pioneers of the West, hardy folks who embraced traditional moral values-being honest, honoring your promises, working hard, and living virtuous lives-the values that were common to the day and which they tried to pass on to their children and grandchildren.
But now it was 1941, and the fate of the nation so dear to my father and his family, indeed the fate of the world, was about to be decided in the biggest military conflict of all time-the second such global war since the beginning of the young twentieth century.
Posted June 4, 2003
James Michael Pratt, a 'New York Times' and 'USA Today' best-selling author of four previous novels of moral fiction, celebrates the noble values and courageous history of the World War II generation in this biopic of his father, Jake Pratt. Jake was a humble, unassuming man but was a very successful father and husband who raised a large family in Southern California on a diet of traditional values, which has stayed his children well. Mixing humor and insight, Jake taught his children about the need for sacrifice in life, the essence of happy marriages, the value of hard work and nine other scruples, which are chronicled in this cookbook for a happy family and personal life. Jim Pratt's book is a refreshing alternative to Hillary Clinton's just-released rewriting of the 1990's White House, 'Living History', in which she nauseatingly dredges up the lamentable Monica Lewinsky period, her husband's filandering, and his sexual dalliances with Paula Jones, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broderick and others. 'Dad, The Man Who Saved The World' is a fine gift for Father's Day and other times that can be enjoyed by the family. Rather than dwelling on the weakest points of our nation's history, it celebrates what NBC Anchorman Tom Brokaw calls 'The Greatest Generation'. With the recent valor demonstrated by American servicemen in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the twelve virtues expressed in 'Dad' and the heroism of the World War II generation make 'Dad, The Man Who Lied To Save The Planet' both a timely and a timeless book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.