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Larry Roth

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bioThe Nazi Account- Larry Roth

Logan Hunt is lucky. Despite living during one of America’s worst economic depressions, with the world teetering on the brink of war, he has a wonderful wife, a bouncing baby, and a good job in the budding field of public relations. All things considered, he couldn’t ask for much more.

Then his boss drops a file on his desk—a new account from overseas. The organization is concerned about its negative image in the US media and wants to do something about it. The file has a unique symbol on its cover…a swastika!

Now, Logan is facing luck of a different kind, as he realizes that in order to keep feeding his family, he must take it upon himself to promote the Nazis. At first, it doesn’t seem too bad. It’s 1933, and Hitler hasn’t risen to power yet. Germany is still a democracy, after all. But the growing pile of anti-Semitism and his being asked to mediate between the American Nazi Party and the Jewish population creates increasing moral conflict.

How far can Logan go before he must put his family’s livelihood at risk and quit?

Is it already too late?

About the Author

bioLarry Roth graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1978. He wrote for various trade journals after he graduated including Chemical Marketing Reporter and Office World News. he married young and needed some money so he fell into public relations and then investor relations where he made some decent money. he then retired because he had this nagging idea for a book in his head since 1981. He has just published it and the feeling is better than any drug he could ever imagine.

In the Dog Pound with Larry Roth

bioMr. Roth, welcome to the ‘Pound’. The Nazi Account is a very interesting premise, where did the inspiration come from?

During a brief stint at my first public relations job I came across a primer on the subject of PR. There was a chapter on how countries use public relations to help attract tourists and make these nations more inviting and attractive. At the bottom of the page there was a footnote which stated that in 1933 the German government decided that they were not happy with their public relations in the United States and hired the largest PR firm in New York City to help them. I immediately thought to myself, “Oh my God! This is a book!” I imagined a young man during the Depression that had a baby and needed a job and found a position in a new and exciting field called public relations. Then after only a few weeks, he gets this account thrown on his desk and discovers that he is the point man for the account and the new Germany. What would he think? What would he do? Would he quit?
I was 25 years old at the time. It took me thirty years to get around to writing it but here it is.

bioThe book deals with a subject that could be quite controversial if not handled well, what issues around this did you need to address while pursuing it?

At first I started writing it as a Mel Brooks type book, modeled after “The Producers”. But it didn’t take long before I realized that I just couldn’t do it. Towards the end of 1933 the Nazi’s fully consolidated their power and subjects like book burning, sterilization and public beatings are just not funny. I tried to find humor in just how exasperated the people who worked on this account became. As the months rolled on and it became evident to everyone that there was just no way anyone could morally justify doing public relations work for the German Government, I focused on the issue of just how hard it would be to find a new job during the height of the Depression.

bioWhat did you find the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of the process?

That’s a tough question. Since it took me thirty years to write, I would say getting off my butt and actually writing the book was the most challenging. The rewarding parts are too numerous to mention. I remember that I had written about 150 pages of the book and suddenly realized that I only had ten more pages in my head. This was just way too short for a novel. I spent some time trying to figure out what I was going to do about this. There were a few ways to go but I was not happy with any of them. Then in one amazing instant it all came together and I knew that nothing was going to stop me from completing the book. Another reward was getting my first copy and holding it in my hand. It’s not every day that you can hold your life’s dream in your hand. Finally, the first time I signed a copy of the book and gave it to a reader was an experience I will never forget.

bioThe book has been getting great reviews since its release. Could you tell us how writing it and its subsequent success have affected you?

The book has been taking on a life of its own lately. It has found an audience with people familiar with public relations or advertising. It has found an audience with history buffs and it has certainly struck a chord with the Jewish population. The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia has it in its gift shop along with the Jewish Museum and Jewish Heritage Museum (Battery Park) in New York City. It will be in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC this Spring and it is currently in the library at Yad Veshem in Jerusalem. Writing this book has been a dream of mine for years, matched only by the birth of my three daughters. It has made me a realize that you can pursue your dreams no matter what your age. Any monetary success and notoriety is secondary.

bioWhat advice would you give those looking to follow a similar path to publication?

Just do it. Don’t wait. Write your book. Don’t spend too much time pursuing literary agents or publishers. Try it first, but don’t dwell on the rejections. The industry has changed so much in the past few years. Independent publishing is a great way to get your book out there and has a great many advantages. Just be prepared that editing your book is a long, long tedious process. Keep at it and don’t give up.

bioWith the story now told, what’s next? Do you have a follow up planned?

I do have an idea in mind but it’s just a bit early to talk about. A sequel is not out of the question.

bioAny final words for the readers?

I have tried my best to take a sensitive topic and make it into an enjoyable read. The feedback I have received makes me think that I have accomplished this. Please visit my website at www.thenaziaccount and let me know your thoughts. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com or BN.com. I want to thank Bulldog Press for the opportunity to speak about my book. You guys perform a great service for new authors!


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