Minstrel’s Alley Author, Gordon Basichis, to Write Non-Fiction book as a Follow Up to His Novel, The Guys Who Spied for China

The Guys Who Spied for ChinaMinstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, is writing a non-fiction follow up to his earlier novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The novel was a Quarter Finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards, and is a roman a clef based on Basichis’ true experiences, detailing how Chinese Espionage Networks were first discovered in the United States during the early and middle 1980’s. Basichis intends for the new book to describe the progress and failures in thwarting Chinese espionage attempts in recent years.

“I’m not the first one to say the United States policy toward China is inconsistent and often erratic,” said Basichis. “It is understandable, considering we are in a co-dependent relationship with neither side wanting to ever stretch tensions to the breaking point. At the same time, it has cost this country dearly in stolen technology and real and potential advantages in both the global economy and military superiority.

“The most recent mess is where the New York Times and other media outlets published how cyber breaches and possible Chinese moles all but destroyed American espionage efforts against China. It is a total debacle. It is just devastating. As I can only speculate on how such a breach may have occurred, I also think there is a pressing need for both the President and Congress to reassess its current policy with China and for the Intelligence Community to restructure its operation so that can assure the American public that moving forward oversight is such that it reduces the chance of calamity. And if a breach is discovered, it is quickly remedied.”

Basichis indicated that the book he is considering will be non-fiction and will help address the need for a more coherent policy toward China. He noted how the recent Chinese military buildup is based on both homegrown technology and advanced technology stolen from the American Defense Industry.

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When We Lock Ourselves Into the Cages of Our Own Constraints

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Here is what I find disturbing about this election campaign. It is less about the candidates than the people supporting them. It is less about the short term and the longer term and the fate of the nation. I have long held the mantra that I will survive any asshole who gets the job, so the hysteria of what one will do as opposed to the other leaves me if not sanguine at least skeptical about their ultimate potency. In short, not much changes.

But we have turned a new corner with their supporters. The supporters are so intent on stopping one candidate or the other they have given their direct or tacit approval to the manipulation of certain realities so that they will overlook even the most obvious displays of corruption and duplicity. In their alleged quest for the GREATER GOOD, it is now okay for the media to be openly partial, to fudge the facts, or, worse, to bury seriously damaging information that would adversely effect their candidate. It has now become okay to lie, cheat, obfuscate and conceal. All again for the GREATER GOOD.

Well, this is why it is often said the path to hell is paved with good intentions. The quest to stop one candidate or the other at ANY PRICE relinquishes the power and control over the news and informational venues and grants them the same kind of access that Pravda used to share in the old Soviet Union. Events are no longer merely matters of interpretation. They are instead instruments of propaganda. This is a Bad Precedent. This is Dangerous. This is how the path to good intentions turns at the fork onto a proto-fascist thoroughfare where the news agencies and the information sources are firmly controlled by the corporate instruments.

Historically, this is how people lock themselves in the cages of their own creation, and then spend years wondering how and why. You are in essence giving them the license. So in an attempt to stop a candidate at any cost you are paying a far greater price than you may realize.

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Minstrel’s Alley Sees Sales Double on Gordon Basichis’ Biographical Novel, Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story

Minstrel’s Alley, has seen recent sales double on its bestselling, Beautiful Bad Girl, the Vicki Morgan Story. The non-fiction book describes in first person the scandalous self-destructive relationship between department store scion and Ronald Reagan Kitchen Cabinet Member, Alfred Bloomingdale, and Vicki Morgan, his mistress of some thirteen years. The book is told through author, Gordon Basichis’ point of view, as he knew Morgan and got swept up in her murder trial, serving as a witness for the prosecution.

“Beautiful Bad Girl was absolutely scandalous when it was first published back in the eighties, by Santa Barbara Press,” said Minstrel’s Alley Publisher, M.J. Hammond. “People were much more morally constrained and less accepting of the wild bad girl and her years as Bloomindale’s mistress. It is an amazing story, a wild ride depicting how a high school dropout off the streets of suburban Los Angeles found notoriety and fortune hobnobbing with some of the richest and most powerful people in the world. Vicki Morgan, of course, came to her tragic end.”

Hammond noted that the increase in book sales is a result of a brisker marketing campaign and that the author, Gordon Basichis, has been interviewed for an upcoming documentary film about the luminaries of the eighties and the social mores of the time. She added that Basichis has been interviewed before on a number of occasions, including the Vicki Morgan segment on Investigation Discovery.

“The sex scandal made international headlines,” said Hammond. “Several books, seemingly countless feature articles, and different television segments have been made about this incredible story. But the book’s author,Gordon Basichis, was the only one who knew Morgan. She had chosen him to write her book.

“It is one crazy love story,” said Hammond. “The book is timeless. It makes most stories about obsessive romance, sado-masochism and exotic sex play among the rich and power seem like The Runaway Bunny. Years later, the more people get to hear the story, the more they want to know. Doesn’t matter if they are fiction or true stories, Beautiful Bad Girl is the gold standard.

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Minstrel’s Alley to Launch Campaign Marketing Beautiful Bad Girl; The Vicki Morgan Story as a Narrative of Eighties Female Empowerment

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Here is a new press release where Minstrel’s Alley is going to run a new marketing campaign for Beautiful Bad Girl.  Thirty years ago most pundits got on their high moral horse about how could a woman take money for sex and indulge in BDSM.   Today, Fifty Shades of Grey is a best seller and hit movie.  My how times have changed.

 

Minstrel’s Alley announced it was planning on marketing its number one bestseller “Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story” as a thematic example of early female empowerment. Vicki Morgan was longtime mistress to department store scion and member of Ronald Reagan’s Kitchen Cabinet, Alfred Bloomingdale. The non-fiction novel is told as a first person narrative through the eyes of author, Gordon Basichis, who worked on the book with Morgan, until she was murdered in 1983.

“In any number of publications, including an article in the Sun Herald, Fifty Shades of Grey is considered by many as a story of female empowerment ,” said Minstrel’s Alley Publisher, M.J. Hammond. “While Fifty Shades is a highly readable book, it is fiction, a fantasy. To see the result of a true story of obsessive love and BDSM, then Beautiful Bad Girl is the real thing. And it did not end well for either of the lovers.

“Minstrel’s Alley believes it is time to create a new marketing campaign for Beautiful Bad Girl,” said Hammond. “We see this as a story of a high school dropout who in the world of very rich and powerful people was able to prevail for over a decade, before her devotion to the one love of her life resulted in her murder. But in her prime this was a woman making some mid-six figure income in 1980’s money as a mistress, confidant, and perfunctory lover of some of the more notable names in international society. That is no easy feat.”

Hammond pointed out how Gordon Basichis’ chronicle of Vicki Morgan’s life has displayed remarkable legs as it has sold consistently since its first publication in 1985. She cited how the advent of electronic publishing created a robust market for this highly controversial story. Hammond also remarked that the new Minstrel’s Alley marketing campaign should enable readers to see this story in a different light.

 

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Minstrel’s Alley Features The Guys Who Spied for China in Tribute to the Reagan Library Espionage Exhibit

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Minstrel’s Alley will be featuring The Guys Who Spied for China on its promotion platform in tribute to special Espionage Exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
The showing is entitled SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. The exhibit will feature a look into the lives of secret agents, the types of equipment they use, and brief telling of the true stories behind covert missions that have shaped our history. It will be on display until March of 2014.

“As a locally based media company, we are promoting The Guys Who Spied for China in Conjunction with the Espionage exhibit at the Reagan Library because many of the actual events featured in the novel took place during the Reagan administration,” said Minstrel’s Alley Publisher, M.J. Hammond. “The world of espionage is fascinating to a great many people. And at the time when Reagan was President American Intelligence agencies first became aware of the wide spread Chinese Espionage Operations, taking place in the United States. The year 1985 was called the Year of the Spy by the media.”

Hammond explained that The Guys Who Spied for China, while written as fiction, was based mostly on the true events experienced by the author, Gordon Basichis. “The novel is based on Basichis’ offbeat experiences in working to uncover Chinese Espionage Networks in the United States. Basichis narrates how it all began and the attempts that were made to suppress Chinese spying efforts in the United States.”

“This is not your garden variety spy novel,” said Hammond. “It is offbeat and quirky, a character based narrative that is often darkly funny. The book manages to get the point across that the world of espionage is dangerous and crazy, but also necessary. Gordon Basichis was able to give this kind of them an intimate and contemporary twist. It is really out there and should engage a hipper collection of readers as well as your typical spy buffs.

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