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"I ACCUSE MYSELF OF..." is an autobiography of Robert Holton, a former Associated Press writer. Holton recalls in rich, often vivid detail his life growing up in Catholic Pennsylvania during the 1920's. His book is a fascinating glimpse through history often dismantling the perception that life was somehow "easier back when." Holton recounts his days as a Catholic school boy, often insightful but always entertaining, particularly where the staunch Father Sharkey is involved. He talks about the impacts that his close-knit family and their religion had upon his values and beliefs, as well as his experiences as a prisoner of War, spending 19 months at the German's infamous Stalag 17 POW camp. "I Accuse Myself" is a graceful, pleasant stroll through history as told through the eyes of a man who reported upon its passing is his years as an AP writer and later an overseas correspondent for a New York religious newspaper that based Holton in Rome, Italy and sent! him on the quest of Catholic news halfway around the world. "I ACCUSE MYSELF OF..." will release on December 1, 2005. -Katco pre-release information.
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Robert Raymond Holton, who authored the book on the funeral of Elvis Presley has spent almost half a century in the field of writing. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Holton was educated in Catholic elementary and high schools before enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was serving as a tail gunner on a B17 when he was shot down over Germany and taken prisoner for 19 months in infamous Stalag Luft 17 Prison of War Camp in Krems, Austria. Returning to the United States, Holton attended Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from which he graduated in 1949. He began his writing career as a fledgling reporter in the Reading, Pa., Morning Times and three years later became an Associated Press writer in Harrisburg, Pa., bureau. Seven years later, he was assigned to the New York City Bureau Desk of the AP and worked there for eight years before becoming a foreign correspondent for a New York City religious newspaper headquartered in Rome, Italy. After eight years gathering and writing news throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, he and his wife and their four children returned to the United States and founded a Catholic diocesan newspaper called “Common Sense” in Memphis, Tennessee. He authored a history of the Catholic Church in Western Tennessee entitled “In The Beginning . . . ” and finally retired nine years ago. It was in Memphis that Robert Holton and Robert Kendall’s paths crossed as a result of a mutual interest in the science of Karate. Holton now resides Cordova, Tennessee. The Holton’s have eight grandchildren.
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