Friday, January 21, 2005

Dear Friends,

For the past eight years I have been researching and writing a biography/memoir about my late brother, Monte “Avo” Melkonian. The book, entitled My Brother’s Road, has been a long time in coming, and it has not been easy to get it published. I’m happy to announce that the London publisher I.B.Tauris will officially release the book in the USA on February 1. Part biography and part memoir, My Brother’s Road is about a third-generation California boy who became a promising student of archaeology, a strike leader in revolutionary Iran, a militiaman in Beirut, a guerrilla, a convicted Armenian militant, a prison strike leader, a fugitive from half a dozen security agencies, and finally, a commander of 4000 warriors in one of the most vicious wars raging on the ruins of the former Soviet Union.

My Brother’s Road is a story that is at once inspirational and cautionary. Los Angeles Times writer Mark Arax has described it as “an astonishing book,” and historian Christopher Walker has described it as “driven by a sense of commitment which never overshoots into sentimentality or chauvinism.”

I invite you to read My Brother’s Road. The book in hardcover is now available for advance orders directly through the publisher, I.B. Tauris, or through the online booksellers. ( lists it for $19.77 plus shipping. (I understand that Amazon will ship any order of more than $25 for free within the USA and Canada. Thus, two copies of the book would cost around $40 including shipping, compared to one copy for $25. If you order more than one copy through Amazon, be sure to ask for Super Saver Shipping.) The online stores will ship the book on or around February 9. By mid-February, the book should also be available at your local bookstore. If the book is not on the shelf, please request that the store carry it.*

Best wishes,
Markar Melkonian

P.S. Please forward this message to family, friends and internet lists that might be interested.

*Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Monte Melkonian Fund, Inc., a California 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to assisting the neediest of the needy in Armenia.

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