Manuscript Finished!

The manuscript of Christopher Zoukis’ latest non-fiction project is finished!  Hooray!  The completed manuscript will be submitted to the publisher — Headpress of the U.K. — in the next few days.  Tentatively titled United Blood Nation:  The Untold Story of the East Coast Bloods, the book was a collaborative effort between Christopher Zoukis and John […]

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Book Proposal

By Christopher Zoukis Killing God’s Enemies relates the origin, history and activities of the church of Christian Identity and its violent outgrowth called the Phineas Priesthood.  In doing so, the book reveals the group’s philosophy of hate; their methodology, which is death to all blacks, Jews, homosexuals and abortionists; and their goal, which is an […]

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Another Look at a Good Book

Image courtesy katu.com By Christopher Zoukis Genghis Khan established a vast empire during the 13th Century.  The Mongol Empire extended from the Dnepr River to the Pacific.  There’s another more contemporary group of Mongols.  It’s an outlaw motorcycle club that originated in December 1969, in a small town called Montebello, which is in Southern California.  […]

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Consider The Lobster: DFW

This video contains an excerpt from DFW’s breathtakingly delightful book — Consider the Lobster.  Originally published in the August 2004 issue of Gourmet magazine, this review of the 2003 Maine Lobster Festival set off a firestorm of controversy among the readers of the culinary magazine.  The essay is concerned with the ethics of boiling a creature alive […]

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A Supposedly Funny Thing: David Foster Wallace

DFW discusses his delightful non-fiction book — A Supposedly Funny Thing, which is a collection of essays and articles about various topics, places and almost-adventures.  DFW was often commissioned by slick New York magazines to write articles about subjects like cruises, lobster festivals, tennis tournaments, etc. Note the difference between DFW’s articulation and the interviewer’s […]

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News

Image courtesy mspub.blogs.pace.edu- By Christopher Zoukis Recent publishing news:  College For Convicts (tentative title) will be published by McFarland & Co. I have signed a publishing contract with Headpress, a U.K. publisher, to produce a book on the East Coast Bloods. And I hope to soon announce some exciting news in the fiction arena.  Stay […]

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Stolen World

By Jennie Erin Smith

Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis                                

Status, whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, is important in life.   Status is an unspoken, yet universally recognized, form of competition.  Status may be derived from any number of things, including how much money one has, what kind of car one drives, and what brand of clothing one wears. And each and every subculture within a culture has its own particular system of status. 

For example, a few years ago, status among Roman Catholic priests was determined by cuff links.  The fancier the cuff links, the higher the status.  Right now, among fourteen-year-males in California, status may be gained or lost based on the brand of shoes worn.  Vans convey status, as do DC shoes and the Etnies brand.  Nike athletic shoes are totally cool, whereas Reeboks are not. 

This state of affairs is omnipresent, touching every facet of life, even, as strange as it may seem the bizarre world of smuggling.  And not just any old smuggling, either.  To be precise, the secretive subculture known as illegal reptile smuggling.  Which, by the way, is extremely lucrative for those participants who are successful.

Two of the most successful reptile smugglers were Hank Molt and Tommy

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