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HURD BARUCH received degrees from Hamilton College, Yale Law School and Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Rho, the Order of the Coif and Beta Gamma Sigma. He practiced law for more than forty years, in the fields of corporate and securities law and litigation, with particular emphasis on investigating corporate wrongdoing in this country and abroad. He served as an official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (1962-1964), and at the Securities and Exchange Commission (1969-1972). He has authored Wall Street: Security Risk (Washington: Acropolis Books 1971; Baltimore: Penguin Books 1972), a book about the near collapse of the brokerage industry at that time, andĀ Light on Light: Illuminations of the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the Mystical Visions of the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (Maxkol Communications 2004), a book summarizing and commenting on the detailed visions of the daily life of Christ by a stigmatic German nun, who has since been beatified. He is a frequent contributor of articles and book reviews for the New Oxford Review. Mr. Baruch lives in retirement with his wife, Mary Ellen, in Tucson, where he writes and is active in church and civic activities.

Author, Hurd Baruch (left) with Fra Carlo Laborde, O.F.M. Cap, Father Guardian of the Capuchin friary in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Photos below were taken by the author at sitesĀ mentioned in the novel in San Giovanni Rotondo, Manoppello and Monte Sant'Angelo and Rome Italy.

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