Alex Abella

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Alex Abella (born 1950) is an American author and journalist best known for his non-fiction works Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire (2008) and Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States (2003, with Scott Gordon).

Early life[edit]

Abella was born in Cuba in 1950. His family left the country after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.[1] The family settled in New York, where Abella attended Columbia University on a Pulitzer scholarship.[2]

Career[edit]

After college, Abella moved to California to work for the San Francisco Chronicle initially covering local news, then network news as a reporter, writer, and producer.[1]

Abella left the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1980s for Los Angeles, spending seven years there as a Spanish language interpreter for the Los Angeles Superior Court.[1] His first novel, The Killing of the Saints (1991), is a Los Angeles crime thriller about the beliefs of the Santería religion used as a defense for murder.[3] Saints and its sequels, Dead of Night (1998) and Final Acts (2000), feature a Cuban-American lawyer and investigator of Cuban heritage.[4]

Abella's second novel, The Great American (1997) is set in Cuba in 1957 during the Cuban Revolution and is the fictionalized story of a United States Marine who fought on the side of Fidel Castro.

Abella's non-fiction work includes Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States (2003), co-authored with law professor and current Los Angeles Superior Court judge Scott Gordon. The book is set in Germany during World War II and follows a group of German-American agents trained in sabotage and terrorism.[5]

The author's most recent book, Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire (2008), is the first history of the foreign policy think tank founded by the United States Military and funded in part by the United States Government.[6][7]

In addition to his non-fiction books, Abella has been a contributing writer with the Los Angeles Times and now contributes to the Huffington Post.[8]

Awards[edit]

At KTVU-TV, Abella was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best Breaking News Story." His first novel, The Killing of the Saints (1991), was a New York Times Notable Book.,[9]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The Killing of the Saints (1991)
  • The Great American (1997)
  • Dead of Night (1998)
  • Final Acts (2000)

Non-fiction books[edit]

  • Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States (with Scott Gordon, 2003)
  • Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Garry Abrams (September 1991). "Writes of Passage". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  2. ^ Alex Abella (September 2000). "Pampas Style of Learning Down USC Way". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  3. ^ Christie, John S. (1998). Latino Fiction and the Modernist Imagination: Literature of the Borderlands. Routledge. p. 177. 
  4. ^ Pepper, Andrew (2001). The Contemporary American Crime Novel: Race, Ethnicity, and Class. Routledge. p. 161. 
  5. ^ Abella, Alex; Gordon, Scott (2003). Shadow Enemies: Hitler’s Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States. Lyons Press. 
  6. ^ "Soldier of Reason: Kirkus Review". Kirkus Reviews. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  7. ^ Herken, Gregg (2008-07-06). "Dr. Strangelove’s Workplace". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  8. ^ Abella, Alex. "Alex Abella at the Huffington Post". Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  9. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1991". The New York Times. 1991-12-01. Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-26.