Ellen McClay, writer and researcher, now living in Arizona, devoted years to elements of the so-called "cold war." She was a popular speaker and sought-after lecturer on radio and television. Some of her school years were in the Boston area, during an era redolent with the traditions of the Pilgrims, the Liberty Tree, the Boston Tea Party, the battle of Bunker Hill, the ''shot fired heard round the world.'' Inspired by these historical events, for a number of years she wrote monthly legislative analyses, appearing before legislative bodies: local, state and national. She maintains the rewriting of American textbooks which eliminate the truth of U. S. history plus the promotion of "progressive education," the painting of the United States as the "great Satan," were important and too often overlooked elements of the war against Western civilization.
Professionally, she served in management positions over more than twenty years in the health food industry, while also associate editor of a health food magazine, contributing feature stories, as well as a regular column, Along the Bumpy Road to Health, plus freelance articles in other magazines. Writing and narrating a TV series locally with a focus on UNESCO, prompted the writing of In the Presence of Our Enemies, her second book.