A Time for Choosing

by Dale Soderberg



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/23/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9780759631137
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9780759631120

About the Book

In 1970 Communist China desperately wanted to restore its influence in Africa. Tanzania offered the perfect location because it needed financing for a new railroad which would connect its aging line with landlocked Zambia. When all Western powers, the World Bank, and the Soviet Union backed off from financing the railroad and opted instead for an all-weather highway, Mao seized the opportunity and designated the money for the railroad.

That much is a matter of public record.

What has not been known until now because the CIA suppressed the facts is what happened when Deputy Chairman Lin Chang was assigned the job of evaluating China’s vast expenditure. Armed with inside information on Chang’s visit to Tanzania long before it became public knowledge, the CIA stunned the Tanzanian CIA station chief, Mike O’Hare, with an order no intelligence operative should ever receive.

With Mike’s personal life already in turmoil, his beloved Tanzania promptly deteriorated into a living hell.

About the Author

Dale Soderberg had an artistic mother and a determined father. The result was a creative personality which led him from organizing and leading his own band while in high school and working as a radio announcer to majoring in English at Gettysburg College and in Systematic Theology at Gettysburg Seminary. While in college he was inspired to begin creative writing by professors who saw the glimmer of talent which was developed by writing sermons, short stories, and novels over a ten year stint in the Lutheran ministry in Clarion, PA; Horseheads, NY; and Syracuse, NY. However, it did not come to fruition until he became a high school English teacher who specialized in teaching Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James A. Michener, Nevil Shute, and other modern authors. His first novel, published in 1980, was an adventure/thriller built around the 1967 Israeli/Arab war. Since then writing has been a daily discipline and led to a second adventure/thriller: The Amsterdam Connection.

Among other creative pursuits, he originated, organized, and directed tours to Europe, the Middle East, and Lutheran mission fields in Guyana, Liberia, Tanzania, and India, many lands that have provided settings for his writing. An avid photographer, he took a picture of the Taj Mahal, which was chosen by Holiday magazine in 1960 as the 'Picture of the Month.' Early in his teaching career he decided that if one were to teach Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, it was imperative that he know something about the Feria de San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. Although he has never run with the bulls, he has watched the running during seven fiestas and become an American aficionado of the bullfight aided by his friendship with many English aficionados who know exactly what a proper bullfight should be.

Once retired he and his wife, Marjorie, expanded their activities to include working in Yellowstone National Park in 1993 and serving as volunteer missionaries in Papua New Guinea where Dale taught at the University’s Teachers’ College at Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province. Before and after they had the opportunity to travel extensively in New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia.

The consequence of his many creative activities over the years has brought him inclusion in the Marquis editions of Who’s Who in the East, American Education, the World, and America. He has also been honored in the Dictionary of International Biography published in Cambridge, England.

He and Marjorie live in Hamilton, NY, where the two have close ties with Colgate University. Marjorie worked in the University library and Dale was an advisor to graduate degree student teachers of English at Hamilton Central School.