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by Tim Wheeler

304 pages
"News From Rain Shadow Country," articles by reporter Tim Wheeler, spans Wheeler's youth on a Washington State farm and his retirement in the "rain shadow" of the Olympics. It recounts his family's triumph over McCarthyism, the visit of Barack Obama, Sr. father of our nation's 44th President and other surprises.

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About the Book
Tim Wheeler estimates he has written 10,000 news reports, exposes, op-eds, and commentaries in his half century as a journalist for the Worker, Daily World and People’s World. "News From Rain Shadow Country" is a selection of that writing covering his childhood and youth growing up on a dairy farm near Sequim, Washington in the 1950s and his retirement on the family farm in recent years.

The Cold War blacklist targeted Wheeler’s father, forcing the family to take up farming. Yet these stories are filled with triumph over hatred and fear, the wide circle of neighbors the Wheeler’s befriended, the surprise visits to the farm of folksinger, Pete Seeger, and Barack Obama, "The Elder" father of our nation’s 44th President, and many others.

He writes sympathetically of the trials and tribulations of fellow farmers, fishermen, loggers, millworkers, and retail workers, like the employees of WalMart. He devotes a chapter to the Quileutes, Makahs, and other tribes in their defense of sovereignty and treaty rights. He writes as a Marxist that working people must unite, stand against the corporate rightwing to win jobs, equality, a livable environment and world peace. He embraces the motto: "People and Nature Before Profits."



About the Author
Tim Wheeler has been a reporter, columnist, and editor of the Worker, Daily World and People’s World for over half a century. He grew up on a dairy farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, where his family moved in 1948 when his father, a target of the Cold War blacklist, was unable to find other employment. Wheeler graduated from Sequim High School in 1958 and from Amherst College in 1964. In 1966, he joined the staff of the Worker in New York City, a newspaper associated with the Communist Party, USA of which he is a member. He was assigned as Washington Bureau Chief of the Daily World in 1968 covering the protest movements for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. He covered the Watergate and the Iran-Contra conspiracy. He served for 11 years as Editor of the People’s Weekly World. He now writes regularly for the online People’s World. He embraces the motto: “People and Nature Before Profits.” He and his wife, Joyce, live on the family farm near Sequim, Washington.



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