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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Watch the Book Trailer for "Once a Marine"

As many of you know, we are always seeking ways to stay ahead of the competition, elevate our books and authors, and maintain a momentum in what is an otherwise stagnant industry.

Therefore, I take great pride in presenting to you a Hollywood-style book trailer we prepared for Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery, by Nick Popaditch with Mike Steere (Savas Beatie, October 1, 2008).

Turn up the volume, and make sure you watch to the very end for a "special" photo message from "Gunny Pop" Nick. I know you will appreciate seeing him.

PLEASE NOTE: this YouTube trailer is the LOW-resolution version. The high-resolution trailer (with full credits and better graphics) will be streaming off a variety of websites including www.savasbeatie.com, www.onceamarine.com, and all the Weider History Group sites. The high-resolution version can be opened to full screen to fully appreciate the power of the imagery. It will also be available for free high-resolution download, and is TV quality.

ABOUT NICK: Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch is a former marine Gunnery Sergeant, a Silver Star winner, a 15-year veteran of the USMC, and was widely known around the world as "The Cigar Marine:" (Google it.). His tanks captured Firdos "Saddam" square in April 2003 and pulled down the hated statue. Nick was severely wounded one year later with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) to the head, which was captured live by a media news crew. He had to fight his way through an incredible odyssey of turmoil, heartbreak, and bureaucracy to recover everything he had lost. His website is www.onceamarine.com.

HOW TO HELP NICK: We would appreciate if you would consider embedding this on your site, linking to the video, and supporting Nick and his family in any way you are able. The success of this book will open doors for this blind warrior, and hopefully provide revenue and success to someone who has sacrificed so much for his country. Nick is a very apolitical marine. He "stays in his lane" and talks about what he knows--the USMC, leading men, training, being a drill instructor, combat, and leadership.

EMAIL US and we will send you the code to embed this video.

If you would like an excerpt of his book to post on your site, photos, or an interview with Nick himself, just contact Sarah Keeney: sarahs@savasbeatie.com / 916-941-6896.

SIGNED COPIES: Signed / inscribed first edition copies will be available, and they can be reserved at www.onceamarine.com or www.savasbeatie.com. They are going fast, and the first edition is already 50% accounted for.

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