Ralph Pezzullo

Author Ralph Pezzullo at the Calabasas Library with host Karyn Foley, discussing his latest novel, "Left of Boom".

LeftofBoomRalph Pezzullo is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, novelist, poet, and journalist. He is the author of several books including "Left of Boom", "Jawbreaker" and "At the Fall of Somoza".  He has written articles for the "Wall Street Journal", "Newsweek", the "Washington Post", "Sports Illustrated", "Connoisseur", "GQ", "USA Weekend", the "Miami Herald", and other publications.

When Ralph Pezzullo was five his father joined the Foreign Service of the State Department. His job took the family to Washington, DC, Mexico, South Vietnam, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay and Nicaragua. Ralph lived in Saigon during the Tonkin Gulf Incident, the overthrow of Diem, a number of other coup d'etats and almost daily Vietcong terrorist attacks against Americans. They survived three years in La Paz, Bolivia during the time that Che Guevarra was trying to build a guerrilla base in that country. In 1980 he lived in Nicaragua debating politics with guys like Tomas Borge and the Ortega brothers and witnessing the first days of the Sandinista Revolution.

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