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Description of my memoir

Here is a description of my memoir, "The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man." For information about the publication date and book launch events, "Like" my page on Facebok or keep visiting my website: www.alhirshen.com


Al Hirshen has led an unusual life. He learned street smarts in the Bronx, helping out at his father’s candy store, worked as a waiter in the Catskills to pay for his schooling, and became a lawyer. He was a participant in many of the pivotal changes of our times – as a CivilRights Lawyer in the 60’s, then as a pioneering anti-poverty lawyer and creator of the first public/private partnerships in the Carter Administration. After the breakup of the former Soviet Union, he was among the first USAID consultants to work in Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Albania.


Ready for new challenges and adventure, Al travelled the world, was a successful international development consultant, and tried his luck at movie production in Hollywood. For nine years he worked as a consultant to the leadership of Indonesia during that nation’s turbulent transition to democracy.


Al has a rare sense of humor and a profound love of life, the world, and people. His writing conveys deep appreciation of the beauty around us, of friendship, and the transcendent spirit of humanity. At the same time, he does not hide his sadness for the ways we mistreat each other. As a recovering alcoholic, father, grandfather and a husband in a happy third marriage, Al sees himself as an “ordinary man,” a human being blessed to live life fully in an imperfect, yet stunning world.

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