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Author - J R Childress
John R Childress fishing in the Amazon

”I took two separate fly fishing trips to the Amazon 10 years apart and was devastated by the negative impact of deforestation. Those trips and discussions with scientists, guides and local leaders are the genesis of my newest novel, DESPERATE MEASURES.

J. R. Childress began his career as a tropical biologist and marine ecologist, with studies at Harvard University and the University of Hawaii in the early 1970s. He had the good fortune of learning with E.O. Wilson at Harvard as well as Dr Ernest Reese at UH. In 1968 John spent a year at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon where he learned to Scuba dive and developed a field guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Lebanon.


With a marine biology career on the horizon, life took a big left turn and he entered the world of management consulting. In 1978 he co-founded what became an international leadership and culture change consultancy with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. One of his early assignments was to help build a safety culture after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. He served as President and CEO for 23 years until the firm was sold and he retired.


In 2001 he moved to a 13th Century chateau in the south of France where he wrote several thriller novels and enjoyed helping raise his young daughter, who is now a professional orchestra and opera conductor in the US and Europe. After several years in France the family moved back to London and he spent his time as a senior advisor to global leadership teams. During the next 15 years he wrote five business books on culture and leadership. His recent work, Fly Fishing for Leadership, combines his two passions, leadership and fly fishing.


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