Nazis & Nudists

Is history repeating itself? Like many baby boomers, David Haldane got swept into the turbulence of the late 1960s and early ’70s, first as a radical activist and then a writer for an underground newspaper. Eventually, after self-imposed exiles in Europe and Mexico, he married, started a family and graduated to a significant position in mainstream journalism from which he chronicled many of the events that shaped an era. But Haldane always longed for something more, a “green leafy space” where he could feel at peace. Finally, after a painful divorce, he found it in an unconventional way; with a dark-haired woman met on the Internet and wooed on the exotic islands of the Philippines. Haldane’s award-winning memoir is a series of poignant — and sometimes humorous — essays recounting that long journey. It is a story of love lost and love found. More importantly, it is about the lifelong spiritual quest for a place to call home.

David Haldane’s career in journalism has spanned more than four decades, beginning as an underground reporter for the Berkeley BARB and culminating in twenty-three years as a Los Angeles Times staff writer. Currently he lives in Joshua Tree, California, where he writes magazine articles, books, and stories for the local radio station. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orange Coast, Islands, Penthouse and Salon. It has been anthologized in two previous books.

Nazis & Nudists was a runner-up in the 2016 Maxy Awards and a finalist in two categories of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.