Wages of Empire


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Koehler Books
Publish Date
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.87 inches | 1.26 pounds

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About the Author

Michael J. Cooper emigrated to Israel in 1966 and lived in Jerusalem during the last year the city was divided between Israel and Jordan. He graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School, and after a forty-year career as a pediatric cardiologist in Northern California, he continues to do volunteer missions serving Palestinian children who lack access to care. His historical fiction novels include Foxes in the Vineyard, set in 1948 Jerusalem, which won the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest grand prize and The Rabbi's Knight, set in the Holy Land in 1290. Wages of Empire won the 2022 CIBA Rossetti Award for YA fiction along with first-place honors for the 2022 CIBA Hemingway award for wartime historical fiction.He lives in Northern California with his wife and a spoiled-rotten cat. Three adult children occasionally drop by.


"In Wages of Empire, Michael Cooper masterfully captures the time and geopolitical intrigue around the onset of WWI. The characters, historical and fictional, come to life on the page as the storyline drives relentlessly forward. Bravo!"-Matt Coyle, Best-Selling Author of the Rick Cahill Novels; Anthony, Lefty, and Shamus Awards Winner

"With gripping tension, Cooper keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the stakes are raised with each turn of events. Wages of Empire is a must-read blockbuster for history buffs of all ages. The novel's masterful storytelling will leave readers wanting more.-Chanticleer Book Reviews, 5 Stars, Best Book

"A beautifully written tale covering three continents during a dramatic era in world history. . . . [F]rom the plains of Utah to the battlefields of Europe to the holy places and deserts of the Levant, Cooper exhibits extensive but seamless research in illuminating unforgettable historical and fictional characters. . . [A] tour de force!" -Professor Ronit Meroz, Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, Winner of 2022 Award Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities for Outstanding Scholarship of Kabbalah, and 2020 Ben Zvi Prize for Research of Eastern Jewish Communities

"Story is gripping and the characters that he describes come alive through his skillful writing. I couldn't put it down!"-Rabbi Gordon Freeman, PhD, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek, CA

"Wages of Empire brings to light the consequences and true costs of empire building and personal self-aggrandizement by leading figures of WW1. . . . [A]n engaging history lesson as contemporaneous as the morning newspaper, but far more enlivening."-John Bennison, RelD, Executive Director and Lead Teacher: Pathways Faith Community, Walnut Creek, CA

"Cooper has made this period of history come alive. It is a treat to read. This book should be at the top of your reading list."-Rabbi David Zisenwine, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Education, Tel Aviv University, Retired Chair of the Israel Jewish Educational Research Association (Retired)