Craig Leisy is a new author. His first book by a traditional publisher was Transportation Network Companies and Taxis: The Case of Seattle (Routledge, 2019). Previously, he self-published six fiction and non-fiction books as print-on-demand. All titles are available online. Craig is currently pursuing a writing career. He retired from two careers already: (1) U. S. Coast Guard officer specializing in commercial vessel safety regulation (23 years) which included a 3-year assignment as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Management at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT; (2) City of Seattle where he was the Manager of the Consumer Protection Unit and responsible for regulating taxicabs, flat-rate for-hire vehicles, limousines, transportation network companies (Uber, Lyft), towing, as well as weights and measures (22 years). Craig holds a Bachelor's degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1972), a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Puget Sound (1978) and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington (1988). He is married, has two adult children and resides in Fort Collins, CO.
Craig has always been interested in history and his choice of writing projects reflect that. His goal is to write books that he'd like to read and books on subjects that are rarely written about. Several of his books are a combination of history, biography, and philosophy. One of his favorite themes is the conflict between science and religion. He wrote three books in a series on that theme: science v. pagan religion (The Conflict Between Science and Religion in Ancient Greece); science v.Christian religion (The Blasphemy Trial of Charles B. Reynolds: Morristown, New Jersey, May 19-20, 1887); and science v. Islam (The Influence of Epicurean Thought on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam). He used one book as the basis for a theatrical play (On Trial for Blasphemy:The State of New Jersey v. Charles B. Reynolds). Another of Craig's books is a biography of his great, great, great uncle, a career cavalryman who fought in several engagements with the Comanche in Texas before the Civil War then saw a lot of action in Virginia during the Civil War. Following that, his ancestor fought Cheyenne, Sioux and Nez Perce on the frontier (Sergeant Phillip McHugh, U. S. Cavalry: Indian Fighter). Sgt. McHugh knew Buffalo Bill and he survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn River even though his company was massacred. Craig also published a collection of his poetry composed over a period of 50 years (rain's only wet if you're in it). The book provides commentary and background opposite each poem and three literary essays are included.
During the recent pandemic (March 2020-May 2021), Craig completed his newest book, Weights and Measures Regulation in the United States: How It Affects Consumers and Producers. He plans to submit it to a publisher for consideration in June 2021. Several other writing projects are in progress including:
(1) The Unconventional Memoir of an Ordinary Person - the first draft is completed; (2) Essays on Everything: One Page Essays to Ponder - several essays have been completed; (3) Honest Doubter: Bishop John William Colenso v. the Church of England in South Africa - the research is nearly finished; (4) Enewetak Atoll - a first novel (murder mystery/suspense), research is nearly finished; and (5) a second volume of poetry, as yet unnamed - I am compiling and editing now. If it appears that Craig's mind is all over the place, that is because it is. In the more distant future, Craig is considering books about (1) the Battle of the Little Bighorn River in 1876; (2) an annotated version of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzGerald (1859); (3) a commentary on The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (19th c.); (4) and a biography of Bishop John William Colenso's two dauthers and their writings in South Africe (19th c.).
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