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Charles McCain

Freelance Journalist, Speaker and Novelist.

business writer specializing in working with financial services firms

World War Two Expert

Authority on the German U-Boat fleet

Because Mr. McCain is a published novelist he knows something about writing fiction.

“How do you write a novel?” readers often ask him.

“If I knew that, it wouldn’t be so difficult.”

As a freelance writer, he has written complex reports for financial firms as well as hundreds of blog posts and dozens of magazine articles. His articles have appeared on such sites as Salon.com, the BBC, the History News Network, Gay.com and countless other blogs which which re-post his material.

He has written numerous book reviews as well as reviewing more than one hundred and twenty books on his YouTube site.

Charles spent twenty-two years in the financial services industry. He had a successful career as a stock and municipal-bond broker and through years of study became an expert in wealth management. His other work in financial services includes senior client manager, trust officer, and SVP for sales and marketing of trust and investment advisory services.

McCain spent nine years as a consultant to the top banks and brokerage firms in the United States including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bessemer Trust, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity Investments and Morgan Stanley.

He has broad expertise in global financial markets, sales and sales management training, creating both blended and distance learning programs, and devising certification programs.

Mr. McCain is a gifted listener, talented writer in every media and a captivating speaker. He has worked as a broadcaster and has coached numerous sales persons and executives in the art of speaking and presenting.

Charles is a lifelong student of the maritime and military history of World War Two in the European theater. Because of his deep knowledge on the subject, he frequently speaks and writes about the Second World War, the largest event ever to occur in recorded history.

He holds a degree in European History from Tulane University. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and was President of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Tulane in 1976/77.

Mr. McCain frequently writes about his native South. He is an 8th generation South Carolinian and a storyteller in the finest tradition of Southern writers.

His first novel, An Honorable German, a World War Two naval epic told from the point of view of a German naval officer, was published in the US in hardback in 2009 by Hachette Book Group and subsequently issued in paperback.

Little Brown and Co. published his novel in Canada and the UK.  His novel was purchased by more than 500 libraries in the English speaking world and translated into Japanese, Danish, Czech & Polish with other languages pending.

In 2011, the United States Library of Congress deemed An Honorable German “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” and recorded it for preservation and for the ‘talking books’ program of the National Library Service for the Blind.

Based on the quality of his work, Mr. McCain has spoken to the South Carolina Book Festival and the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Mr. McCain is at work on several novels and other works in addition to his financial writing. He lives in Arlington, VA.

 

Recent Work


An Honorable German

An Honorable GermanAn Honorable German is a World War Two naval epic told from the point of view of a heroic yet deeply conflicted German German naval officer and later U-boat commander in the first such novel ever written by an American, English or German author. (No one else has been foolish enough to spend decades doing the necessary research).

 

 

 

“A truly epic and stirring tale of war, love, and the sea . . .  a remarkable debut novel by a writer who has done his homework so well that it seems he was an eyewitness to the history he portrays in such vivid detail. An original and surprising look at World War II from the other side.”

—Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

 

“A first-class tale . . ., crackles with authenticity. I enjoyed it immensely!”

—Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author

 

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McCain spent 22 years in financial services working as a stock and bond broker, banker, executive, and consultant. He is available for high level corporate writing, speaking, and consulting projects in financial services. Contact him via email:   charles@charlesmccain.com Learn more…

McCain’s daily blog specializes in World War Two era history as well as other topics which happen to appeal to him at the moment. Read the author’s blog.