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Charles McCain has a successful and varied background in numerous areas.

As a freelance writer, he has written complex reports for corporations and consulting firms along with writing hundreds of blog posts and dozens of magazine articles. His blog posts have appeared on such sites as the BBC and the History News Network. 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, bank executive and 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 excels in helping companies large and small grow their net revenue.

He has broad expertise in global financial markets, sales and sales management training, creating both blended and distance learning programs, and devising certification programs. Over the years he has consulting with numerous senior executives, always making suggestions on what he thinks they should do rather than “what I would do if I were you.”

He spent several years advising the Commercial Real Estate Division of Energy Star on how to create links between Energy Star officials and Wall Street wealth managers, foundations, and charitable institutions. During that time out of both a professional and deep personal interest he became an expert in energy efficiency and green business.

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, he frequently speaks and writes about that traumatic era. Charles holds a degree in European History from Tulane University.

He has written multiple works including a memoir of his unusual youth and subsequent college years– The Frat House Fire Escape Plan: Sigma Nu, Tulane, and the 1970s. He is an eighth 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 was invited as a guest speaker to the South Carolina Book Festival and the Virginia Festival of the Book.

After surviving a bout with cancer 6 years ago, Mr. McCain is working as a consultant and writing a novel featuring a Royal Navy officer in World War Two. He lives in Washington, DC.

Recent Work

The Frat House Fire Escape Plan: Sigma Nu, Tulane, and the 1970s

The Frat House Fire Escape Plan: Sigma Nu, Tulane, and the 1970sThe Frat House Fire Escape Plan: Sigma Nu, Tulane, and the 1970s is a memoir of McCain’s unusual youth in the South and subsequent college life at Tulane University in New Orleans during the 1970’s. Learn more…

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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 U-Boat commander in the first such novel ever written by an American or German author. Learn more…

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Charles McCain is an experienced consultant in financial services, writer, speaker, and broadcaster.

 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.

  McCain is available to speak on a wide range of topics related to the U-Bootwaffe, the Kriegsmarine, the Royal Navy, the German Home Front, and the British Home Front during the Second World War. Learn more…

  McCain has a background in radio and is available for narration, voice-overs, and interviews. Learn more…

  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. Learn more…