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I write books to help you navigate the times we live in. Most would agree they are challenging from a lot of points of view. We certainly understand some of the dilemmas you face, we've faced them ourselves...The United States is a rich country, but its middle class is shrinking, and younger people are finding things tough indeed. My ancestors came to North America in the early 1600's (no typo!) and I feel a strong compulsion to make a difference through my books.

Most of my books focus on people's basic needs/wants: low cost (even free!) housing, cheaper and greener energy, how to deal with climate change, investing during a downturn or recession, starting a business on a shoestring (the author has started many) and other themes. The "president" book covers family relations, neighbors, cheap travel, green transportation etc.--but it's not strictly "how-to"*

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I Could Have Been President | Home Dreams for Hard Times
The People's Guide to Basic Solar Power | Crisis Investing & Entrepreneuring
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My books are QUICK reads for the most part, and will be rushed to you by first class mail. Soon, some will be e-books (we know that's needed now that everyone's wired!). So stay tuned. In the meantime, if you purchase two books, take 15% off, if three, take 25% off. They will arrive together...FAST!! One astute reader bought three (see his fantastic testimonial on this page).

The updated DIY emergency/solar basics book/tech manual (see at powerfromsun.com) is available now for only $19, sorry for any confusion. We will soon be offering a "package deal" of solar-related peripherals but for now the manual will get you started with a small back-up solar electric system putting out 2000 continuous watts for an unbelievable price--only around $750!!! (It definitely will protect you in an outage). This idea received attention from a high tech incubator in California a couple years ago and the predecessor manual sold over 7000 copies with virtaully no returns. If you build the system It ought to pay for itself within a year or two, not 10-20 years or more..

Moving to Small Town America is available in only very limited quantities, we suggest you go to amazon.com for that one (key in books)..It sold out! Same for Eden Seeker's Guide, which is still a classic, with ten authors writing about different locations and strategies for relocation around the world. Confessions from Generation Woodstock (a memoir) is $25 but it comes with 3 11x17 removable full color posters of the famous festival artists as well as Woodstock scenes taken by yours truly working for Newsweek Magazine the summer of 1969. (It is a "handmade" book and autographed/personalized).

The climate change how-to-help booklet will have a separate page soon. For now it is only $2 postage and handling, we want to do our part.

Our very latest work, Americanada? Cross Border Relations is about improving relations betwen Americans and Canadians. It is turning into a monumental work. The website is at americanada.us. Book out in mid-summer, 2015. Nothing like it has ever been done before.

The rainwater harvesting manual (see testimonial) is new, sorry we don't have anything up on it yet. $6.95. Our work in this area was recently featured in the February issue of Countryside Magazine.

Feel free to email if you have any questions whatever: billseavey@gmail.com or call (805) 924-1719 9-5 PST. Follow us on Facebook soon.

HOW TO ORDER: Click on individual websites (if available) to get more info and pay with Paypal (except as mentioned above). Or send payment to Crisis Response Publishing, P.O. Box 1681, Cambria, CA 93428. List books on individual sheet of paper and take discount at the end. Personal checks, money orders or cash (in amounts below $10) accepted. Most small books are sent out first class, others via media mail (add $5 for 2 day mail). Don't forget to take the discounts above. We will inform you when Americanada? is published.


William L. Seavey

B.A., Journalism, University of Iowa

M.A. Candidate, University of Oregon (Urban Planning/Community Service and Public Affairs)

*FYI, I don't REALLY think I could have been president--the title is based on an essay by someone who said "anyone" would be president today (tongue in cheek). See reviews below.


Review by Jay Skiles, JD, MPA, Davenport, Iowa
(bought books in 2015)

Crisis Investing and Entreprenuering

"In a world filed with books that purport to tell you how to start and run your own business, protect yourself from economic trouble or get rich quick - most of which end up sounding like a personal ad on an Internet dating site for the author - here is one that is to the point and simply: useful. Bill Seavey has boiled down his many decades of experience operating a variety of small businesses and developing revenue streams that will show you the ropes with an absence of fluff--and motivate you to start building your own business. Trust me, if you ever dreamed of being your own boss it will be the best $12 you ever spent.

Harvesting Rainwater

You could spend hundred of dollars on books teaching you how to turn your yard into a veritable Garden of Eden - but why read all those books when Bill Seavey has done it for you and can tell you what actually works - both efficiently and economically. As a student of off-grid technology and solutions I wish I had found this material years ago - I'd have saved a lot of money and reading time!
(reader's note: on this site soon, $7.95 to Crisis Response Publishing, POB 1681, Cambria, CA 93428)

Solar Back-Up System

You could spend thousands of dollars designing the ultimate off-grid solar power system - and thousands buying all the books on the topic before you even begin to design your system. Bill Seavey has done the heavy lifting for you and presents here an incredibly efficient and economical solar back-up power system. I promise if you read this and then plan accordingly you will never suffer a power outage of any note, AND you will be much better equipped to build that ultimate off-grid system you always dreamed of.

If you are smart you will buy the Solar Power and Harvesting Rainwater packages together along with the DVD of the Solar/Water Demo. Depending on your learning style actually hearing and seeing Bill describe the system SHOWING how it is done will improve on the great materials in the packages.

I truly wish I had discovered them sooner - I could have saved the cost of multiple systems by skipping the dozens of books I have on the topics over the years. At these prices they are TRULY a steal!"

Book Review
By Tom Cochrun
Inductee Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame (2010). radio/tv broadcaster and producer (Emmy winner), and mystery writer and documentarian

I Could Have Been President by William L. Seavey

As the book title suggests, Bill Seavey has a unique view of things. He is a thinker and provocateur. He's got a straight on, stripped down writing style that is honest and easy to read. He applies his no nonsense approach to a wide range of topics and interests--and may indeed prove he deserves his self pronounced moniker as a Renaissance Man.

Seavey is the kind of writer who engages you immediately whether it is with a lament on the world of print and publishing in an age of new information technology--or his personal exploration of being a stepparent.
His collection of essays move with agility over a wide range of topics to which he has devoted considerable thought. He offers admonitions, advice and expansive expression. He brings an analyst's view to contemporary issues and he may prompt your own thoughtful deliberations.

One of my favorite pieces is his tribute to Tennis Warriors. He writes of men whom I know, and an attitude and sweaty chase that is common to those of us who still lace up beyond our prime. The piece brims with a spirit and love of the game. Those of us who have played with Bill know that he demonstrates tenacity. (There are some who have trepidation in sharing a court with this warrior). Still, no one should shrink from reading this collection of essays.

Bill is a bit of a worrier too. By that I mean he has a concern for the commonweal. In this context, when probing and thinking deeply on topics that undergird well being (such as the progression of life and the legacy of our behavior) I think of Bill as a professor, causing us to consider a bit more deeply the fabric of life and our contribution to its tapestry.

Bill Seavey cares. He cares enough to be honest, candid, analytical, concerned and affirmative about a higher chord of thought and behavior. Maybe he could have been President--but what a different world it would have to be to make that toppossible. (Maybe a more honest and better world.)

Review by Terence P. Ward. Allbooksreview.com

Title: I Could Have Been President
Author: William L. Seavey

William Seavey is correct when he muses, "Essays are becoming a lost art in our speeded up age," as he does in the introduction to his collection of essays, I Could Have Been President. Outside of school assignments, the closest approximation to essay writing most of us ever see is what the bloggers have to say, and well-crafted blog posts are usually some 600-800 words, which makes for an anemic essay. Seavey uses the format to articulate his views on the world in more depth than today's reader generally encounters. A thoughtful observer of the world around him, this collection offers his thoughts on a wide range of topics, compiled over decades of time. As the provocative title suggests, some of them are political in nature, but he also touches upon aging, disparity with developing nations, oil consumption, religion, futorology, death, sports, homelessness, and parenting. In amongst those are a tribute to a favorite celebrity of his, some
discussion of his own genealogy, a brief memoir about his brush with celebrities, and even a little bit of poetry.

My personal favorite of these two-dozen pieces is "The Misconceptions about Yellowstone Park", as Yellowstone is one of my favorite places on the planet. On the one hand, I saw the depth of his expertise on the subject in this essay, which Seavey wrote when he was an employee of the park. On the other, because it was written in 1967, some of the problems he describes, such as "bear jams" caused when families of the large animals would gather by the road to beg for food of passing drivers, are fascinating glimpses into history. When I visited this grand park some 35 years later, only the bison jammed the roads, and they had no interest in food. One ranger actually quipped that road shoulders were their natural habitat! Perhaps that explains the dearth of hitchhikers, which wereapparently abundant in Seavey's day.

The Yellowstone essay does include a brief introduction which gives the year of its writing, but that's a concept which does not carry through this work. Ofttimes the reader has to piece together clues about when the individual essays were penned, which is frustrating given the very topical and immediate style the author prefers. Without the date, it's difficult to grasp the historical context. Simple placing the written or publication date at the top of each essay would instantly increase its value to the reader.

Although the author eschews more modern media and writing styles, technological advances could also enhance this book. I personally find e-books a bit of a chore to read, much like the author, but nevertheless this book would be well-suited to the format. Seavey frequently references his other works in his essays, many of which have not been published, and invariably without the publication history of those which had seen print. An e-book could include embedded links to those other columns and works, or at the very least to the Amazon page where they might be purchased. Again, instant value enhancement.

I fear that the shortcomings I have noted would deter more than a few readers, and that would be a shame. The content is far better than the problems would suggest, and I expect that a re-edited version, in electronic format, would easily set the blogosphere afire.

Review of William Seavey, I Could Have Been Presidenttop
by Fritz Ward, Amazon Books Top 500 Reviewer

The short essay has become something of a lost art. Beginning with Montaigne, writers have attempted to "assay" or weigh the merits of an idea, observation, or argument in a tight format. This approach to writing has a number of advantages, not least of which is that the economy of space forces authors to focus in on a topic and consider it without rambling off on tangential thoughts only vaguely related to the issue at hand. Indeed, school age students, who are wont to ramble at length, are taught essay format for precisely this reason. But the same strength of form the short essay offers is also a weakness in the modern world. Too many authors, and far too many readers, mistake quantity for quality of argument, and more than a few books currently on the market could and should be reduced to a couple of pages. William (Bill) Seavey's collection, "I Could Have Been President" is a refreshing change from recent literary trends. A collection of 24 carefully written essays, none of which exceed a few pages, this book offers readers some thoughtful observations on everything from fame to growing older, with reflections on science and religion thrown in as well.

Some of these essays are wholly practical. Do you want an inexpensive vacation? Consider a home exchange. Having problems with adopted children? (Or perhaps children that you wish you could say were adopted?) Seavey shares his survival story of being a step parent. Will it help? Maybe. Will it give you the sense you are not alone in your feelings? Absolutely. And who hasn't heard of the neighbor from hell? How do we deal with such people in a civilized manner? These and many
other essays can be found in this book.

But amidst the practical, there are also some serious reflections on greater issues that face humanity. Indeed, far from being a disparate collection of thoughts, this book is united by two broad themes. The first, and by far the most prominent of these is the apparent disconnect between broad political issues and our everyday lives. We are all aware of national calamities, but even in an age of mass media, these events do not have the immediate impact on our lives that unpublicized everyday occurrences do. Seavey is remarkably candid in his exploration of this topic. The suicide of his (ex) wife impacted his life far more than many national events ever would. Most of us can point to similar events in our own lives. (Indeed, Seavey and I share a similar such experience: we were both attacked by a bear in Yellowstone.) This theme appears in many of the essays. Seavey approaches the topic of homelessness, for example, from the micro perspective of one who directly worked with these people to try and help them find jobs and stability in life. Yellowstone Park is discussed, not in terms of the larger environmental movement, but as a place someone would actually want to visit. Not exactly travel literature, the "Misconceptions about Yellowstone Park" is still excellent reading. The essay compares reality and expectations among tourists, workers (and by extension, park rangers as well).

The other major theme in this book is what I might describe as a pleasant agnosticism. Unlike many authors, Seavey is not pretentious, which might come as something of a surprise to people who read the subtitle of this book "Contemporary Essays … by a true Renaissance Man." But Seavey is referring here to the range of his interests, not the degree of his certainty. Instead, readers are treated to thoughtful reflections on a variety of topics, but they will not find "the truth." Seavey for example, is at once skeptical of and respectful towards religious thought and traditions in his essay, "Until the Good Lord Takes You Home." He does not discount religious ideas, but ultimately admits that they simply do not speak to him. He, like many of his generation, finds more meaning in science. But unlike a fair amount of today's left, which worships science as a new (and rather jealous) God, Seavey is also skeptical of the fruits of science. In a considered poem (the only one in this book) he notes that technology has done the earth more harm than good. Nonetheless, he remains optimistic that science can provide insights, if not ultimate answers, to the problems we face. The essays "Taming Growth" and "Putting Americans on a Low (or No) Carb-uretor Diet" illustrate this optimism.

On the whole I was impressed with this collection. That is not because I am in full agreement with it. Seavey was raised in a different generation than I was and his politics reflect a "whole earth catalog" type of new left thought. While I often share some sympathy with this variety of left wing politics, I was raised in a generation that saw the effects of extensive government involvement in the economy and have, as a result, adopted a more libertarian perspective. But agreement is not required. These essays are the thoughtful reflections of a person who is fully engaged with life and all lovers of ideas will appreciate them.top

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