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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gary W. Moore  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1954 in Kankakee, IL


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Lives in Bourbonnais, Illinois with his family.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gary W. Moore is a successful entrepreneur and business executive, exciting speaker and sales trainer, musician and author. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, ''Playing with the Enemy'', which is a book about Gene Moore, Gary's father. Gene was a baseball prodigy who lost his dream of becoming a national league ballplayer to war and injury, but overcame heartbreak and adversity to become a successful business man and father. ''Playing with the Enemy'' was the winner of the 2006 Military Writers Society of America Book of the Year and is currently being made into a major motion picture by the Academy Award winning producer, Gerald Molen. The book has been chosen to receive the Jerome Holtzman Award from the Chicago Baseball Museum. ''Playing with the Enemy'' has been a community-wide reading selection of the year (One Book, One Community) in the many communities including but not limited to:*Kankakee County, IL*Batavia, IL*Naperville, IL*Plainfield, IL*Bolingbrook, IL*Joliet, IL*Freeport, IL*El Dorado Hills, CA*Seward, NE*Atmore, ALLincoln-Way Schools (IL), Lemont High School (IL) and Pace High School (FL) chose ''Playing with the Enemy''as their all-school read.Moore has been featured in publications such as ''Entrepreneur'' Magazine, ''Selling Power'' Magazine, ''Sales and Marketing Management'' Magazine, and was named the 1995 Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year. In 1996, he was awarded the prestigious Sam Wlton Leadership Award. He has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.Moore is also a contributing author for ''Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul''. His newest book, ''Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddly Holly, My New Buddy John and My Lost Decade of Music'' was released nationally on January 20, 2011.

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-- '''''Playing with the Enemy''''' *2006 Military Writers Society of America Book of the Year *2011 Jerome Holtzman Award for Excellence in Baseball Writing *2013 ILLINOIS READS Book '''''Hey Buddy''''' *Finalist for the Indie Next Generation National Book Award for Non Fiction *Finalist for the Indie Next Generation National Book Award for Memoir