Book Projects

The “Surmountable” Book on the Art and Alchemy of Effective Political Protest

After two months of visits to scenes of historic protests, and interviews with legendary activists and thought leaders, the “Surmountable” book is being written. Scenes and stories from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Maidan independence square in Kiev, Zuccotti Park, Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square, and interviews with Occupy/ Adbuster’s Kalle Lasn, Columbia University scholar Todd Gitlin, AEI’s Norm Ornstein, CATO’s Paul Matzko, C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb, the War Resisters League, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Rainey Reitman, historian Stephen Schlesinger, and many more. How do we engage effectively in the modern world and what stories might be gathered to inspire new generations of citizens to manifest the vision of the United States Constitution and its democratic ideals? Thanks to our 90 Kickstarter supporters who funded the worldwide travel across four continents to make the project happen. Adam Edwards and I will keep you and our project supporters abreast of our progress as we move to publication of the book, and of our plans for publicity and distribution.

“Full Moon over Koh Phangan” Interviews in Progress

Koh Phangan is Thailand’s magic island, with a rich history and a host of odd, extraordinary characters. “Full Moon over Koh Phanganwill be the first-ever full-length nonfiction work documenting the early days of westerner migration to the island, and the people and events which make it a unique spot on the purpose-driven traveler circuit. Interviews are in progress with resort and healing centre proprietors, restaurant owners, Thai monks and community leaders, real estate and business entrepreneurs, and those present from the early days pre-dating the legendary Full Moon Party. What to do, what to see, who to meet, why to visit will be explored in unique form, collecting oral histories from those with intimate perspectives on the one-of-a-kind experience that is life on the island. Publication due in early 2020.

Six Days at Ronnie Scott’s: Billy Cobham on Jazz Fusion and the Act of Creation

WAR: The Afterparty is a round-the-world tour through countries that have received American military forces in the pursuit of freedom, democracy, justice, and the free flow of commerce. In Southeast Asia, the Greater Middle East, the Balkans and Central America, author Brian Gruber records oral histories from political and religious leaders, writers, teachers, mothers and combatants who witnessed history from the other end of the gun barrel.

WAR: The Afterparty: A Global Walkabout Through a Half Century of U.S. Military Interventions

WAR: The Afterparty is a round-the-world tour through countries that have received American military forces in the pursuit of freedom, democracy, justice, and the free flow of commerce. In Southeast Asia, the Greater Middle East, the Balkans and Central America, author Brian Gruber records oral histories from political and religious leaders, writers, teachers, mothers and combatants who witnessed history from the other end of the gun barrel.

Dauphin, Dorian and Dead: The Year Without a Net

Dauphin, Dorian and Dead is a tragicomic romp through four continents that answers the question: can two twice- divorced baby boomers find love in the modern world? Peter meets Monica through an elite dating agency, opening a whole new world of romance. The book tracks the ascent and descent of midlife romance, and documents the rela- tionship in a year-long blog. What do we expect of love at midlife, when it’s not about procreation, and how do we sustain it?

Reviews and Testimonials

Six Days at Ronnie Scott's:  "The mark of a good read is something that conjures up pictures and just in that description, you're already putting yourself backstage and seeing these conversations happen... an absolutely fascinating read. Any fan is obviously going to enjoy this." - Nigel Williams, Jazz FM, the UK's "home of jazz, soul, and blues."
Six Days at Ronnie Scott's: "An interesting concept... his questions are knowledgeable and penetrating... rather than dallying in the kind of film-flam that obfuscates the detail, memories and opinions that make a biography breathe... Fast paced with anecdotes pouring from every page, it wraps with Cobham describing his dream line-up to play with. Want to know who? Then go grab a copy." - Jon Newey, editor-in-chief of Jazzwise ( The UK's biggest selling monthly jazz magazine and the leading English language jazz magazine in Europe) 
Six Days at Ronnie Scott's: “I invented a single new word in honor of your book: ‘Unputdownable.’” - Bill Bruford, legendary Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks drummer
Six Days at Ronnie Scott's: "The book is a massive undertaking... Gruber manages to pull off a remarkable feat of music journalism... The interviews with Cobham cover a galaxy of subjects... There is so much information in this book that any serious student of Jazz, Fusion or music history will reap a bountiful harvest... A nice touch is the Spotify Soundtrack for each chapter of the book... Hats off to Brian Gruber who accomplished what few could have written with such elaborate authority." - Tee Watts, Cadence Jazz Magazine
Six Days at Ronnie Scott's: “… an unusual and welcome addition to the jazz bibliography… Gruber paints a fascinating sonic and emotional picture… Gruber is a strong interviewer, and his affection for Cobham’s music seems to have given him exceptional and unusually fruitful access to players in Cobham’s world… packed with illuminating anecdotes and commentary… Six Days is also more broadly engaging… this vibrant and organic project… The book affirms Cobham’s status in modern jazz history, as well as making you wish you’d caught at least one of those gigs at Ronnie Scott’s. - Downbeat, Carlo Wolff
WAR: The Afterparty: “This is unlike any geopolitical tome you’ll ever read. Instead of a dry, scholarly recounting of history, Brian Gruber takes us along on a movable feast across continents . . . equipped with little more than curiosity and frequently dependent on the kindness of strangers, he nonetheless manages to yield remarkable insight from his hosts and new acquaintances — a mark of a skilled inquisitor. What results is a casual, non-linear tour de force.” - Steven L. Herman, chief diplomatic correspondent, Voice of America
WAR: The Afterparty: “Joining the army, according to an old proverb, gives you the chance to ‘travel the world, meet interesting people and kill them.’ In this book, Brian Gruber travels the world, meets extremely interesting people, and instead of killing them, tries to understand them. His book cuts through layers of propaganda and helps us see the world’s problems–and ourselves–through the eyes of others.” - Stephen Kinzer, former New York Times bureau chief
WAR: The Afterparty: “So, I must say, Gruber did a great job. In his book, he gives voice to people worldwide one never would imagine ever talking to. In this way, the insight is genuine and fresh, even if you’re talking of events decades past . . . Gruber had a great idea and carried it amazingly well to the end” - Paolo Salom, Corriere della Sera
WAR: The Afterparty: “Brian Gruber has gone against the group think . . . a worthy look at these countries and the American interventions, long after the passions of the day have faded.” - James Brooke, editor in chief of the Ukraine Business Journal