In his terse, quick-moving autobiography, former Marine Nick Quintanilla tells of his colorful childhood in the racial hotbed of South Texas, his hilarious introduction to the Marine Corps at boot camp, his progression through the ranks as he travelled the world, and his often newsworthy post-military career in construction project management.
West Hills, CA, May 16, 2013 — In his terse, quick-moving autobiography, former Marine Nick Quintanilla tells of his colorful childhood in the racial hotbed of South Texas, his hilarious introduction to the Marine Corps at boot camp, his progression through the ranks as he travelled the world, and his often newsworthy post-military career in construction project management.
From a hardscrabble beginning in a small rural West Texas town in the Rio Grande Valley, Nick learned first-hand about racial divides and the grinding hardship of systemic poverty. As he grew under his father’s strict discipline, it seemed to him that, “It was like we were too poor to treat each other with compassion.”
Nick took his first opportunity to leave after finishing school, enrolling in the Marines and spending time in Southern California before serving in Okinawa and the Philippines. Nick remembers it as a time as hard work and bar brawls, which he usually participated in. “I had joined the Marine Corps to fight, after all,” Nick says.
It wasn’t until he left the Marine Corps, though, that Nick found his way into the construction industry, worked his way through several companies into management, and, then, into the news. As project manager for the Los Angeles Mission College Project, Nick found himself facing charges of improper management of the multimillion-dollar construction site, charges he adamantly denies.
In spare, compelling language, Nick takes his readers through the process of how major government projects are funded and run, including waste and mismanagement by appointed officials whose incompetence drains budgets and delays construction. After leaving the project, Nick started a series of new firms that faltered as he became increasingly ill.
Though now stricken with a debilitating case of Parkinson’s Disease, Nick remains calm, hoping that the illness will remain manageable and, eventually, be cured. Nick remains hopeful, because, he says, “I’m still a relatively young man, and I want to do a lot more things in life.”
Nick adds, “The Story of a Texas Marine is intended to give all Americans a sense of belonging and a prideful emotion of being a part of the human race. In addition, this is a family book that embraces the highs and lows of the American family through the journey of Life.” The Forward to Nick’s book is a series of essays by his children about their family experiences growing up.
About Nick Quintanilla:
Nick Quintanilla, now afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, offers no excuses for the way he has lived his life. He did what he did to provide a better life for his family. Nick is also the author of two short stories and a children’s book. Go to www.amzn.to/176qO6Q to purchase his autobiography on Amazon.com, either in print or on Kindle. The book is also available from other ebook providers.
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