Books

In addition to The Final Leap, I have written three other books. All are nonfiction.

Building Hope

PRAEGER PRESS, 2008

This book tells from the trenches what it's like to lead and manage a nonprofit agency today. Each chapter focuses on a different facet of nonprofit leadership: how to build a strong and effective governing board, manage and inspire staff, develop efficient and effective programs, raise money, recruit and retain talented volunteers, market the agency, keep up to date on nonprofit law, and plan for the future. In addition, there are chapters on financial management, advocacy, and cultural competency. The workload is often crushing and the stress level can be high in the nonprofit world, yet being able to look around a community and see tangible evidence of success makes it all worthwhile.

The Education of a Coroner

SCRIBNER, 2017

Famous for its natural beauty, celebrity residents, and iconoclastic lifestyles, Marin is one of the most affluent counties in the United States. Yet is also includes San Quentin Prison, where all of California's male death row inmates are locked up, has an epidemic of drug overdoses, and connects to the city of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, the world's top suicide site. Ken Holmes, the longtime coroner of Marin County, has seen it all. His training, experiences, and lessons learned are different from those depicted on TV shows, and few people know anything about it until the day comes when a coroner knocks on their door and delivers news that will change their life forever.

The Last and Greatest Battle

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2015

Since 2003, more active-duty troops have killed themselves than died in battle—nearly one every day. In addition, a U.S. veteran dies by suicide every hour now. This book examines the problem currently and throughout history. Dozens of stories are told of lives cut short, families torn apart, and dreams destroyed. Even if service members enlist with patriotic ferver, after they train for battle, and especaially if they engage in combat, many can't resume a normal life afterward. They have a new enemy to content with—thoughts and visions of what they have seen and done. The casualties don't end when the fighting stops. This book tells how, why, and most importantly, what can be done about it.

​ © 2020 John Bateson