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Two New Books by W&L Alum Jim Gabler

— by on January 4th, 2012

Jim Gabler, a Washington and Lee alumnus of the Classes of 1953 and 1955L, has recently published two new e-books, and they could hardly be more different — a guidebook to wine and a novel about the first American pope.

Be Your Own Wine Expert promises readers that in less than three minutes, they will learn to enjoy “any one of more than 100 of the world’s best wine varietals.” In the introduction, Jim writes that while he discusses the great wines of the world, “the emphasis of the book is on good available and affordable wines. With more than 2000 Value for Money Wine recommendations that cost less than $10, $15, and $20 a bottle, you will discover that drinking very good wine doesn’t have to be expensive.”

This e-book is Jim’s latest work on wines. A retired attorney and a wine historian, he has published others, including , which won the 1995 “Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year” award, and . He has lectured and written extensively about Jefferson and wine. His 2006 piece, “Thomas Jefferson’s Love Affair with Wine,” appeared in Forbes.

Jim’s other new book is a novel, God’s Devil, billed as a thriller about a Catholic priest who lets nothing stand in the way of his consuming ambition to become the first American pope and change the Catholic Church. All of the reviews on Amazon give God’s Devil five stars, and one compares him to such other attorneys-turned-novelists as John Grisham and David Baldacci.