RI Authors Showcase – Meet Paul Caranci

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Paul Caranci

Paul Caranci is a public speaker and the author of 13 books. He is a third-generation resident of North Providence, Rhode Island, and has been a student of history for many years. He served as RI Deputy Secretary of State for eight years and was elected to the town council, where he served for almost seventeen years. He has a BA in political science from Providence College and is working toward an MPA from Roger Williams University. He is an incorporating member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) and a member of the board of the RI Publication Society.

In 2015, Paul was awarded the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for Political Courage, the highest honor awarded by the National Association of Secretaries of State, for his undercover role in exposing political corruption in his hometown of North Providence. His undercover work with the FBI, in breaking up what a federal judge called a criminal empire, is the subject of Paul’s seventh book, Wired: A Shocking True Story of Political Corruption and the FBI Informant Who Risked Everything to Expose It. Paul’s latest book, scheduled for release by Stillwater River Publications in early November 2021, chronicles daily life for World War II prisoners held at the Dachau, Germany’s oldest and most brutal concentration camp. The Nazi regime programmed every activity to inflict the most physical and psychological pain possible. The sadistic nature of the camp commanders is portrayed through the eyes of Fr. Jean Bernard, a Catholic priest from Luxembourg imprisoned at Dachau for using the Catholic Film
Agency to denounce the inhumane policies of the Nazis. This remarkable true story is a must read for lovers of history and World War II enthusiasts.

Four of Paul’s books were awarded special recognition. The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution (The History Press, 2013) was voted one of the top five non-fiction books of 2013 by the Providence Journal. Scoundrels: Defining Corruption Through Tales of Political Intrigue in Rhode Island (Stillwater River Publications 2016) was the winner of the 2016 Dorry Award as the non-fiction book of the year. The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith (Stillwater River Publications, 2017), and I Am The Immaculate Conception: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes (Stillwater River Publications, 2018), were named finalists in the International Book Awards in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The movie rights to four of Paul’s books, The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution, The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith, I Am The Immaculate Conception: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes, and Terror in Wichita: A True Story of One Woman’s Courage and Her Will to Live(Stillwater River Publications, 2020) have been sold to a Hollywood production company and may one day be featured on the big screen.
Paul and his wife Margie have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Visit Paul’s website here: http://www.paulcaranci.com/

Find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulcaranci

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.caranci

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulcaranci

The impact that Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich had on European Jews, Communists, Poles, Gypsies, homosexuals, the disabled, and various others deemed by the Nazis to be “asocials” is a well-documented fact of history. Less discussed, however, is Hitler’s disdain for organized religion and his attempt to eradicate Christianity from Europe. Dachau, the first and most brutal of all the Nazi concentration camps, was the site chosen to assemble the largest gathering of Catholic and Christian clergymen in history. Their inhumane treatment at the hands of the most ruthless collection of behemoths known to humanity is now brought to graphic life through the eyes of a Catholic priest imprisoned in Dachau in the early 1940s.

Darkness at Dachau is the remarkable true story of Father Jean Bernard’s stay at Germany’s most brutal prison camp. The Luxembourg priest had been a vocal critic of the Nazi regime and used the Catholic film office to advocate his anti-fascist views. Following a year-long incarceration, Fr. Bernard was given an unprecedented ten-day furlough, during which time he was presented with an opportunity that would result in his permanent release and the release of hundreds of other clergymen housed at the Nazi camp. All he had to do was admit that he had been wrong in his opposition to the Third Reich and endorse its policies. Would he comply with their wishes to free himself and his fellow priests or would he return to the daily torture, starvation, and inhumanity that was life at Dachau?

Darkness at Dachau: The True Story of Father Jean Bernard is destined to become a tour-de-force in the study of the impacts of Nazi Germany on religious freedom. It also exposes a dark and critical history that receives far too little attention.

Paul is giving away a print copy of Darkness at Dachau to one winner. Just leave a comment below to be eligible.

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

25 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Paul Caranci

  1. I had an opportunity to visit Dachau many many years ago. You get chills up and down your spine just being there. Sounds like a fantastic story to get out there. Thanks

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  2. Thank you Paul for your numerous interesting books. Your book “Darkness at Dachau” really caught my attention. I have read many books written by survivors of these terrible places, but never one about a priest. This is going on my reading list. Much success!

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  3. WWII stories need to be told all the time. We can’t forget it. I’m amazed by courage of the survivors. I continue to be shocked but will still read their stories.

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  4. Your books, Paul, are doing a great service by recalling the extreme sacrifices made by men of faith and honest, good, people who would not cross over to the dark side no matter what the consequences. It is near impossible to imagine how any human being could do such horrendous acts against another human and continue this kind of torture for years. Such a sad commentary on the human race.

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  5. I am very interested in reading your books, especially the two about the Marian Apparitions at Fatima and Lourdes, and Darkness at Dachau. I hope I win, but either way, I will start reading them soon. It’s amazing that there are so many GOOD books out their that I never would have heard of were it not for Martha’s Blog, and I’m thankful that my sister, Debra Zannelli (also an author) invited me to subscribe. I have really enjoyed reading these posts! I only wish it were possible for me to visit RI this December and attend the event at the Crowne Plaza, but (sigh) not this year. I would truly love to meet you Mr. Caranci, and talk about your books! May your writing career be further blessed!

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  6. Wow, your books all sound like Must read books! I have not yet read any of your books, but they sound like Must reads for me. Thank you so much for sharing about these great sounding books. Have a Great weekend and stay safe.

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  7. What an incredible and diverse repertoire of books you have written. I visited Dachau in 1971 while hitch-hiking in Europe (not something to do in today’s world). I still remember the photos of the shocking experimentation on prisoners. The global war finally came to an end with more heinous crimes against humanity.

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  8. So many interesting books! “Wried” was phenomenal, especially to fellow North Providence folks who remember the story.
    Your books are still on my TBR list! Looking forward to see you December 11, Paul.

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  9. My husband is the biggest Paul Caranci fan. When he reads the books, he loves talking them. I have read some of them and I loved them also. (Audrey Stewart)

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  10. I heard Paul speak last spring at the Providence Library’s local author’s lunch. I was intrigued by the story of the last execution in RI. As a newcomer to this area, I’m eager to know the local history.

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  11. Paul’s recent book on Dachau is sure to be a success because WWII stories are becoming rarer by the day. The people recounting these stories are no longer with us, and it is imperative for us to capture their stories before they take them to their graves. Paul has done that with this amazing story of courage in the face of horrible surroundings. I will buy this book. I don’t need to win it to read it.

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