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Meet our Authors: Bob East – October 2017

Dr Bob East is an independent Australian author and researcher. He gained his Doctorate of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, in 2010. He currently lives on a rural property in south-east Queensland.

Bob’s main focus of research is the Abu Sayyaf—the terrorist organisation in the southern Philippines. He travels to the Philippines every year for varying periods of time for research purposes and to catch up with colleagues. He is married to a Filipina, Maria, who speaks five of their languages, which helps with his research.

He has published three books with Cambridge Scholars, the first of which was Terror Truncated: The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002 (2013). This was followed up in 2015 by 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell, a story of modern day survival which is “a true inspiration” according to senior journalist David Richardson of Australia’s Seven News.


In 2016 he published The Neo Abu Sayyaf: Criminality in the Sulu Archipelago of the Republic of the Philippines, in which Dr Peter Sales of the University of Wollongong says Bob “manages to cast light on a truly frightening situation”.

Bob now has another book under contract with Cambridge Scholars, tentatively titled Piracy in the Philippines: The Abu Sayyaf Adds a New Dimension to Terror, and as a returning author he explains why he has chosen to publish with us on a number of occasions:

When I wrote my first book, The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002, I approached Cambridge Scholars Publishing and was pleasantly surprised to find they were interested in my topic of research. The Abu Sayyaf is not all that well known in the academic world. I was asked to submit certain data with my proposal and after a very short period of time I was offered a contract. The same happened with my two later books. I find the editing and publishing people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing to be very helpful. What did surprise me—and still does—is the quick turnaround from proposal to publishing. Inter alia, my three books are now included in the libraries of eight out of the top ten universities in the world. Of course, they are also available in other venues: a testament to the excellent marketing by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. I salute Cambridge Scholars’ professionalism.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Neo Abu Sayyaf: Criminality in the Sulu Archipelago of the Republic of the Philippines. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2017.


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