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From Musical Dreams to Medical Acclaim: One Author's Journey to Success


David Tucker and Burton Spivak talk dreams, life purpose and careers in "The Hard Bargain"

NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 24, 2018

Author David Tucker has experienced what it was like to have one dream and end up following a dream he never knew he had. He details his and his father's clash of wills in his new memoir, "The Hard Bargain: Music, Medicine and My Father (Richard Tucker, Opera Legend)."

"The Hard Bargain" is a compelling memoir based on Tucker's own life with his father, celebrated tenor Richard Tucker. As a young man, Tucker dreamt of enjoying an opera career like his dad, but Richard's vision for his son's future as a doctor brought their relationship into significant conflict.

The memoir also provides readers a glimpse into the world of opera, the long path to a medical career and the importance of hard work and interweaves it into a narrative of the Jewish American life.

"I wrote this book as a testament to the great life my father lived and the awesome career he helped me pursue," Tucker said. "I thank him every day for helping me see my true calling."

The US Review of Books describes "The Hard Bargain" as "an inspiring story of ambition and compromise…the memoir examines the process of evaluating our talents and accepting when our gifts are best served on a different stage."

A father-son struggle, both hilarious and humiliating, this memoir is an honest depiction of the occasional turmoil and relentless love in relationships between parents and children.

"The Hard Bargain: Music, Medicine and My Father (Richard Tucker, Opera Legend)"
By David Tucker and Burton Spivak
ISBN: 978-1543445572 (softcover); 978-1543445589 (hardcover)
Available at the Xlibris Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble; Spanish version coming soon

About the authors
Dr. David N. Tucker is a retired ophthalmologist with degrees from Tufts University and the Cornell University Medical College. For over thirty years, Tucker was in private practice in Cincinnati and was the director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Cincinnati Jewish Hospital for twenty-seven years. After retiring in 2004, he taught part time as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the NYU School of Medicine. He and his wife Lynda celebrated their golden anniversary in 2013 and have four children and nine grandchildren. To learn more about Tucker and his book, please visit

Burton Spivak, Ph.D is a lauded writer and former recipient of the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize for outstanding achievement in teaching and scholarship. His book "Jefferson's English Crisis: Commerce, Embargo, and the Republican Revolution" has been featured by C-SPAN as an honest look at Thomas Jefferson's life. He currently is an Adjunct Professor of History at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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