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Harry L Nolan jr's reply

Author Harry L Nolan jr comments on the review


Read the emails the author insists I make available as his response to my review..



In a departure from the normal standard of author response, Harry Nolan chooses to attack my review but - exactly the same as his attacks on Delta's former CEOs - declines to give specifics.

For reasons best known to himself, he feels the following email chain represents his best form of response to my review.


From: Harry Nolan [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 5:13 PM
To: 'David M Rowell'
Subject: RE: Draft review
Importance: High



If you persist in publishing your ‘review’, then I insist you publish the email below in its entirety as my rebuttal.



From: David M Rowell
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 3:41 PM
To: 'Harry Nolan'
Subject: RE: Draft review


Hi, Harry

I'm dismayed by your comments, but I will publish the review, updated to reflect your vaguely worded comments about 'turned this matter over to my attorney' below.

If your attorney has substantive matters of concern, I urge him to contact me soonest.



From: Harry Nolan [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:22 PM
To: 'David M Rowell'
Subject: RE: Draft review
Importance: High


Mark Twain is supposed to have said, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” The modern equivalent would be, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys website space by the MB.”

It appears to me that my straightforward style of responding to your questions about my book has been misperceived as trying to pick a fight.

That is the only logical explanation I can find for what seems to be – to me as well as others to whom I have shown your draft – an attack in the name of a review.

The “review” has many flaws – factually and professionally. However, I have learned my lesson that any response from me would invite an even more intense attack. Therefore, I do not intend to write a rebuttal.

My professional and ethical values would not permit me to run a review of anyone’s book like that in the draft. However, you need to make your own decision whether you can look in the mirror or sleep soundly at night if you choose to run it.

This is not a threat and I hope you do not perceive it to be. However, in fairness to you, I must inform you that I have turned this matter over to my attorney. He is quite knowledgeable about commercial aviation (probably knows more than you and I combined). In addition, he is very familiar with Delta and the facts about that company. I would not have printed the book without his having reviewed the manuscript.

My request is you forget you ever read my book and quietly give the “review” a proper burial by pressing delete.



From: David M Rowell
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:30 AM
To: 'Harry Nolan'
Subject: RE: Draft review

Hi, Harry

We publish tonight - is there anything you'd like to add or comment on?




From: Harry Nolan [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 5:16 PM
To: 'David M Rowell'
Subject: RE: Draft review


Thanks for sending this to me. I appreciate your taking the time to think about my book.

I have looked over the review briefly…and am a bit overwhelmed at the length and volume.

Tomorrow I will be on plane and will give your review the time it deserves.

I strongly request that you hold off putting the review online until I have gotten back to you.

Thanks…and I will get back to you over the weekend.


Harry L. Nolan, Jr., CMC, President
Management Advisory Services, Inc.

[email protected]
Mail: P.O. Box 421428, Atlanta, GA 30342
Street: 3340 Peachtree Road, Suite 1800 Tower Place, Atlanta, GA 30326
Direct: (404) 202-5109 Phone: (404) 261-2000 Fax: (404) 745-0844


From: David M Rowell
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 2:41 PM
To: 'Harry Nolan'
Subject: Draft review

Hi, Harry

They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, so perhaps there's also no such thing as a bad review. But - as you can see - while I have few problems with your underlying premise, I struggled with the lack of 'hard evidence' in your book.

I'm pleased to add a second page of response/rebuttal from you if you wish, and if you feel anything I've said unfairly/incorrectly misstates your views and commentary, I'll of course either correct such things or add your perspective to those comments too.

The review is currently on a pre-production server, it will go live sometime next week.

For what it is worth, I've spent a great deal more time on this review than most, and also, I see, written a great many more words on the topic too! Thanks for the thought-provoking read.


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Originally published 21 Apr 2005, last update 21 Jul 2020

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