Mr. Copacabana: An American History by Night

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Jim Proser

Award-winning and bestselling author Jim Proser grew up as the fourth of five sons of nightclub impresario Monte Proser and film actress Jane Ball in New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

His latest book from St. Martin’s Press, “SAVAGE MESSIAH; How Dr. Jordan Peterson is Saving Western Civilization”  is the biography of one of the most controversial figures of our time – Dr. Jordan Peterson.

Jim began his professional writing career at age 15 as a city reporter for the Lambertville (NJ) Beacon newspaper and went on as a journalist to write for Investor’s Business Daily and National  Review Online.  He has written screenplays for 20th Century Fox Television, Showtime Networks and numerous independent producers.

His first book, “Mr. Copacabana” is in negotiations as an extended dramatic television series.  The book reveals the outrageous life story of Jim’s father, Monte Proser, creator and operator of the iconic nightclub, and his involuntary business partnership with Frank Costello, the infamous “Prime Minister” of the mafia.

His second book, “I’m Staying with My Boys; The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC” was published by St. Martin’s Press and awarded the United States Marine Corps Commandant’s Recommendation in 2011. It  was the source material for the subsequent documentary film written and directed by Mr. Proser.  The book and documentary have also served as the source material for speaking engagements to the United States Naval Institute in Washington DC, the University of Northern Idaho Writer’s Symposium, Bowdoin College Advanced Literature Studies, the Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy and numberous civic organizations and secondary schools.

His third book, “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy; The Life of General James Mattis” was published by HarperCollins publishers and released on August 7, 2018. The book has achieved the rank of #1 in its category and #17 overall on He has been interviewed about the book on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” and “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Network.

Jim lives in Pennington, New Jersey and spends his days working on his next book and writing inflammatory political posts for his blog at