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Book Two Reviews

"Ordinary People, Extraordinary Elections: A Memoir of International Democracy Builders (Ordinary People Trilogy Book 2) by Lois Ann Nicolai is a continuation of the amazing journey of this former Indiana farmer’s wife who reinvented her life after her husband’s tragic death. Setting out on a journey of promoting peace around the world, Lois has kept up a breathtaking pace for the past thirty odd

years. Lois Ann Nicolai has made a difference in the world, as only Lois can, and I wait with excitement to read the final memoir of this ordinary woman on her extraordinary journey through the second half of her life."

 +++++  5-Star Review

Reviewed by Grant Leishman 


"Ordinary People, Extraordinary Elections: A Memoir of International Democracy Builders is a work of non-fiction in the memoir subgenre and serves as the second installment in the Ordinary People Trilogy. This was one of the most fascinating books I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing for this site, covering in detail an aspect of 20th-century European history that often gets neglected despite its clear and important relevance to modern-day politics.  Ordinary People, Extraordinary Elections as an important educational tool in the discussion about international politics and civics."

+++++  5-Star Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn


In Ordinary People, Extraordinary Elections, Lois Ann Nicolai relates what she experienced from 1988 to 2014 as she traveled to developing European countries to help the OSCE/PAE create new democracies. From being guarded by soldiers with guns in perilous, war-torn countries to seeing the horror of the Srebrenica massacre in the eyes of the survivors and dealing with mosquitoes, heat, and other inconveniences, the story is filled with memorable and challenging experiences.  That Lois Ann Nicolai decided to take on a challenging goal and impact the world positively is a message to all that they can contribute to the world and achieve important goals at any age.

 +++++  5-Star Review

Reviewed by Foluso Falaye


Lois Ann Nicolai dives into another fascinating chapter of her own life in Ordinary People, Extraordinary Elections: A Memoir of International Democracy Builders, an insightful and passionately penned memoir. Reflecting on political subjects and personal experiences that are both timely and timeless, readers are given a behind-the-scenes view into the nuances of contentious elections and culture in a myriad of countries, across Bosnia, Croatia, Sarajevo, Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, and more.

++++  4 - Star Review  


Book 2 of Lois Ann Nicolai's memoir trilogy, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Elections: A Memoir of International Democracy Builders captures history in the making. It follows the life and times of Nicolai as she travels to developing European countries, helping the OSCE/PAE create new democracies. Its eye-opening, enlightening surveys provide the rare opportunity for better understanding not just from a reporter's eye, but from the efforts of an embedded professional who was active in overseeing and guiding the political evolution of nations.


Reviewed by Diane Donovan



A Lifelong Citizen Activist

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