New York Times Best Selling Author Releases Autobiography

'The Hanged Man' is Ron Van Clief's autobiography that details his incredible rise from literally being hanged to becoming an international film star as 'The Black Dragon', NYT best selling author and fifteen time All-American Champion.
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March 28, 2012 - PRLog -- The Hanged Man is the astonishing true story of a man surrounded by trauma and violence who is forced to become a superman in order to survive. The events that forge Ron Van Clief are brought on by harsh circumstances, fierce racism, and tragic choices, however Van Clief does not succumb to victimization. With an iron will, he becomes “The Black Dragon”: the first black martial arts film star, and one of the greatest martial artists of all time.

His determination to win – despite horrific odds–exacts a heavy toll and his life becomes a roller coaster ride with spectacular highs, devastating lows, and more than a few cliff-hangers. Ron’s biography reads like a microcosm of the American experience in crisis. His father is so abusive that as a teenager Ron plots his murder. Only a few years later Ron is actually lynched by a gang of racists and left to die. In Vietnam he is forced to become a killing machine.

On the Lower East Side of New York, drug lords try to gun down Ron and his child. He tears through countless unhappy relationships with women. He is by turns wealthy and homeless. There is serious damage inside, and one tragic loss still haunts him to this day. Despite these struggles, Ron miraculously attains excellence and fame being a man among men.

This amazing biography was written by Ron Van Clief and Sparky Parks and is available on, and will soon be available at   A Kindle version of the book is slated to be released next month.

About the Authors:
Ron Van Clief was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, served in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam war, is a five time world karate/kungfu champion and fifteen time all American champion, an international film star and a New York Times bestselling author. Mr. Van Clief currently resides in St. Thomas with his wife Simina and son Kai.

Sparky Parks - It goes on and on and it never stops going until it does and then somehow the music keeps flowing to the edge of the mind where conscious creates the body and somewhere in time we try to relate to somebody. What's written thereafter is part of the story told to me by the Master. Past slips into memories of present to find one poised on the pinnacle of focus and harness the days go slow into seconds on the edge of life and death. We take our last breath.
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