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Owen J. Hurd

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Cleveland, The United States



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A Chicago-area resident for thirty-eight years, I live in the Andersonville neighborhood with my wife and son.

I've always been interested in history and literature, making my living one way or another through the written word: as an editor for several book publishers, freelance writer for corporations and non-profit organizations, and most recently as an author.

I recently finished my second book, After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History's Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters. Targeted to adult readers, the book will be published on August 7, 2012 by Perigee Trade, a division of Penguin Group USA.

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After the Fact

by Owen Hurd

Giveaway ends August 07, 2012.



Every day I open my copy of the Chicago Tribune, I find at least one good idea for a new book or article. Being partial to history topics, most of them appear in the paper's Almanac feature, which is a kind of "On This Day" rundown of significant events in history. Today, for example, I was reminded that on July 24, 1915, "the excursion charter boat Eastland capsized at a dock along the Chicago... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 24, 2012 11:47 • 173 views • Tags: american-history, american-revolution, paul-revere, pearl-harbor, scottsboro-case, u-s-history, world-war-ii
Average rating: 3.61 · 161 ratings · 29 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
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This is now one of my favorite Steinbeck works. The tension created by the well-meaning hobo party thrown for Doc builds up to a poignant and hilarious scene.
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Get Capone by Jonathan Eig
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Whether they have a passing or deep interest in prohibition-era Chicago, readers will find Get Capone both enlightening and entertaining. With wit and insight, Eig dispels many pet notions about who Capone was, how he came to rule the Chicago underwo ...more
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God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
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A combination history lesson and anti-religious rant, there's something for everyone here. If you are intellectually inclined to agree with Hitchens, each page delivers a satisfying affirmation of what you already believe. If you have religious leani ...more
The Poker Bride by Christopher Corbett
" A somewhat disappointing read. Started out promising but ran out of gas. Seems to me like there wasn't enough raw material to work with. The topic may ...more "
" Thought I'd point out one of O'Brian's more poetic passages thus far, in the opening to Chapter 3 (p. 95): "The sky was still grey and it was impossib ...more "
Owen Hurd voted on a poll in the group The History Book Club
Presidential Series Run-Off Poll

There are three presidents who were tied for third place after Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. We need to discover which of the three the group would like to read after Theodore Roosevelt and w

He voted for: Ulysses S. Grant
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