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Thomas J. Craughwell
After four years in a doctoral program studying medieval English literature, three years as a copywriter for Book-of-the-Month Club, and one year as a marketing director for a pricey, upscale travel company, I went into business for myself as a full-time writer in 1992. (Yeah. I can't believe the... show more

After four years in a doctoral program studying medieval English literature, three years as a copywriter for Book-of-the-Month Club, and one year as a marketing director for a pricey, upscale travel company, I went into business for myself as a full-time writer in 1992. (Yeah. I can't believe the business has stayed afloat this long either). As a writer, I really don't specialize; my resume is all over the map. I developed the concept and wrote the script for History Book Club's first television commercial. I've written direct mail for Time-Life Books, TV Guide, The Reader's Digest, Hilton Hotels, and the American Banking Association. I wrote the original Barnes & Noble web site; a series of online e-learning business, finance, and banking courses for the New York Institute of Finance; and a special "History of the Paperback" web site to celebrate Quality Paperback Book Club's 25th anniversary. My 50 States Fandex cards (Workman Publishing, 1998) have sold 700,000 copies (!). And I've published articles in a variety of newspapers and magazines--from The Wall Street Journal to Emmy magazine to the national Catholic news weekly Our Sunday Visitor. My first book, Every Eye Beholds You: A World Treasury of Prayer (Harcourt Brace, 1999), was a Main Selection of both Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club. My book on patron saints, Saints for Every Occasion (Stampley Enterprises, 2001) has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Polish. I'm not a professional talking head, but I've been invited to discuss saints, the canonization process, and Catholic history on CNN, EWTN, Ave Maria Radio; and urban legends on the BBC, The Discovery Channel, Inside Edition, and approximately 75 radio stations.
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Birth date: January 01, 1956
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 2 years ago
The good - Craughwell's chapters detailing the society of the time, in particular the immigration issues are wonderful. You really understand the time period.The bad - the actual stealing bit is actually less engrossing than that, and a bit dull in terms of writing (though to be fair, I read this af...
Books with a Beu
Books with a Beu rated it 5 years ago
Excellent "random" find at the library!This tells the stories behind a score of saints "before they were saints".It helps put a little more human flesh onto the "saintly" pictures we grew up with - we get to hear about the murderous deeds of some Ukrainian/Viking monarchs; the financial cheats and s...
Reflections
Reflections rated it 5 years ago
An entertaining mix of history and food, most of this book is spent on the time Thomas Jefferson was in Paris, along with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, as an ambassador of sorts for the newly formed United States. Jefferson took along his slave James Hemings--brother to Sally Hemings who joined ...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it 6 years ago
While this was interesting for the food history about French and American styles during the late eighteenth century, and Thomas Jefferson's time in France and Italy, this book was only mediocre for me. I was hoping that there would be more about people were eating, and what they were eating. But ins...
Words, Words, Words
Words, Words, Words rated it 6 years ago
The enlightening story of Thomas Jefferson and James Hemings as they bring French cuisine first to the American palate. Of course, there is a lot more than the introduction of French Fries and Macaroni; Craughwell's tale of culinary adventure tells us a lot about the culture's of the time, the intro...
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