Welcome to Escallonia Press, San Francisco’s premier publisher of fine literature. Our website is about to undergo a major remodeling, but for now, it is still completely functional.
We are thrilled to announce the publication in ebook and trade paperback of A History of the U.S. in 20 Movies: an All-Movie History Course (2014). It is available now on Amazon and soon in bookstores as well. The new website will include excerpts from the book and chapter by chapter recommendations of the best related books – histories, biographies, memoirs, and even novels.
This unique book provides an accurate, thorough overview of American history by explaining interesting movies based on American history, all of which are available on Netflix and/or Amazon. This is a fun history course packed into one book and twenty movies. It could be the solution to the appalling and notorious ignorance of history on the part of students and the general public. This is also a unique form of creative nonfiction, combining popular history, film criticism, and the literary essay.
I wrote, directed, produced, and edited a low-budget feature film in the early Eighties (available on You Tube as “Twisted Tales of Edgar Allan Poe”). In the late Eighties, I worked for George Lucas’ special effects division, Industrial Light and Magic. After that, as a history teacher for nearly twenty years, I searched for the most effective way to teach the subject that polls perennially rank as students’ least favorite. A History of the U.S. in 20 Movies is the result of that search.
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