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Albert Marrin

Biography

Albert Marrin

From Albert's website:
 

One of my most prized possessions is a copy of a painting by Charles M. Russell, the “cowboy artist.” It is called The Story Teller and depicts a scene inside a Plains Indian lodge. The lodge is barren except for a quiver of arrows, a few blankets, and a small fire burning on the bare earth. Six youngsters, ranging in age from five to seventeen, are seated cross-legged on either side of an old, shriveled man with long white braids. Their attention is total. They see only him with their eyes, hear only him with their ears. He is the storyteller and, at least for now, the center of their world. 
 
I don’t know if it is considered a great painting. Yet it has always had special meaning for me. In a sense, I am Russell’s storyteller and my young readers are the children sitting around the fire. 
 
Years ago, I taught social studies for nine years in a junior high school in the East Bronx in New York City. On some days, when the class was restless, I would declare “story time,” and tell adventure stories from history, such as Custer’s “last stand” and Sir Henry Morgan the buccaneer. 
 
After graduate school, I became a college teacher. Professors are supposed to “publish or perish,” write books and articles to gain promotion and tenure. I had no intention of perishing. I wrote four scholarly books, all well received in the profession. That was nice, and I was pleased. But I was not thrilled. I wanted to reach a larger audience, not as a scholar but as a storyteller. Actually, I wanted connect what I knew as a teacher with how I felt as a storyteller. So I began to write history for younger readers. I tried to write in the most interesting way I could, all the while remaining true to the facts. It worked. So far I have written more than forty books for young readers. Though now retired from teaching, I spend much of my time reading, listening to music – and especially writing more books.

Albert Marrin

Books by Albert Marrin

by Albert Marrin - History, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science, Young Adult 12+

In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, were felled by influenza. By the summer, the second wave struck and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. In the space of 18 months, about 500 million people came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million. In this book, filled with black and white photographs, Albert Marrin examines the history, science and impact of this great scourge --- and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today.

by Albert Marrin - History, Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

Just 75 years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: it rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years. How could this have happened? UPROOTED takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together.

by Albert Marrin - Biography, Education, History, Young Adult 13+

Albert Marrin explores the life of a fascinating, complex man, who is lionized by some and villainized by others. FDR guided his country through a crippling depression and a horrendous world war. He understood Adolf Hitler, and what it would take to stop him, before almost any other world leader did. But to accomplish his greater goals, he made difficult choices that sometimes compromised the ideals of fairness and justice.

by Albert Marrin - Biography, Education, History, Young Adult 12+

Dubbed 'The Father of the American Revolution', Paine began his written reign by fervently proposing the idea of American independence from Great Britain, where he lived before emigrating to the United States in his thirties. Paine continued to divulge his ideas to the public, risking his reputation and even his life. Award-winning author Albert Marrin illustrates the hardships and significance of a man's beliefs and its affects on our nation in a way that all ages can comprehend.

by Albert Marrin - Biography, History, Nonfiction
John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, fanatic, and "the father of American terrorism." Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry that rendered the Civil War inevitable.
 
Deeply religious, Brown believed that God had chosen him to right the wrong of slavery. He was willing to kill and die for something modern Americans unanimously agree was a just cause. And yet he was a religious fanatic and a staunch believer in "righteous violence," an unapologetic committer of domestic terrorism.