Author Richard Zacks (b. 1955) is the author of three books to date:
His first book, History Laid Bare (HarperCollins, 1994) packed unusual accounts of love and sex from Joan of Arc to Mark Twain.
His next title, "An Underground Education" (Doubleday, 1997) took the same no-holds-barred approach to research and applied it to Arts, Crime, Medicine, etc. He dug up stories about Edison's electric chair and Lincoln's tentative plan to ship out the freed slaves.
He spent more than three years researching The Pirate Hunter, including months at the public Record Office in London (where he found a pirate prisoner's long-lost diary). Zacks is the author of two previous books of unusual research: bestselling History Laid Bare and perennial book club favorite An Underground Education. He lives in Pelham, N.Y., with his wife and two children, and every so often when he finds the neighborhood just too smug and comfortable, he flies the Jolly Roger from the flagpole off his son's bedroom.
This biography was last updated on 07/01/2010.
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