"Since childhood, I’ve been a War of 1812 buff … Never before, however, have I encountered a book on that war more intellectually engaging than The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy ... Inspired ... couldn’t have done a better job of weaving together first-person accounts of the War of 1812 into a single volume … Spectacular… Jenkins and Taylor’s tapestry of personal reminiscences of the war is sui generis. Clearly, the bicentennial of the war that birthed the U.S. Navy holds surprises for even scholars of the era."

-Douglas Brinkley

Praise for ‘Ginseng, the Divine Root’

Now available as an e-book from Algonquin Books.

“Adventurous.” —Booklist

A “fascinating tour… a master storyteller.” —Library Journal

“An engaging cultural history.” —The Brooklyn Eagle

“An excellent job. I would highly recommend this book … reminds me of Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”Herbalgram

“An intelligent, wide-ranging account.” —Publishers Weekly

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Praise for ‘Soul of a People’

“A wonderful and engaging book.” Robert Whitaker, author of On the Laps of Gods

“David Taylor goes inside the project to give us intimate snapshots of the writers and what they saw and felt during that hard time. Soul of a People is a revealing and a valuable resource.” Nick Taylor, author of American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA

“The place to start learning about that remarkable era.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Best Books of 2009

“An excellent history…” Washington City Paper

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About the Author

David Taylor writes about revealing connections between people and their worlds. His writing about people, food, health and science has appeared in SmithsonianThe Washington PostThe Village VoiceOutsideThe Christian Science Monitor, Science, and Oxford American.

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