Also nominated as finalists in this category were “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City,” by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company), an evocative, heavily researched examination of an industrial giant’s grandiose scheme to create a model rubber plantation deep in the Amazon forest; and “Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815,” by Gordon S. Wood (Oxford University Press), a lucid exploration of a turbulent era when a profoundly changing America, despite the sin of slavery, came to see itself as a beacon to the world, demonstrating human capacity for self-government.
If you don't know already, your guy Greg was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in history for his Fordlandia book. He didn't quite win, but he was one of the top three. That's a nice honor.
I'll write him. But I'm congratulating you, too. Between my book, which was one of Time magazine's Best Ten Books of 2008, and Greg's, now a Pulitzer finalist, you're kind of the ace of literary guides on the Amazon. You'll have to advertize yourself that way. "Gil Serique, Ace Guide -- Good things come from following Gil."
You can use that -- it's a freebie.
Congrats. I hope things are going well. I'm in the middle of writing my book about the Lindbergh race. It's due Aug. 31. As always, at this point, it's still a mess.