In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence--yet how many of them do we actually remember? "Signing Their Lives Away "introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document--and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers. Signer George Wythe was poisoned by his nephew; Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel; Robert Morris went to prison; Thomas Lynch was lost at sea; and of course Sam Adams achieved fame as a patriot/brewer. Complete with portraits of the signers as well as a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, "Signing Their Lives Away "provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.
About the Author
Denise Kiernan has been working as a writer for nearly twenty years. Her most recent book, "The Girls of Atomic City", is a "New York Times, Los Angeles Times" and NPR" "bestseller", " and was named as one of Amazon's Top 100 Best Books of 2013. She is also the author of popular history titles "Signing Their Lives Away, Signing Their Rights Away, "and" Stuff Every American Should Know". She has been published in "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader's Digest, Discover, " and many more publications. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" during its Emmy award-winning first season and producing for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC. She has been a featured guest on" "NPR's" ""Weekend Edition,"" PBS NewsHour, MSNBC Morning Joe, " and "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.
Joseph D'Agnese is a writer and journalist who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Though he writes about the Middle Ages, he considers himself a Renaissance man. He is the author of "Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci".