About

IMG_4867 Jack 20C fullJack Kelly is a public scholar, a historian and a novelist. His book Heaven’s Ditch is a rollicking account of the Erie Canal and the political and religious upheavals that erupted along its length. Band of Giants, winner of the DAR History Medal, is a pithy and insightful history of the Revolutionary war. Gunpowder offers readers an account of the world’s first explosive substance, an invention that quite literally changed the world.

The Baltimore Sun described Jack’s writing as “brilliantly succinct and excruciatingly powerful.” The Wall Street Journal wrote that he “packs in a remarkable amount of information, thanks to his lean, readable prose.” A New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, Jack has appeared on NPR, PBS, and The History Channel. He has written for national publications including the Wall Street Journal and American Heritage. Born in Western New York, Jack now lives and works in the Hudson Valley.

Listen to an interview:
The Book Show
History Authors Show
Cambell Conversations
The Takeaway

Talks:
C-Span (Band of Giants)
New York Society Library (Heaven’s Ditch)

Selected Articles:
Terror on the Hudson: The Burning of Kingston
The New York Origins of Mormonism

Revolutionary Tourist: Chastellux in America
The Story of the FBI: “The Most Dangerous Institution”
The History of Poker
Playing with Fire: A History of Pyrotechnics

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