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This blog makes history fun and relevant to today. It serves up the stories of past times that lie behind today’s concerns — behind our news and entertainment. It also explores the past for its own sake. It offers up history’s surprises, its misunderstood truths, and its fascinating and puzzling and impossible factoids.

I’m the author of a young adult novel that uses fantasy to teach history: The Jericho River (Winifred Press 2013, 2015). (You can learn more about my book at or by visiting the retail links in the sidebar to the right.) I’m also the author of Secrets of Hominea, a book of short stories that use fantasy to teach science, as well as history — to be published in 2015. I’m an amateur historian and dedicated history buff, and the material here comes from my reading and study, patronage of historians’ lectures, and ruminating and theorizing. In terms of background, I’m a lawyer with degrees from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University in England, as well as a B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley. I’m also the author of a bestselling legal handbook published by the American Bar Association, The Tech Contracts Handbook (ABA 2010). Finally, I’m a husband and the father of two little boys. (My name, incidentally, is David Tollen, but I started this blog under a pen name, David Carthage. You’ll see that name on my older posts.)

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/ David Tollen

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