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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 fantasy novel about history: The Jericho River (Winifred Press 2018). I’m also the author of Secrets of Hominea, a middle reader fantasy novel about history and science — to be published late in 2018. 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 2015). 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.)

Please don’t hesitate to subscribe via e-mail or follow me on Twitter. (See the links in the sidebar to the right.) And comments are very welcome. I hope you enjoy.

/ David W. Tollen

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