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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 history’s surprises, its misunderstood truths, and its fascinating and puzzling and impossible factoids. Finally, this blog offers thoughts on today’s issues, informed by the struggles of the past.

Author, David W. Tollen

I’m an amateur historian, and I’m the author of a multiple-award-winning young adult fantasy novel about history: The Jericho River (Winifred Press 2018). I’m also the author of Secrets of Hominea, a novel that uses fantasy to teach history and science, again to young people.

In addition, I’m a member of the Board of Advisors for Ancient History Encyclopedia, a non-profit publishing the world’s most-read history encyclopedia.

Finally, I’m a lawyer and an instructor at U.C. Berkeley Law School. I’m the author of a bestselling legal manual published by the American Bar Association, The Tech Contracts Handbook (ABA 2015). I also founded and run a boutique law firm, called Sycamore Legal, as well as a training company, called Tech Contracts Academy. I have degrees from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University in England, as well as a B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley.

Incidentally, 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.

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