MAN OF WAR: MY ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF HISTORICAL REENACTMENT
Author: Charlie Schroeder
Publisher: PENGUIN/PUTNAM (PENGUIN ACCT), May 2012
Taking readers on a figurative trip through time and a literal journey across America. Details an ordinary guy's attempt to relearn history by experiencing it. Embedding with his fellow countrymen, Charlie Schroeder jumps headlong into the idiosyncratic world of historical reenactment. 7x10 inches, 288 pgs.
Confederates in the Attic meets The Year of Living Biblically in a funny and original memoir
In Arkansas, there is a full-scale Roman fort with catapults and ramparts. In Colorado, nearly a hundred men don Nazi uniforms to fight the battle of Stalingrad. On the St. Lawrence River, a group of dedicated history buffs row more slowly than they can walk?along with author Charlie Schroeder, who is sweating profusely and cursing the day he got a book deal.
From encounters with wildlife and frostbite to learning more than he ever expected about guns, ammo, and buttons, Schroeder takes readers to the front lines of bloodless battles in order to show exactly how much the past has to teach us all about our present (and explain why anyone would choose to wear wool in a heat wave).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charlie Schroeder is a writer, public radio producer and actor. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Reader?s Digest, and The Los Angeles Times as well as in Best American Sports Writing 2006. Radio stories he has produced have been featured on NPR, including Weekend America, Only a Game, On the Media and Soundcheck. He lives in Los Angeles, California.