Charlie's Place to open doors

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Palisades, NY – A true historical tale of murders and redemption on the frontier in Oregon, Kansas and Oklahoma, written by one of the nation’s most respected journalists, will be published by History Publishing Co. on March 20, 2012.

Charlie’s Place – The Saga of an American Frontier Homestead (256 pages, with historic photos) represents a departure for author Michael S. Malone, who is best-known as a technology journalist (he was a long-time columnist for ABC News and editor of Forbes ASAP magazine, business author (including nearly 20 award-winning books, including The Virtual Corporation and Bill & Dave) and public television host and producer (“The New Heroes”).

But Charlie’s Place is very different: it begins on the starting line of the Oklahoma Land Rush, then races about 19th century America, investigating a murder on the Oregon frontier, an Indian raid in post-Civil war Kansas (with a brief appearance by George Custer), and a family’s survival in a dugout cave on Oklahoma’s Cherokee Strip. Only briefly does the book touch down on Malone’s usual Silicon Valley turf.

“Frankly,” says Malone, “I started out to write a simple history about ‘nice’ side of my family tree – something for my kids and their descendants to read. But as I dug deeper, and as the dead bodies and acts of heroism began to pile up, I realized that I had uncovered an extraordinary story – one that would be of great interest to general readers. I think it offers a view of American history we’ve rarely seen.”

As similar reaction occurred with the earliest readers of the book (see attached quotes), including Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Walter Isaacson, who wrote “This book could transform your life”); noted novelist Ron Hansen, and Forbes Magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard. Says Malone, “Those reactions made me realize that I had a lot more than simple family book on my hands.”

Charlie’s Place centers around an Oklahoma Land Rush farm near Enid, Oklahoma, the man (Charles Hasbrook) who homesteaded it and built its landmark house and barn; and his granddaughter (Nadiene Malone, the author’s mother) who regained the farm after it had been lost for sixty years, and embarked on its restoration.

But counterpoised against these strong-willed and heroic characters are figures that, if they weren’t real, would be right out of a Victorian melodrama: a lonely frontier housewife who goads the hired hand into murder, a cowardly man who runs from the murder of his brother by Indians on the Kansas prairie to meet his own brutal murder a decade later in the forests of Oregon. There is also an unscrupulous Depression era banker, a college football hero turned embezzler, a 21st century cattle drive up the Chisholm trail, and even a previously unknown letter by a housewife of genius describing the bloody murder of her youngest son.

“I think readers will find Charlie’s Place a unforgettable experience,” says Don Bracken, president of History Publishing. “Not only does it feature the kind of powerful and fast-moving narrative that you would expect from a best-selling author of Malone’s caliber, but in its unflinching reconstruction of the past, it is also a reminder of Malone’s roots as a newspaper investigative reporter.

“Charlie’s Place will be a memorable read for fans of 19th century American history, Western history, historic restoration, reconstructive geneology, and even of detective stories. But most of all, I think it will appeal to readers who enjoy history written with relentless style, a discerning eye, and deep sense of family.”

Malone will support the publication of Charlie’s Place with a national radio tour, as well as regional speeches, book signings and media interviews. The manuscript itself will be available for extracts or serialization by interested publications. The author is available for interviews.

About the Author:
Michael S. Malone is one of the world’s best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation’s first daily high-tech reporter, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer prize for investigative reporting. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world’s largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom.

Malone is the author or co-author of nearly twenty books, notably the best-selling “The Virtual Corporation”, “Bill and Dave”, and most recently, “The Future Arrived Yesterday”. He has also hosted three nationally syndicated public television interview series and co-produced and wrote the Emmy-nominated primetime PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, “The New Heroes.”

As an entrepreneur, Malone was a founding shareholder of eBay, Siebel Systems and Qik. Malone holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, where he is currently an adjunct professor.He is also an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Friend of Oxford.

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