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WELCOME!

Thank you for visiting my website and exploring my books.

"I grew up in a house with lots of books and parents always reading. I remember being fascinated by the very look of books, and I remember what an impression my paternal grandparents' home had on me when we visited when I was four years old, five, six, seven, walking in the front door of their English Tudor into a chestnut paneled reception hall lined with leaded glass-doored Gothic bookcases, full of books. In the presence of these books, one was filled with awe, as if walking into a cathedral."

"Whenever I pass the bookcase in my study packed with my books, it always amazes me: how did so many accumulate over five decades? When did this happen?"

"I remember only the joy, the exuberance of taking an idea and working with it, of daily tackling and solving the myriad challenges each chapter, each page, every paragraph can present."

A Slant of Wind

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In another century, I might have been described as "a man of belles-lettres" if that can mean writers who jump around forms and topics depending on what interests them at the moment. My books include history, biography, memoirs and essays. Novels to come. Stay tuned!

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MY BOOKS

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A Slant of Wind: A Summer Afternoon's Reflections on Writing and Publishing

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Best-Kept Boy in the World: The Life and Loves of Denny Fouts

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Changing Law: A Biography of Arthur T. Vanderbilt

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Florham: An American Treasure

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Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

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Gardening in Eden: Seasons in a Suburban Garden

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Golden Days: Memories of a Golden Retriever

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The Making of a Bestseller: From Author to Reader

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Olmsted's Genius: The Landscape of Florham

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The Richest and Most Famous Private Chef in the World: Joseph Donon

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The Soul of a House: Adventures in Building an Antique Retirement Account

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Treasure Wreck: The Fortunes and Fate of the Pirate Ship Whydah

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Remaking Florham: From Gilded Age Estate to Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University

An Introduction to the Study of Law

Jersey Jurists: Profiles in the Law

Jersey Justice: Three Hundred Years of the New Jersey Judiciary

Law School: Briefing for a Legal Education

New Jersey’s Judicial Revolution: A Political Miracle