From the Author
As a small business owner, successful inventor, and scientist, I reduce theory to practice, I figure out and show how things work, and I apply science to solve real-world problems. I enjoy history about colorful characters doing heroic things - what I capture in my #1 Kindle Best Seller The Biographies of John Charles Fremont.
I also like technical writing that engages the mind and shows the simple truths behind complex ideas. History and science intertwine with art and creativity in surprising and fascinating ways to yield remarkable technologies. That's what The Art and Science of Ultrawideband (UWB) Antennas is all about. I also appreciate fiction that shows how ordinary people with extraordinary courage and determination can accomplish remarkable things - the motivation behind my debut science fiction thriller, The Hidden Truth.
From the Inside Flap
The 2016 Presidential election features a wide range of Republican contenders. How do they compare to John Charles Fremont, who in 1856 became the very first Republican candidate for President? Adventurer, explorer, military officer, businessman, and U.S. Senator, the current contenders must pool their experience to match Fremont's remarkable resume.
- Like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and John Kasich, Fremont was a governor. Only he became the military governor of northern California by right of military conquest, not election!
- Like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum, Fremont was a U.S. Senator -one of the first two U.S. Senators selected by the new state of California to represent the state in Washington.
- Like Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina, Fremont was a businessperson. His $10M California gold country holdings were worth the equivalent of perhaps a half billion dollars today, making Fremont, like Trump, one of the wealthiest candidates for president in U.S. history.
Fremont's resume included additional accomplishments without parallel among the current contenders. His distinguished career of exploration helped open the West to settlement and popularized the region to countless emigrants who used his reports as their guidebooks: Mormon settlers in Utah, California's Forty-Niners, and emigrants to Oregon. His unorthodox campaign to conquer California ultimately succeeded, but left him court-martialed and disgraced.
Fremont's colorful life and career made him vulnerable to allegations of scandal - his campaign was dogged by claims of illegitimate birth, secret Catholicism, and even cannibalism. Some of these claims were true. And Fremont was hindered by his principled and steadfast opposition to the further spread of slavery - the issue that in four short years would propel the nation into a bloody Civil War.The Biographies of John Charles Fremont
surveys the career of this amazing character and tells how the story of his life was captured by journalists, historians, and biographers.