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"Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, but often it's more exciting, too." -- Connecticut Magazine.

"It takes a deep dive into the life and adventures of this colorful figure who was a key local player in the late 1700s." -- Fairfield Sun.

"Captivating and refreshing to read." -- Bill Lee, Municipal Historian Emeritus, Fairfield, Connecticut.

About the Author

Jackson Kuhl is a writer, photographer, and historian. His journalism has appeared in Connecticut Magazine, Hartford Courant, New York Post, Reason, and other publications. Kuhl is also a frequent contributor to Calliope and Dig, magazines about history and archaeology for middle-grade readers. He lives in coastal Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609492285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609492281
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric J. Guignard on September 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
REVIEWED: Samuel Smedley, Connecticut Privateer
WRITTEN BY: Jackson Kuhl
PUBLISHED: June, 2011

This book is the carefully-researched account of true-life American Revolutionary war hero, Samuel Smedley, who captained the waters off the Atlantic coast terrorizing British merchants and war vessels alike. Author, Jackson Kuhl, is commended for presenting factual data for this chapter of history in a prose that is easy to read and relate. Smedley faced more than his share of devastating trials, yet persevered from each and continued service for the political cause that he so fervently believed in. Filled with adventure, compassion, and intrigue, this book reads almost as an epic action-romance, rather than the real life struggles of a single man. At just a bit over 100 pages, it's enough to satisfy the interest of any history buff without suffocating the reader in exhausting detail. Highly recommended for content and style.

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Just bought this book. Though not from Connecticut, I am a history buff and follow the period. I've read other pieces from Jackson Kuhl before -- he knows history and how to draw in readers. Kuhl has long been a well-versed historian of the early America period - whether toiling at Yale University's library or digs at a Southern New Jersey Settlement. It will be interesting to read his finding on pirate activity right off the coast of his adopted hometown.
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Definitely a must-have for any Smedley, or anyone interested in the commercial side of the American war of independence. "What makes the rockets fly? Funding."
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By suzei on February 19, 2015
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Great historical value. My great great grandfather was named after him.
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