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John Cribb is a bestselling author who has written about subjects ranging from history to education. His previous work includes coauthoring The American Patriot’s Almanac and The Educated Child, both New York Times bestsellers; co-editing The Human Odyssey, a 3-volume world history text, and developing on-line history courses. John also worked as former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett’s collaborator on the New York Times #1 bestseller The Book of Virtues. His writing has been published in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Chicago TribuneNational Review Online, and several other publications. During the Reagan administration, he worked at the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Old Abe is John’s first novel. Abraham Lincoln has been his hero from history since boyhood, when he read about Abe growing up on the frontier in the old Childhood of Famous Americans biography series. John’s bookshelves are now full of Lincoln books. His love of history, Lincoln, and a good story led to Old Abe. John worked on the novel on and off for a dozen years, which means it took three times as long to write the darned thing than it did for Lincoln to win the Civil War.


John lives in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina, a state rich in both Civil War and Revolutionary War history. He serves on the board of trustees of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries, one of the finest library systems anywhere. He also serves on the board of directors of the Hub City Writers Project, which operates an award-winning independent bookstore and the premier literary press in the South. He and his wife, Kirsten, have two wonderful daughters of whom they are enormously proud.