J.D. Dickey has been writing books for 20 years, first as an author for Penguin/Rough Guides, now as a writer of narrative nonfiction about American history, society and culture. Of his current book, Rising in Flames, the Wall Street Journal wrote, "No one interested in Sherman’s March should be deprived of his lively narrative. Absolutely spellbinding." His earlier book, Empire of Mud, was a New York Times bestseller and described the troubled landscape of Washington, D.C., in the nineteenth century. Mr. Dickey has also written articles on a broad range of historical, political and travel-related topics for newspapers and magazines, and appeared in media from C-SPAN's Book TV to Public Radio International's program The Takeaway. In addition to his nonfiction work, he has penned short stories for print and the web, and created several short films that have appeared at U.S. film festivals. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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J.D. Dickey is represented by Adam Chromy of Movable Type Management.