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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Thomas Barry  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History & Biography Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1963 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.michaelthomasbarry.com
-- Michael Thomas Barry on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=michael+thomas+barry


Illinois Connection

Barry was born on May 7, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in northwest suburban Wheeling, Illinois. He graduated from Wheeling High School in 1981 and attended Illinois College from 1981-83.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Thomas Barry earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Criminal Justice and History from the California State University, Fullerton and also holds a post graduate degree in legal assistantship from the University of California, Irvine. He is a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com, and pens the daily column "What Happened on this Date in Crime." Barry has also written the e-short story ''Once in a Blue Moon: A Short Story'' which is available on Amazon. Michael is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers Association, Biographers International, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Authors Guild. He resides in Orange, California.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Final Resting Places: Orange County's Dead and Famous
ISBN: 0764334212

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.. 2010

2010 USA Book News Best Book Awards "Finalist" in U.S. History
2013 Halloween Book Festival "winner" nonfiction - history

Tour the graveyards of Orange County, California. Photos help identify burial locations of luminaries such as President Richard Nixon, murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson, famed aviator Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Olympic hero Florence Griffith-Joyner, and John Wayne. Also featured are numerous founders of Orange County, victims of true crime, sports stars, politicians, and legends of entertainment. Read their informative stories, and follow step-by-step directions to their graves.

Fade to Black: Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927 -1950
ISBN: 0764337092

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.. 2011

2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards "Silver Medal" in Non-fiction Music/ Entertainment
2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards "Winner" in Arts & Entertainment

Tour the final resting places of Hollywood's Oscar-winning legends of the Golden Age (1927 to 1950). Visit burial locations and read shocking life stories and film career biographies of extraordinary actors, actresses, and directors. Stories include famous names such as Mary Pickford, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Jimmy Stewart, James Cagney, Ingrid Bergman, and many more. Helpful travel directions allow you to sit back, relax, and hold on, as you get up close and personal with some of Hollywood's greatest bygone icons.

Murder and Mayhem: 52 Crimes That Shocked Early California 1849-1949
ISBN: 0764339680

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.. 2012

2012 International Book Awards "Winner" in True Crime
2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards "Finalist" in True Crime
2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards "Finalist" in True Crime
2012 Los Angeles Book Festival "Finalist" in Non-fiction
2012 Halloween Book Festival "Honorable Mention" in Non-fiction

Relive some of the most notorious and long-forgotten historical crime stories of early California, from the Gold Rush to the mid-twentieth century. Told through shocking newspaper headlines of the time, these 52 stories include the exploits and dastardly deeds of infamous bandits, Joaquin Murrieta, Juan Flores, and Tiburcio Vasquez. Experience the poetic adventures of the most famous stagecoach robber, Black Bart, the murderous rampages of fiends, such as John Anschlag, Mose Gibson, Leon Soeder, Theodore Durrant, and the infamous Black Widow, Louise Peete. Also discussed are a treasure trove of unsolved murders including the notorious Black Dahlia slaying, the killing of mobster Bugsy Siegel, and the San Diego Slayer case. These true tales come to life with dozens of rare photographs. Sit back and relax as the darker side of the Golden State is explored.

Great Britain's Royal Tombs: A Guide to the Lives and Burial Places of British Monarchs
ISBN: 0764341294

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.. 2012

2013 International Book Awards "Winner" in the General History


2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards "Finalist" for Historical Non-Fiction


2013 Readers Favorite International Book Awards "Honorable Mention" in History



An essential and concise reference guide to the final resting places of the monarchs of England. Learn the true-life stories of the monarchs of England from the warrior kings of the Dark Ages to modern day. Visit some of the famous cathedrals and lesser-known burial sites throughout Great Britain. Learn about some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of Great Britain. Whether it's William the Conqueror's slaying of Harold Godwinson, Henry VIII's readiness to behead his unfortunate wives, or Elizabeth I's chastity, these monarchs hold both legendary and symbolic positions in the public imagination. In a spectacular celebration of the British monarchy, discover momentous content detailing the lives and final resting places of each ruler. Also presented are their achievements and failings, as well as their impact on the wider world. A magnificent visual feast, this book guarantees to bring history alive for readers of all ages, through exciting narrative, illustrations, paintings, and rare photographs.

Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers
ISBN: 0764344382

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.. 2013

2014 Readers Favorite International Book Awards "Gold Medal" in Nonfiction-historical"
2014 London Book Festival "Runner-up Finalist" in Biography/ Autobiography/ Memoir
2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards "Finalist" in Autobiography/ Biography

Journey into the best of British Isles literati in this comprehensive and concise review of 50 of the greatest writers and poets. Through engaging biographies, extensive descriptive observations, and 158 illustrations, the lives of England, Scotland, and Ireland's great writers come alive.

America's Literary Legends: The Lives and Burial Places of 50 Great Writers
ISBN: 0764347020

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.. 2015

2015 Readers Favorite International Book Awards "finalist" Historical Nonfiction
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards "finalist" Historical Nonfiction
2015 USA Book News Best Books Awards "finalist" History: United States

America s Literary Legends is a concise, yet truly distinctive and comprehensive review of 50 authors and poets who shaped American literature from the 1600s through the mid-twentieth century. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, this anthology takes a fresh approach to the lives and burial places of the greatest authors of American literature. It includes such masters as Irving, Poe, Whitman, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, and features introductions to each time period with an overview of the historical, cultural, and literary background of the era. Through succinct and engaging biographies, extensive descriptive observations, and 200 photographs, these great writers come to life. Innovative and authoritative, America s Literary Legends embodies a fresh approach to the study of American literature and the authors whose works have become classics.


Awards

  • 2010 USA Book News Best Books Awards “finalist”, ''Final Resting Places Orange County's Dead & Famous''
  • 2011 Readers Favorite Best Books Awards “silver medal”, ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950''
  • 2011 USA Book News Best Book Awards "finalist", ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950''
  • 2012 JPX Media International Best Books Awards “winner”, ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949''
  • 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival “honorable mention", ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949''
  • 2012 Indie Excellence National Best Book Awards “finalist”, ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949''
  • 2012 Halloween Book Festival "honorable mention" ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949''
  • 2012 USA Book News Best Books Awards "finalist", ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949''
  • 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards "winner", ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950''
  • 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards "finalist", ''Great Britain's Royal Tombs''
  • 2013 International Book Awards sponsored by USA Book News “winner”, ''Great Britain’s Royal Tombs''
  • 2013 Readers Favorite International Book Awards "Honorable mention", ''Great Britain's Royal Tombs''
  • 2013 Halloween Book Festival "Winner", ''Final Resting Places Orange County's Dead & Famous''
  • 2013 Southern California Book Festival "Honorable Mention", ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950''
  • 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards "finalist," ''Literary Legends of the British Isles''
  • 2014 Readers Favorite International Book Awards "gold medal," ''Literary Legends of the British Isles''

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