MORE NEWS!– The Secrets Behind the Structures is now available in a Kindle edition as well as paperback. You will find it here.
The great structures of the world have stories to tell and secrets to reveal. Here is the inside story of the people, the conflicts, the intrigues, and the events behind some of the world’s most iconic structures…and some you have probably never heard of. You’ll learn:
-How the Eiffel Tower defeated the Nazis.
-Why, except for a postage stamp, the Panama Canal might have been built in Nicaragua.
-How balloons were used to construct Disney World.
-Why a Mexican empress once lived in a castle in a botanical garden in Belgium.
-Why one of the world’s biggest hotels has never had a guest.
-Why the famous wooden Bridge on the River Kwai was made of steel and was not actually on the River Kwai.
-Why an iconic New York skyscraper was once in imminent danger of collapse.
-Why the Statue of Liberty has relatives in Egypt.
You never really know a structure until you know the stories behind it.
Here is a video trailer for the book.
And here is an interview I did recently for the local TV show Delmarva Life
local TV show Delmarva Life
And here is a more in-depth radio interview on Delmarva Today
And here is a website with even more information about the book.
And here are a couple of pictures of the first of two classes I did on the book at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for their Academy of Lifelong Learning. Its a great room, with all the name boards fro old bay craft on the walls.
AND, here is an article in the University of Maryland Magazine under “Alumni News”
The Confessions of Gonzalo Guerrero has just been released in a paperback edition.
Here is the link to the Amazon listing.
In 11, would-be Conquistador Gonzalo Guerrero is shipwrecked on the unknown coast of the Yucatan and is captured by the Mayans. In this terrifying and alien land, he struggles to survive and must adapt or die. A few years later, Cortez arrives and hears that Guerrero is now living among the Mayans as a respected warrior, and is married to a Mayan woman. Guerrero refuses to return to Spain and helps the Mayans resist the Spanish conquest.
The Confessions of Gonzalo Guerrero, based on the true story of this extraordinary man, is Guerrero’s own account of his strange adventures and how he came to be a Mayan warrior fighting against his former countrymen.At the center of his transformation is his Mayan wife, the love of his life, the beautiful and clever Zazil Ha. “I had been forced to choose between the land of my birth and the woman of my heart,” says Guerrero. “I made my choice, and have never doubted I made the right one.”
Here is the video trailer..
That takes care of structures, secrets, and Spanish-Mayan warriors, but what about the rest of the website?
Here at johnreisinger.com. you can discover some of the lesser known but fascinating real-life people, places and events. Fiction can be unbelievable, but it’s got nothing on reality! Remember….
“Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to be believable, but truth doesn’t.”-Unknown
My name is John Reisinger. I live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and I write about real-life people, places, and events because I believe fiction can be exciting, inventive, and entertaining, but for really incredible and unbelievable tales, you just can’t beat fact. That’s why I write books that are either factual ,or based on real events, real people or real places. How about these for real life?
-A detective who produced a last minute confession to the Lindbergh kidnapping just days before someone else was scheduled to be executed for the crime.
-A POW escape and manhunt…in Canada
– A French invasion of Mexico during our Civil War, and their installation of an Austrian as the Emperor of that country
-A lighthouse keeper found dead in his lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, but the blood on the floor belonged to someone else.
And a lot more.
There are plenty of strange and fascinating events to write about and that’s what I do. I write about real events because truth really is stranger than fiction.
Update: Don’t have time to read an entire book? Check out my articles in Thousand Islands Life online magazine… Buried Treasure in the Thousand Islands, and A Last Night on the Alexander Henry, and When the Road to Germany ran Through the Thousand Islands
And: Check out the weird little-known stories behind the world’s landmark structures at The Secrets Behind the Structures, and take a look at a short interview I did on the subject for the local TV show Delmarva Life
And: The latest Max Hurlock mystery, Death across the Chesapeake, in which Max and Allison tangle with their town’s most wealthy and eccentric citizens to solve the murder of a stockbroker with a suspicious interest in art.
And, my new historical novel has just been released; the story of a shipwrecked Spaniard who became a Mayan warrior. It has already received a 5 star review from Readersfavorite.com. Read more.