BRIAN McGINTY'S BIO

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Brian McGinty is an attorney, writer, and historian with a special interest in American history and law. He is the author of twelve published books and 200 articles that have appeared in popular magazines and scholarly journals.

McGinty’s awards include the 2009 Scribes Book Award of the American Society of Legal Writers, issued for John Brown’s Trial; the Book One Arizona designation for 2008 and 2009, issued by the Arizona State Library, for McGinty’s The Oatman Massacre: A Tale of Desert Captivity and Survival; the Editor’s Award for Historical Scholarship issued by the Sonoma County Historical Society for Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy; and the Excellence in Writing Award issued by the National Historical Society for his article titled “Friend of the Wilderness: John Muir,” which was published in American History Illustrated in July 1977.

McGinty received an A.B. in American history from the University of California in Berkeley and a J.D. from the same university’s Berkeley Law. He practiced law in trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level while beginning a long career of freelance writing. He has taught political science courses at California’s Hartnell College and been an editor and a writer for a large national legal publisher, where he participated in writing and editing practice books for lawyers all over the country.