Edward Humes
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Edward Humes

QUICK STORY: A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Edward Humes' latest book is DOOR TO DOOR: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation (April 2016). He is also the author of ,GARBOLOGY: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash and the collaborative eBook BEYOND THE SNITCH TANK. His other books include the PEN Award-winning NO MATTER HOW LOUD I SHOUT: A Year In the Life of Juvenile Court, the bestseller MISSISSIPPI MUD, FORCE OF NATURE: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution, and A MAN AND HIS MOUNTAIN, his biography of renowned wine maker Jess Jackson.

BACK STORY: When I was six I decided I wanted to be a writer, and I've been at it ever since. I started my writing career in newspapers, and I think I probably would have paid them, instead of the other way around, for the thrill of seeing my first byline in print. As a newspaper reporter, I gravitated toward stories that allowed me to dig behind the scenes and beneath the surface, looking for questions others hadn't asked or imagined. For me, the job amounted to this: license to find out the things I had always wanted to know, about anything and everything that interested, touched or outraged me. Then, within the space and time limitations of a daily newspaper, I had the chance to mold it all into a story to pass onto others. I loved that work.

When I left newspapers to write nonfiction books, I suddenly had weeks or months, rather than hours or days, to immerse myself in the inner workings of the places, characters and events I seek to understand and write about. I had found the greatest job I can imagine.

In my books, I try to take readers inside worlds most don't get to visit or see close up on their own. My first stories were about crime -- real-life murder mysteries-- and I still enjoy reading and writing true crime. But I've pursued broader and more varied narratives in my more recent books. I've written about the nation's crumbling juvenile justice system, the California high school that went from worst to best in the state, the harrowing but surprisingly humane world of a neonatal intensive care unit, the front lines of a modern-day Scopes Monkey Trial, a Gulf Coast murder mystery solved by the victims' own daughter.

Lately - in ECO BARONS, FORCE OF NATURE and GARBOLOGY - I've focused on narratives about the environment and sustainability. I believe this to be the most important story of our age - for ourselves, and for our children.

Now I've turned to the hidden world of how we move ourselves and our stuff in my newest book, DOOR TO DOOR. Take a ride with me through the magnificent and maddening world of transportation... and buckle up!

OTHER WRITING: I've written for numerous publications, including Los Angeles Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Readers Digest, California Lawyer, the Oxford American, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. I have taught writing and journalism at the University of California, Irvine, Chapman University, and the University of Oregon.

SPEAKING: I enjoy speaking about my work, and have been invited to address a wide range of groups and organizations:the National Education Summit, the National Steinbeck Center, the ALOUD series, the National Association of District Attorneys, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Dole Center for Politics, the National High School Journalism Conference, the National College Newspaper Convention, the National Association of Teachers of English, the California Department of Corrections, the California Appellate Project, the American Psychology and Law Society, the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Poynter Institute, the Crichton Club and numerous universities and other schools. I was called to testify about my reporting on juvenile court before the U.S. Senate and a joint session of the California Senate and Assembly. I've had the pleasure of delivering a commencement address at Hampshire College in Amherst, my alma mater, and have enjoyed speaking at venues throughout California as a contributing writer to MY CALIFORNIA, an anthology from which all proceeds were donated to the California Arts Council to support arts and writing programs for the state's school children. I served as a Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, and taught writing workshops at the University of Oregon graduate program in literary nonfiction.

HONORS: I received a Pulitzer Prize for my newspaper coverage of the military, a PEN Center USA award for NO MATTER HOW LOUD I SHOUT, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for "The Forgotten," my LA Magazine account of life inside Los Angeles's nightmarish home for neglected children, and a Silver Gavel honor for MONKEY GIRL. The Washington Post named SCHOOL OF DREAMS a best book of 2003; the Los Angeles Times named MEAN JUSTICE a best book of 1999.

BORN: Philadelphia.

EDUCATION: Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass.

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Southern California

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    • Door to Door

    • The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
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      4 out of 5 stars 109

    Edward Humes breaks down the complex movements of humans, goods, and machines as never before, from increasingly car-less citizens to the distance UPS goes....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Preachy but valuable

    • By B. Pelton on 04-21-19
    • The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 04-12-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 128 ratings

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Garbology

    • Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Edward Humes investigates trash - what's in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A phenomenal read & serious eye-opener

    • By Andy Feicht on 10-07-18
    • Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 12-27-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 66 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • No Matter How Loud I Shout

    • A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    Edward Humes creates an unforgettable portrait of a chaotic system that is neither saving our children in danger nor protecting us from adolescent violence....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Mississippi Mud

    • Southern Justice and the Dixie Mafia
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Alex Paul
    • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    The riveting true-crime account of the heartbreaking murder that shook a Southern city to its corrupt foundation....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book, Terrible Narration

    • By JustS on 09-26-14

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Burned

    • A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Was a monstrous killer brought to justice or an innocent mother condemned? Hear more about the story of a mother, the house fire that killed her three children, and the now-questionable evidence that handed her a life sentence....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Shelley Goldman-Tompkins on 01-30-19
    • A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 01-08-19
    • 4 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • A Man and His Mountain

    • The Everyman Who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America's Greatest Wine Entrepreneur
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tells the story of the self-made billionaire who built the Kendall-Jackson empire from nothing into the biggest-selling brand of premium wines in the U.S....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Required listening for any wine maker

    • By Michael Carr on 01-10-15
    • The Everyman Who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America's Greatest Wine Entrepreneur
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 10-22-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Inside the Snitch Tank

    • A Story of Murder, Misconduct and Justice Delayed
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Edward Humes
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Jailhouse snitches are rarely prisoners who happen to overhear confessions....

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Force of Nature

    • The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution
    • By: Edward Humes
    • Narrated by: Michael Quinlan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    What happens when a renowned river guide teams up with the CEO of one of the largest - and least Earth-friendly - corporations in the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wal-Mart learns to leadvin Green initiatives all the way down the product line

    • By Home-Is-A-Retreat-Mom on 02-07-18

    Regular price: $19.95

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