Michael Esslinger
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Michael Esslinger

Michael Esslinger is an acclaimed historical researcher and best-selling author; his work has also appeared in film and television documentaries, including segments on the Discovery, National Geographic, Travel and History Channels. His interests include entertainment, science and historical subjects. Escaping Alcatraz (co-written with David Widner) was the winning title of the 2018 International Book Awards in the True Crime category.

From the elusive crew of Apollo 11 to the inmates of Alcatraz, he has interviewed icons and others who have shaped history and continues to write on subjects that explore the spectrum of the human experience. His books Alcatraz: The History of the Penitentiary Years and Letters from Alcatraz continue as best-selling references chronicling the island's rich historical past. He is the co-author of the movie memoir: I Want It Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a magical memoir written with Julie Dawn Cole, the original "Veruca Salt" in the classic motion picture starring Gene Wilder.

Current projects include a comprehensive history of the Apollo program, documenting mankind's epic journey to the moon, and based on first person interviews with the Apollo Astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Alan Shepard, James Lovell, Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, Gene Cernan and many others. Other projects include Whitey Bulger, 1428-AZ: The Alcatraz Interviews, a book based on interviews between Bulger and Esslinger conducted over a span of over five years, and Escaping Alcatraz: The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History; a new detailed account of the famed 1962 Frank Morris and Anglin Brothers escape.

Visit www.HistoryArchive.com for more information on current and future works.

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Best Sellers

    • Alcatraz

    • A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years
    • By: Michael Esslinger
    • Narrated by: Eric Medler
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    A comprehensive reference that breaks away from traditional tourist-style books, this audiobook is the result of years of intensive research....

    • A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years
    • By: Michael Esslinger
    • Narrated by: Eric Medler
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 01-05-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Escaping Alcatraz

    • The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History
    • By: Michael Esslinger, David Widner
    • Narrated by: Dave Clark
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Under the cover of night on June 11, 1962, using only crude homemade tools, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin tunneled their way out of Alcatraz....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alcatraz A to Z . . .

    • By Polly Poizendem on 03-27-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Letters from Alcatraz

    • By: Michael Esslinger
    • Narrated by: Emil Nicholas Gallina
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Letters From Alcatraz is an epic exploration of a secret cloak and dagger culture once hidden behind a mythical curtain. This book is much more than a mere exercise in myth busting....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By Brent A. Olsen on 10-26-16

    Regular price: $24.95

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