Richard Zacks
AUTHOR

Richard Zacks

Richard Zacks grew up in New York City, with summers with relatives in his birthplace of Savannah, Georgia. He became intrigued by the personal life of Mark Twain when he discovered how conflicted the great author was: wanting to curse, drink and gamble YET also wanting high brow respect. As a teenager, Zacks gambled on the horses, played blackjack in illegal Manhattan card parlors and bought his first drink at age fifteen at the Plaza Hotel. He also attended elite schools such as Horace Mann (’73), University of Michigan (’79) and Columbia Journalism School (’81). He majored in Classical Greek and studied Arabic, Italian and French. His whole life he has felt torn between the seedy and the high brow. He is a born contrarian. His books reflect that, with topics ranging from Joan of Arc’s virginity tests to a vindication of Captain Kidd, from Edison’s electric chair to Mark Twain’s erotic writings. . Zacks spent the decade of the 1980s as a journalist, writing a widely syndicated newspaper column, as well as freelance pieces for the likes of The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, and he brings a who, what, when, where and an occasional why to his writing of historical narrative. The N.Y. Times, commenting on his first book, “History Laid Bare”, stated that Zacks “specializes in the raunchy and perverse.” That was two decades ago; he has perhaps evolved since then. His second book, “An Underground Education” became a cult hit; his third book “Pirate Hunter” has sold more than 175,000 copies and TIME magazine chose it among the five best non-fiction books of the year. Zacks has also appeared in four documentaries. Tall, bald, spry, he still plays full court basketball, and does his writing in an office, overlooking Union Square Park in Manhattan.
Read more Read less
Only $7.95 a month for the first 4 months of Audible Premium Plus

Best Sellers

Are you an author?

Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.