Historical Hall of Fame:  John E. Ferling (b. 1940 ) is a  prolific author and professor emeritus of history at the Univ.of West Georgia
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John E. Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia ( from which he retired in 2004)
 
As a leading historian on the American Revolution, he has appeared in television documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, C-SPAN Book TV, and the Learning Channel.

Dr. Ferling completed a BA degree in history from Sam Houston State Univ. in 1961, a MA degree in history from Baylor Univ.in 1962, and his Ph.D in history from West Virginia University in 1971.
 
John has taught history at Morehead State Univ. and  West Chester State Univ.; but, he spent most of his teaching career at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
 
In 2004, he received the Fraunces
Tavern Museum Book Award for
 A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to
Create the American Republic
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Publications:
 
The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon
Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence
The Loyalist Mind: Joseph Galloway and the American Revolution
A Wilderness of Miseries: War and Warriors in Early America
The First of Men: A Life of George Washington
Struggle for a Continent: The Wars of Early America
John Adams: A Life
Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, 
Jefferson, and the American Revolution
A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the 
American Republic
Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800
Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free 
(published June 21, 2011)