I am a writer, editor and narrative historian who likes to pursue cold cases in history through the lens of strong characters and fast-paced plots based on extensive research.
My book, THE AMERICANO: Fighting with Castro for Cuba's Freedom, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly: "William Morgan, an American who made his way to the front line of Castro's revolution in Cuba, gets thorough and entertaining treatment in this biography. Largely unknown in the U.S., his story is filled with the suspense of a blockbuster war movie, offering new and insightful perspective into the political climate of 1950s Cuba."
Carlos Eire, the National Book Award winner for his memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, wrote, "The Americano is history at its best: a brilliant, fast-paced account based on solid research that reads like a great epic novel. . . . As engaging as it is revealing, this narrative opens up the history of the Cuban Revolution from within as no other English-language book has ever done."
From 2005 to 2009, I edited Inside Mexico, a magazine that I founded with my (brilliant) wife (Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Hidden Figures) to address the media needs of the million-plus Americans and Canadians living in Mexico. Inside Mexico became the most widely distributed English-language periodical in Mexico, publishing long-form articles on such topics as the history of African-Mexicans, the impact of NAFTA, and the “third-culture” that has developed along the Mexican-American border. The magazine stopped publishing in 2009, just as we were nominated as “Entrepreneurs of the Year” by the Time-Warner-owned magazine, Expansion. (That was tricky.) Since then, I have worked as a tourism-marketing consultant for the Mexican national government and governments of several Mexican cities and states, including Mexico City. In addition, I work part-time for my father's art and citizenship project, Americans Who Tell the Truth.
I grew up in rural Maine where I learned most of what I know about life, studied English Literature and Spanish Language and Culture at Harvard College, and earned an MA in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine. Since 1998, I have worked in media, including book publishing and internet start-ups. I have lived in Latin America on and off since 1993, including stints in Costa Rica, Cuba and Mexico. When not researching and writing or starting media businesses, I help other writers polish book proposals, novels, histories and memoirs.
My wife, Margot Lee Shetterly, is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. The book, a #1 New York Times Bestseller that has been adapted into a blockbuster movie, tells the story of women who worked as Human Computers at NASA (and its predecessor NACA) beginning as early as 1943. Buy it today! It is a fantastic story.
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Beyond the work, I like birding, fly-fishing, trail running, the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics (C'mon, I'm from Maine! I was born with these affiliations.), and grilling on the terrace.