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Bio

I am a writer and narrative historian interested in cross cultural histories and the collision of revolutionary ideas and movements with the US military, law enforcement, and justice systems. I'm currently working on a book about the 1979 "Greensboro (North Carolina) Massacre." This project, under contract with Amistad/HarperCollins, has received support in the form of fellowships with Virginia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

My first 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 and partner Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Hidden Figures. 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.

 

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 my own projects, I enjoy helping other writers polish book proposals, novels, histories and memoirs.

 

I also work with my father on his remarkable art and citizenship project, Americans Who Tell the Truth. Check out his portraits at americanswhotellthetruth.org. My mother is the author of 9 books, including the recently published Seaweed Chronicles. My sister explored the relationship between GMO foods and health in her book Modified.