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Sidney Kirkpatrick is an award-winning filmmaker and international best-selling author. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include A CAST OF KILLERS, TURNING THE TIDE, LORDS OF SIPAN, EDGAR CAYCE: AN AMERICAN PROPHET, and THE REVENGE OF THOMAS EAKINS. His documentary film, MY FATHER THE PRESIDENT, about Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, was a winner at the American Film Festival. HBO, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the A & E Television Networks have all featured his work. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine, The New Yorker, and Playboy. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Stony Brook, New York.
Based on a true story spanning several centuries and continents, Kirkpatrick's (-sidneykirkpatrick.blogspot.com) latest nonfiction title, following A Cast of Killers (2007), reads like a wild cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and the novels of Michael Connelly. From the Spear of Destiny that lanced the side of Christ to the detailed symbolism of the Third Reich, this incredible-but-true account follows the 1945 search for the pillaged symbols of Germanic glory. In it, U.S. Army lieutenant Walter Horn, a prewar professor of art history, is the lead investigator in a race against time for these stolen, priceless artifacts, which might have been a uniting factor in the rise of a Fourth Reich. Narrator Charles Stransky's (Red Moon Rising) tension-filled performance is spectacular. Recommended for anyone interested in military affairs and American history. [See Prepub Exploded, LJ Online 12/3/09.-Ed.]-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"A vivid true-crime narrative about a post-World War II investigation meant to prevent Nazis still at large from using several venerable medieval artifacts to reconstitute the Reich. . . . Fast-moving and intriguing, in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark." --Kirkus Reviews "Tales of art stolen and then recovered or lost forever make for an intriguing drama of the Second World War. Hitler's Holy Relics paints one such story . . . complete with a bold hero, a post-apocalyptic backdrop, a subplot out of Indiana Jones, a treasure worth dying for, and a classic locked-room mystery at its heart. . . . A crackling good story." --Noah Charney, Artinfo.com "A riveting narrative that is as exciting as a well-crafted novel. . . . Sidney Kirkpatrick paces his book about the case of the vanishing jewels with such skill that it grabs readers by the scruff of the neck and does not let go until the very last page." --Larry Cox, King Features Syndicate