Peter Burchardis the author of more than twenty-five books -- both fiction and nonfiction -- for young readers and adults. The last of these isLincoln and Slavery,published in 1999. He is the author ofOne Gallant Rush: Robert Gould Shaw and His Brave Black Regiment,a major historical source for the motion pictureGlory,which won three Academy Awards. Two of his books were ALA Notable Books and theNew York Timeshas praised him highly, saying that "he uses historical fact with skill" and has "a splendid facility for characterization." He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.