Jack Kelly is a public scholar, a historian, and a novelist. His book The Edge of Anarchy, which the New York Times called “timely and urgent,” tells the story of the greatest labor uprising in U.S. history. Heaven’s Ditch is a rollicking account of the Erie Canal and the political and religious upheavals that erupted along its length. Band of Giants, winner of theDAR History Medal, is a pithy and insightful history of the Revolutionary war. Gunpowder offers readers an account of the world’s first explosive substance, an invention that quite literally changed the world.

Books in order of publication:

Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive That Changed the World – 2005

Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence – 2014

Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal – 2016

The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America – 2019

Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty – 2021