Master storyteller and New York Times best-selling author and Warwick resident, Jim Defelice, will be at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick, on Sun., Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.
Defelice will discuss his newest, popular history book, West Like Lightning: The Brief Legendary Ride of the Pony Express. He is known for his vivid, raw, and powerful portrayals of modern American military heroes, from Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s iconic memoir, American Sniper, to a groundbreaking biography on a WWII-era Five Star General, Omar Bradley: General at War.
In West Like Lightning: The Brief Legendary Ride of the Pony Express, DeFelice resurrects the heroes of the Old West to recreate the sweeping drama of the American frontier’s most audacious enterprise, the legendary Pony Express. A meticulous researcher, DeFelice drove the entire nearly 2,000 mile stretch of the original Pony Express trail from Sacramento, CA to St. Joseph, MO in 2016.
Along the way, he talked with museum curators, local historians, and historical reenactors of the Pony Express Association and tracked down original documents to convey the full scope of the historic enterprise against the wider background of the U.S. Postal Service, American finance, the Gold Rush, and the impending Civil War. There is also a surprising connection to the Hudson Valley inventor Samuel Morse’s telegraph system, to New York City’s financial district, which financed some of the enterprise, and to political scandals in Washington, D.C.
To register for the program call the Library at 986-1047, ext. 3 or visit www.albertwisnerlibray.org. For more information about Defelice, visit www.jimdefelice.com or www.westlikelightning.com.