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Author: Alex Palmer Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781494587253
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Before the charismatic John Duval Gluck, Jr., came along, letters from New York City children to Santa Claus were destroyed, unopened, by the U.S. Post Office. Gluck saw an opportunity and created the Santa Claus Association. The effort delighted the public, and for fifteen years money and gifts flowed to the only group authorized to answer Santa's mail. Gluck became a Jazz Age celebrity, rubbing shoulders with the era's movie stars and politicians, and even planned to erect a vast Santa Claus monument in the center of Manhattan—until Gotham's crusading charity commissioner discovered some dark secrets in Santa's workshop.

The rise and fall of the Santa Claus Association is a caper both heartwarming and hard-boiled, involving stolen art, phony Boy Scouts, a kidnapping, pursuit by the FBI, a Coney Island bullfight, and above all, the thrills and dangers of a wild imagination. It's also the larger story of how Christmas became the extravagant holiday we celebrate today, from Santa's early beginnings in New York to the country's first citywide Christmas tree and Macy's first grand holiday parade. Download and start listening now!

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  • The Santa Claus Man is a warmhearted and informative history, and a luscious tale besides. Andrew Burstein, author of The Original Knickerbocker

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About the Author

Alex Palmer is a journalist and author living in New York City. He covers business, travel, culture, and pop culture, and his work has appeared in New York Daily News, United Airlines’ Rhapsody, Slate, Vulture,Time Out New York, Publishers Weekly, The Rumpus, Brandweek, The Hollywood Reporter, and many other outlets.

About the Narrator

Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer who has narrated numerous audiobooks as well as countless instructional recordings and video games. His narrations have earned an Audie Award nomination and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. He also cohosts the popular board-game podcast The Dice Tower.