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Alan Huffman is an author and journalist from Bolton, Mississippi. He is known for chronicling epic sagas that have slipped through the cracks of history, such as his 2004 nonfiction book Mississippi in Africa, which explores two parallel universes: The U.S. state of Mississippi and a largely forgotten freed-slave colony by the same name on the west coast of Africa. Ten Point, a photoessay book, illustrates the final days of the wilderness of the Mississippi Delta, the setting for William Faulkner's short story "The Bear". Sultana follows three young soldiers through a series of survival challenges during and after the American Civil War, including their capture and imprisonment, culminating with their surviving the worst maritime disaster in American history. We're with Nobody, co-authored with Michael Rejebian, is about contemporary American politics, focusing on Huffman's and Rejebian's 18 years as opposition researchers, during which they focused on candidates from presidential appointments and congressional representatives down to local school board members.
Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer, is about the photojournalist's life, including his coverage of conflicts from the West African nation of Liberia to Sierra Lione, Darfur, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Libya. Hetherington, whose artistic eye and focus on revealing the lives of his subjects set him apart from other conflict photographers, was nominated for an Academy Award (with codirector Sebastian Junger) for the documentary film Restrepo. He was killed in Libya, alongside photographer Chris Hondros, on April 20, 2011, while covering that nation's revolution.
Huffman has contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smithsonian, the Oxford American, Outside, Preservation, Lost, American Legacy, Washington Post Magazine, the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NPR's All Things Considered, and Fox & Friends.
He moved the Holly Grove Plantation House from near Port Gibson, Mississippi to Bolton, Mississippi in 1990. The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. He divides his time between Bolton and New York City.
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