Andrew Szanton
Ghostwriter and Memoir Coach
October 23, 2016 : 06:00 pm

by Andrew Szanton:
Three Kinds of Memoir

Andrew Szanton is a former oral historian at the Smithsonian Institution and author of
The Recollections of Eugene P. Wigner

The New York Times Book Review" Have No Fear reminds us what it meant to live under a system where segregation was important enough to kill for and where being treated with dignity and respect was a whites-only entitlement."

Dan Rather "A gutsy, American patriot and treasure . . . an important slice of American history."

The Seattle Times "Truly spellbinding ... relives the fear, desperation, and confrontation that marked the civil rights struggle."

About Andrew Szanton

Andrew Szanton is a veteran ghostwriter and memoir coach, with a special interest in African-American memoir, and in the memoirs of scientists. A serious student of American history and a 1985 graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Szanton's first published collaboration was with the Nobel laureate physicist, Eugene Wigner.  During World War Two, Dr. Wigner worked on the Manhattan Project, which built the world's first atomic bomb. The Recollections of Eugene P. Wigner received excellent reviews.

Mr. Szanton's next book, Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story, was a collaboration with the Mississippi civil rights leader, Charles Evers.  After the infamous assassination of his younger brother, Medgar Evers, Charles Evers took charge of the NAACP in Mississippi, and ran it with fearless bravery. 
David Levering Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, wrote of Have No Fear: "Charles Evers has given us one of the most extraordinary memoirs about race in America that I know.  He was a holy sinner of the civil rights era, who kept company with mobsters, bootleggers, callgirls, Kings, Kennedys and Rockefellers."

Mr. Szanton loves to help people write memoirs. He has collaborated with Missouri Botanical Garden director Peter Raven. He has also collaborated with former Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke, with John Whitehead, the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs, and with Dr. George Pake, former founding director of the Xerox PARC research center in Palo Alto.

Mr. Szanton has taught memoir writing at Harvard University Extension School, and has been profiled in "Contemporary Authors." He is a book writing coach.
He is married, has two children, and lives in Newton, Massachusetts.