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MAR 30, 2013 - Slate

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The Man Behind Ben-Hur, Lame Police Tactics, and Lots and Lots of Gay Marriage

“The Passion of Lew Wallace: The incredible story of how a disgraced Civil War general became one of the best-selling novelists in American history,” by John Swansburg. Swansburg recounts Wallace’s triumphs and failures, from his ignominious role at the 1862 Battle of Shiloh to his association with legendary gunslinger Billy the Kid. And he describes how the iconic Ben-Hur, a novel which helped reunite America after the trauma of the Civil War, came to be written.

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