John Buchanan


Type your paragraph or brief header here After an absence of 46 years, John Buchanan has published a short story in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. "Death by Misadventure" can be read in the March/​April 2010 issue. In 1964 EQMM published "Direct Hit," which was subsequently chosen for inclusion in the Mystery Writers of America Anthology for that year, as was another story, "The Journeymen," in the 1965 anthology.

John Buchanan was born in Glens Falls, NY, 13 September 1931. He grew up in Hudson Falls, NY, Cheboygan, MI, Columbus, OH, and Chagrin Falls, OH, and graduated from Chagrin Falls High School in 1949. Following service in the army (1951-54), he graduated from St. Lawrence University (1958) magna cum laude with highest honors in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching high school history in Newark Valley, NY, he was an archivist at Cornell University (1960-64). In 1966 he joined the staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1966-1993), first as Archivist of the Museum and for 22 years Chief Registrar in charge of worldwide art movements. In that capacity he traveled widely in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the former USSR, the Middle East, India, China, Japan, and Australia. Upon retirement he resumed a writing career that had begun in the 1960’s with short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Woodmen of the World. The stories in EQMM were also published in Mystery Writers of America anthologies. Since 1997 he has published with John Wiley & Sons three books on early American history. A short story will appear in a forthcoming issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He is presently working on another book on the American Revolution as well as short stories and a novel. In 1953 he married the former Susi Erhardt of Tuttlingen an der Donau, Germany, with whom he lives in New York City.

Selected Works

The Road to Valley Forge: How Washington Built the Army That Won the Revolution (2004)
"The fearful suspense of battles, the hot blood of interpersonal rivalries and the nobility of revolutionary hopes...make for engaging reading... "
Publishers Weekly
Jackson’s Way: Andrew Jackson and the People of the Western Waters (2001)
"Necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand this man who dominated thirty years of American history."
History: A Review of New Books
The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas (1997)
“Outstanding popular military accomplishment of the same high order as...McPherson’s Civil War historiography.”

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