When he's not writing his own biography in the third person, Matthew Algeo writes about unusual and interesting events in American history.
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure is his second book. His first, Last Team Standing: How the Steelers and the Eagles – "The Steagles" – Saved Pro Football During World War II, won the 2006 Nelson Ross Award for outstanding pro football historiography.
His most recent book is The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth.
Algeo is also a journalist. He has reported from three continents, and his stories have appeared on some of the most popular public radio programs in the United States, including All Things Considered, Marketplace, and Morning Edition.
In addition to reporting and writing, Algeo has held jobs as a convenience store clerk, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman, and a proofreader. He also worked in a traveling circus (as a hot dog vendor; no acrobatics involved).
His wife, Allyson, works for the United States government as a Foreign Service officer. They have a daughter named Zaya and currently live in Mongolia.
(Pictured: The author, circa 2007. Courtesy of Allyson Algeo, though it's not like she could have refused.)