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Kickoff and new poster for Illinois Reads

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

On Saturday, I get to attend the kickoff event for Illinois Reads. My book Rockin’ the Boat is one of six books selected as part of a reading initiative for high school students around the state.

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So is the new bookmark. IR_Bookmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In the Details” in Linden Avenue journal

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

My short story “In the Details” is featured in the March issue of Linden Avenue literary journal.

An excerpt:

“That’s it! I’ve got it!” Elmer shouted. He grabbed his notebook and burst out of his cubicle with the urgency of a man trying to beat the devil.

Which was fair enough, seeing as that was his actual situation.

Third year at Anderson’s Bookstore Children’s Author Breakfast

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

On February 18, I was a featured author for the third year in a row at the Anderson’s Bookstore Children’s Author Breakfast in suburban Woodridge, meeting many librarians and teachers throughout Illinois. It’s always a great event with a lot of great local authors.

“Animal Husbandry” republished in See the Elephant

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

My first widely published short story, “Animal Husbandry,” now appears in See the Elephant from Metaphysical Circus. The story originally appeared in Printers Row Journal in late 2012.

An excerpt:

AT AROUND TWO in the afternoon, on an otherwise unimportant Tuesday in June, Herm Dublin’s prize heifer gave birth.

“The Others” featured in Duende’s January spotlight

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The first short story I wrote in years, now nearly five years old, The Others, is now published in Duende literary magazine, part of its January spotlight.

An excerpt:


Zacharias had spent most of the day alone, tending to his small flock of sheep. With no children of his own, and his wife long dead from a failed attempt to give birth to one, he went to the field alone every morning with his animals. By evening, when they were safely gathered in their pen, he made himself a small fire, brought to boil a pot of water, and cooked a batch of vegetables for his supper.

“The Cat” in East Bay Review’s holiday issue

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

A couple years ago, I wrote The Cat, a holiday story based on a Celtic myth. Now it’s part of East Bay Review’s holiday issue. I like being in a magazine from my old neighborhood, with Jack London on the masthead.

An excerpt:


Sitting in a bar on Christmas Eve didn’t feel out of the ordinary for David Silver. He was still unmarried, and his last relationship had ended months earlier, before there was even an awkward discussion about whose parents they would visit and how much time he’d need to take off work and what was an appropriate amount to spend on gifts. He was an only child, and had come to an agreement with his parents to take a trip to Vegas together in the spring rather than have him spend an exorbitant amount and battle transit stress to fly to Minneapolis for a few days just because the calendar suggested it.

Mikrokosmos Journal publishes “Crocotta”

Friday, December 9th, 2016

More fiction news. My short story “Crocotta” appears in the new issue of Mikrokosmos Journal, which came out last night and pairs all stories up with illustrations.

An excerpt:


Study the unexplainable long enough, and you’ll learn there’s usually an explanation.

The gryphon? Just protoceratops bones, discovered by Proto-Greeks who didn’t understand what they were seeing. The centaur? Horse archers of the Eurasian steppe, so adept on their steeds that they seemed to merge into one being. The roc, a bird big enough to carry elephants in its claws? Just the bones of bird-hipped dinosaurs with elephantine claws.

Illinois Reading Council names Rockin’ the Boat a 2017 Illinois Reads book

Friday, December 9th, 2016

This news was embargoed for a long time, but can now be shared. My 2015 book Rockin’ the Boat was selected by the Illinois Reading Council as part of the 2017 Illinois Reads program. It’s one of six books chosen for high schools as part of a statewide reading initiative. Illinois Reads is a great program, and I’m glad to be a part of it. There’s a formal kickoff in March, and then more events throughout the year.

IU alumni bookshelf

Monday, December 5th, 2016

My undergrad alma mater, Indiana University, included “Votes of Confidence” in the latest edition of the media school’s alumni bookshelf. I’ve gotten three entries on that shelf, and hope to grow that number soon.

Second appearance in Zoetic Press Non-Binary Review

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Zoetic Press Non-Binary Review just put out its Alice in Wonderland issue, which includes my short story “The Lion, the Unicorn, and the Dragon.” It’s my second time in this publication (after the Arabian Nights issue).

“Clarksdale” appears in Deep South Magazine

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

My short story Clarksdale is out today in the new issue of Deep South Magazine. It’s what comes from too much time ruminating on Robert Johnson and the Crossroads.


Milo pulled into Clarksdale just as the sun was setting.

It had been a long drive from Chicago, and he had to shake his legs a bit when he first got out of the car. After grabbing his knapsack and guitar from the backseat, he handed the driver a wad of cash to cover the promised gas money and gave him a hearty handshake. He slung the bag over his shoulder, grabbed the banged-up guitar case by the handle, and walked a few blocks to the first open bar he could find.

“The Elephants” appears in Birch Gang Review

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

I have another short story out. This time, it’s The Elephants, appearing in the new issue (issue 1.3) of Birch Gang Review.

An excerpt:

Several hours before it happened, all the elephants went away.

Not many people noticed. But the three sisters did.

“Granddad’s Ballgame” in the Saturday Evening Post

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

In the fall, I wrote “Granddad’s Ballgame,” a humor story in what I call a “front porch” style, and The Saturday Evening Post published it yesterday.

An excerpt:

When my Granddad was just a boy, to hear him tell it, there were only three things he ever wanted to do in his life. One was to get the girl who lived on the farm catty-corner to take a shine to him. Another was to see the world, or at least some part of the world outside Indiana. The third was to make a ballplayer out of himself.

Audiobook out now

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

The audiobook for Votes of Confidence arrived August 16 on Amazon and other platforms, in both CD and MP3 form. Check out this sample audio from the book.

Top YA Reads for the Summer

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Earlier this summer, Foreword Reviews gave “Votes of Confidence” a great review, and now the magazine has listed the book as one of the six best YA books for summer reading this year. It’s a great list; check it out.

Another thumbs-up review, from Publishers Weekly

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Got another positive review for the new book,this time from Publishers Weekly, which gave a big boost to the last book as well.

An excerpt:
Fleischer’s well-contextualized, nonpartisan approach results in a valuable resource for readers looking to understand and become involved in a complicated system while avoiding spin.

Foreword Reviews gives Votes five stars

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Last year, Foreword Reviews named “Rockin’ the Boat” one of its critic’s choice picks for 2015. This year, the magazine, just gave a five-star review to “Votes of Confidence.”

An excerpt:

Even as a kid, Jeff Fleischer recalls, he was a politics nerd. Now a Chicago journalist with history books about iconic revolutionaries and instances of mass hysteria under his belt, he’s issued a timely primer on the American electoral process, Votes of Confidence. Many adults are poorly informed about the political system, he notes; only 62 percent would likely pass the US citizenship test. This book would be a perfect refresher course, then, but should also be required reading for sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds as they prepare to vote for the first time. Fleischer covers a huge amount of information, but in such an orderly and lucid manner that it never feels overwhelming.

Newcity makes book signing a top-five lit event

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The “Votes of Confidence” book signing at Book Cellar in Lincoln Square was named by Newcity as one of its top-five lit events for the May 16-30 stretch.

Book review in Books for Kids Blog

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Got another review of Votes of Confidence, this time at the blog Books for Kids. Check it out here.

An excerpt:
There’s a lot there to take in, enough to make this readable book an excellent textbook for a high school or even college course. With clarity, succinctness, and a bit of ironic wit, this book is a definite first choice for high school and public libraries, for young people approaching voting age and for adults (e.g., those who can’t name the three branches of federal government and the balance of powers that it provides to keep us going) to read almost everything you need to know before you vote! Kirkus Reviews gives this one a well-deserved starred review, saying, “Fleischer’s primer tenders a wealth of insight in a generous and welcoming manner.” And boy, do we need that insight!

Book review in Dew on the Kudzu

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

I quite like the blog name Dew on the Kudzu, and it published a nice review of Votes of Confidence today.

An excerpt:


At a time when we’re constantly bombarded by political rhetoric, VOTES OF CONFIDENCE steers clear of hedges and dodges, instead using wit and good humor to offer a clear-eyed account of where we are, how we got here, and how this whole thing works. It also serves as a good reminder that voting is a hard-won right, and even today is not always a guarantee, so we should take advantage of the privilege and let our voices be heard.

Voting article in Signature Reads

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

With Votes of Confidence arriving in stores tomorrow, Signature Reads asked me to write a piece on 10 things voters should know about this year’s election. Check it out.

Extra credit interview with LitPick

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Last year, LitPick interviewed me for Rockin’ the Boat, and the site was kind enough to do it again this year for Votes of Confidence. You can read it here.

An excerpt:

If you could have lunch with one other author (dead or alive!), who would it be?

There are a lot of good choices, but I’ll go with my default answer of Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve been a fan of his a long time, and there would be a lot to talk about.

Speaking at DePaul on 4 May

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

On Wednesday, May 4, I’m speaking on a three-person panel at DePaul University in Lincoln Park, at an event for Chicago Women in Publishing. We’re talking about careers in writing and publishing, and the event is open to the public (free, but there are tickets). Register here.

Upcoming signing at The Book Cellar

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

The Book Cellar, an excellent bookshop in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, will host a book launch for “Votes of Confidence” on May 21. Here’s all the information about the event.

“The Paper Cut” appears in Jet Fuel Review

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

The new issue of Jet Fuel Review, Lewis University’s literary review (issue 11), includes my comedy short story “The Paper Cut.”

Great review from Infodad

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Infodad, which reviews books for a family audience, gave my new book “Votes of Confidence” an excellent review, with its four-pluses rating.

An excerpt:

Timely it certainly is, but Jeff Fleischer’s Votes of Confidence is more than that: it is a first-rate introduction to American elections in the hyper-communicative digital age, designed for readers young enough to remember only one or two presidential election cycles but – for that very reason – extremely useful as well for their parents and for other “old hands” at elections who are trying to figure out what all of today’s currents and countercurrents mean. For the most part refreshingly nonpartisan, Fleischer’s book manages to communicate the basics of the American political system while keeping the civics lessons interesting through abundant use of anecdotes and examples.

“Goody Good” appears in new issue of Shenandoah

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

The new issue of Shenandoah, Washington and Lee University’s literary review (volume 65, issue 2), includes my short story “Goody Good.”

Alfie Dog republishes “A Bedtime Story”

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

My short story “A Bedtime Story,” originally published in Pioneertown, is now available in the UK via Alfie Dog, for a small free. Check it out.

Kirkus gives “Votes of Confidence” a starred review

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

The first review of “Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections” is in, from Kirkus, and it’s the coveted starred review.

An excerpt:

Fortunately, self-described political nerd Fleischer is here to clarify things. In a particularly winning voice, abetted by numerous intriguing anecdotes and trivia, Fleischer commences at the beginning, with an origin story (Revolution, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Bill of Rights), before moving on to mechanics. He issues an implicit challenge with his introduction—“If there’s one thing we know for sure about American government, it’s that a lot of Americans don’t know much about it”—and then goes on to make sure readers buck that trend.

“Alchemy” appears in Crack the Spine

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

I have a very short (100 word) story, “Alchemy” in issue 185 of Crack the Spine, out today. The author bio is here. They’ll also interview some authors based on feedback, so please feel free to leave some.

Zoetic Press places “Arabian Nights” issue online

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Last summer, my short story “There’s the Rub” appeared in Issue #6: Arabian Nights from Zoetic Press Nonbinary Review. The full back issues are now available online.

“The Invaders” reprinted in Stepping Stones Magazine

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

I wrote a flash-fiction story called “The Invaders” that appeared in Chicago Literati late last year. Today it was republished in Stepping Stones magazine, and was named the post of the week over there.

Children’s author breakfast

Friday, February 19th, 2016

For the second year in a row, I’ll be attending the excellent Children’s Literature Breakfast hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop. Since Votes of Confidence went to the printer last week, it isn’t in print form yet, but they will have copies of Rockin’ the Boat for me to sign. So stop by and say hi.

“Votes of Confidence” preorders live

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

My new book “Votes of Confidence” comes out on May 3, in both a paperback and library binding edition. The book can be preordered here. I also added a specific “Votes of Confidence” page on this site for reviews, interviews etc.

“The Machine” appears in Chicago Literati

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Chicago Literati featured one of my stories as the first entry in its Daily Flash series, and now selected “The Machine” as the first entry in its science-fiction issue, “Andromeda.”

“Step Right Up” in Panoply

Friday, January 8th, 2016

One of my flash-fiction stories, “Step Right Up,” appears in the winter/spring 2016 issue of Panoply magazine. Check it out here.

Foreword names “Rockin’ the Boat” a year-end favorite

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

This is cool. For its year-end Reviewers Choice for 2015, Foreword Reviews listed “Rockin’ the Boat” among its favorite books of 2015. Check out the full list here.

Crow River Media gift guide suggests the book

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

A few publications have listed Rockin’ the Boat as a perfect holiday gift, and that now includes Crow River Media, which named it one of its top children’s titles for holiday shopping.

“The Invaders” in Chicago Literati

Friday, December 18th, 2015

A very, very short fiction piece I wrote this summer, “The Invaders,” appears today in Chicago Literati. Check it out.

Short Fiction in Panoply

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

A (very) short fiction story I wrote, “Step Right Up,” will appear in the next issue of Panoply Literary Magazine. In the description of the issue, mine’s the “scene from a carny.”

Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Zest Books, the publisher of Rockin’ the Boat, included the book in its Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out.

“Rockin’ the Boat” makes holiday gift list

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

“Rockin’ the Boat” is among the books Q Salt Lake magazine included on its holiday book list.

An excerpt:

Surely, there’s a teen on your list who dreams of someday shaking up the world – and for him (or her?), there’s no better gift than “Rockin’ the Boat” by Jeff Fleischer. It’s an anthology of mini-biographies of fifty people throughout history who made the world a different place.

“There’s the Rub” appears in Nonbinary Review

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

My short story There’s the Rub appears in the current issue of Zoetic Press Nonbinary Review. The full issue, with the theme of Arabian Nights, is available on iTunes as a free download.

“A Bedtime Story” appears in Pioneertown

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

My short-fiction piece A Bedtime Story appears in the new issue of Pioneertown, an excellent free online lit magazine. Check it out.

A few other book mentions worth noting

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Been so busy writing the new book and getting caught up on freelance work and doing my day job, but wanted to share a few more mentions of Rockin’ the Boat:

Book Loons with a short review

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Just saw this one, but Rockin’ the Boat was reviewed at Book Loons. Check it out here.

An excerpt:
It offers an excellent starting point to learn more about some famous historical figures. The book would be an excellent resource for home schooling households and school/classroom libraries.

San Francisco Book Review with a review

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Another review of the book, this one from San Francisco Book Review.

An excerpt:
John Brown and Mao Zedong are given the same fair shake as Nelson Mandela and Harriet Tubman. Rockin’ the Boat is unlikely to spark any revolutions, but it is an excellent resource for rebellion-minded history buffs.

New book review in Salinas Californian

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Got a nice review today in The Californian in Salinas. An excerpt:

It offers an excellent starting point to learn about some famous historical figures and then decide if a more detailed investigation is merited. Home schooling families will find this an excellent resource as will any educator teaching history.

Short Story in Indiana Voice Journal

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

A short-fiction story I wrote, “Dove,” is published in the August 2015 edition of Indiana Voice Journal. The issue is themed, focusing on fiction and poetry about nature and the environment.

Kindle and Nook Editions Now Available

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

For the first time, one of my books is now available as a Kindle edition and Nook edition. “Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries” is, of course, still available in paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, and many other retailers.

Booklist review

Monday, June 29th, 2015

It’s subscriber-only, but Booklist has a great review of the book in its June 2015 issue.

An excerpt:

Readers expecting all the revolutionaries to be virtuous do-gooders will be in for a surprise. Whether they read cover to cover or dip in, they will find many treats to further explore.

Medill Magazine includes the book on alumni bookshelf

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Always nice to get a mention from either alma mater. The Spring 2015 issue of the Medill Magazine lists “Rockin’ the Boat” as the first item in this issue’s alumni bookshelf. You can view or download a PDF copy at this link. (It’s on p. 34, but there’s lots of other stuff in the magazine that’s worth reading.)

Six Minutes with an Author

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Today, I joined LitPick for its interview series Six Minutes with an Author. LitPick recently gave Rockin’ the Boat a five-star review, and featured the book on the site.

New story in Steam Ticket

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Just thought I’d note that a short-fiction story I wrote, “Spare Change,” is published in the 2015 edition of Steam Ticket, a Third Coast Review.

Foreword reviews the book

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Got a new review at Foreword Reviews, in print and online.

An excerpt:

The strong point of this book is Fleischer’s understanding of his audience; his grasp of history is impressive as well. Teens are tired of textbooks that shelter them from the realities of the world, so he provides controversy and faces brutality, disenfranchisement, and disillusionment head on, giving the facts behind what teens already suspect: history and social change are complicated.

Review from Lit Pick

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Lit Pick highlighted the book a few weeks back, and now posted a review of the book.

An excerpt:
After reading Rockin’ the Boat, scholars young and old will want to check out a few more books about the intriguing characters. I know that I want to find out more about New Zealand feminist Kate Sheppard and Catholic zealot Guy Fawkes. I’d recommend this book to people who enjoy learning about amazingly insane, kind, or brave men and women who did not fear change.

New book is a go

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

I shared this on Twitter and elsewhere, but wanted to announce that the next book is a go. I can’t give away too many details yet, but it’s with Zest, the same publisher as Rockin’ the Boat, and is aimed at first-time voters. It’s scheduled to come out in spring 2016.

Help get Rockin’ the Boat into libraries

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

More than 100 libraries now have Rockin’ the Boat in stock. Here’s the ever-growing list. If your library isn’t on it, please ask that they order it. Same thing with schools. It takes a few seconds, and would be a huge help. And if you haven’t ordered one yet and want to, here’s the link.

It’s cool seeing the Chicago Public Library stock it, plus my ex-hometowns in Bloomington and San Francisco.

If you’re one of the people who requested it already, thank you very much. If you’re willing to help with more libraries, thanks as well.

Lit Pick highlights the book

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Not sure what day it went up, but Rockin’ the Boat was featured as a hot pick over at Lit Pick. Check it out.

Book spotlighted at Actin’ Up With Books

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Today, the book is also spotlighted at Actin’ Up With Books, which also has a copy of the book to give away.

Review at Green Bean Teen Queen

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

New Rockin’ the Boat review is up at Green Bean Teen Queen. There’s a giveaway too, for a free copy.

An excerpt of the review:
I’m a sucker for books that give interesting tidbits and facts about cool people and events in history. I’m not sure why. Maybe it makes history a bit more engaging? Maybe I can handle the small snippets? I’m not sure. But even if you have readers who may snub their nose at a history book, they should still give Rockin’ the Boat a chance.

Review by Words to Dream On

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Today, Rockin’ the Boat was reviewed at Words to Dream On.

An excerpt:

You may wonder just how much info you can get in a book about 50 different icons in history and I’m here to tell you it’s a lot more than you would think. The author expertly touches on various aspects of each person, including trivia bits that can be used in conversation with others who have the same interests.

This is a book that can be shared throughout a family or a group of friends. A helpful reference when either researching one of those listed in the book or to use as a starting point in finding someone to do further research on. For any history teachers out there, this would be a great supplement to your classroom library. For students, nothing like being able to add something interesting facts during class discussions.

Any person who has an interest in iconic figures in history would find this book right up their alley.

Eli Squared reviews “Rockin’ the Boat”

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Eli Squared reviewed Rockin’ the Boat today, and also has a giveaway contest. This review focused on the women in the book. An excerpt:

What I really liked about the book was the diversity that Fleischer presented, making sure to incorporate people of color, women, and different socioeconomic statuses. But as March is Women’s History Month, I thought I would highlight the women included in this list of 50 revolutionaries.

As a library fan myself…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

I dig getting to see a photo of my book on a library shelf: check it out.

Interview with In Bed With Books

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Along with their review (posted earlier), In Bed With Books also did an interview with me about Rockin’ the Boat.

And another new review

Monday, March 16th, 2015

There’s another new “Rockin’ the Boat” review up, over at In Bed With Books. They have a free copy giveaway as well – enter at the site.

Biblio File reviews “Rockin’ the Boat”

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Jen Rothschild at Biblio File just posted her review of Rockin’ the Boat.

An excerpt:

I recommend reading it in order, as many of the revolutions build on each other, or reference each other, so the context from a previous chapter is often useful, which is why the chronological order works so well here. Everything’s only 3-5 pages, but it covers enough so people know what went down and why. IT’s also short enough you think “oh, I can read just one more” and then you end up finishing the book in one session. (NOT THAT DID THAT. *whistles while looking innocent*) This is a great one for a wide range of readers and I really really really wish it had been around in 2012 when the National History Day theme was “Revolution, Reaction, and Reform”. So many teens didn’t know where to even start picking one– I would have loved to be able to have them leaf through this book for inspiration!

Write All the Words interview

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

A new interview with me about Rockin’ the Boat by E. Kristina Anderson just went up on Write All the Words. She gives all authors seven of the same questions, then one unique to that book.

An excerpt:
EKA: If you haven’t had a book challenged or banned, would you want this to happen to you? Why or why not?

JF: I’d never want a book banned, but that doesn’t just apply to my own. Those annual lists of the most-challenged books usually include some of the best literary works in history, which says more about the people trying to ban them than the books themselves.

Kirkus reviews the book

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Kirkus Reviews posted its review of Rockin’ the Boat.

It describes the book as A gallery of historical troublemakers starting with Hannibal and ending with Martin Luther King, Jr….Salutary portraits in radicalism

“Rockin’ the Boat” reviewed by Book Nerds Across America

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Check out the first blog tour review of the book, by Book Nerds Across America, part of the ongoing Rockin’ Blog Tour. Flo, the reviewer, says she came away with some good trivia, got to focus on the sections that most interested her, and felt the sidebars “did a good job at expanding on the history and background of common and well-known things relating to the revolutionaries.”

Blog Tour Launches mid-February

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Throughout February and March (but mostly March), Zest Books has me on a blog tour. This is a new thing for me; I’m used to being the one doing the interviewing. Also, if you’re a blogger and want to participate (and want a free book in the process), sign up here.

Zest Books interview with Jeff

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Zest Books, the publisher of my new book “Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries,” did an interview with me. It was a good chance to explain a little about the idea and the writing process, and to name check some of the people who I had to cut to get the list down to fifty.

Great Review by Publishers Weekly

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Publishers Weekly is the first publication to review Jeff’s new book “Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries.” Here’s some of what it had to say:

From ancient civilizations to the 20th century, 50 movers and shakers get their due in this informative and sometimes tongue-in-cheek guide, which examines Cleopatra, Judah Maccabee, Nat Turner, Michael Collins, and Che Guevara, among others. Fleischer capably places the individuals in their history milieu, zeroing in on the circumstances behind their notoriety, as well as the ways their influence has endured, while sidebars provide additional context and modern parallels…