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Dr. Simon Perry's book now available

Jun. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The latest book by Dr. Simon D. Perry, professor emeritus of Political Science at Marshall University, is now available through the John Deaver Drinko Academy, located on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson: By Their Deeds You Shall Know Them" is a candid and frank revisionist interpretation of the lives of these two giants of American history, according to Dr. Alan Gould, director of the Drinko Academy.

"He looks at various aspects of the lives, particularly public, but some private, of these two individuals, and finds them wanting," Gould said. "It's a very interesting book and people who read it who have the 'normal view' of these men will find it edifying and sometimes shocking. When people read it they will find a very different view. Dr. Perry isn't the only writer who has revisionist views of these two men, but his book is done with masterful details, thoroughly researched. He takes a number of issues and goes through them very carefully and then lets you make your own conclusions, whether you agree with him or not. It's good food for thought."

Perry's role as a faculty member at Marshall from 1962 through 2010 made his 47-year tenure as a faculty member the longest in the history of the institution. He received numerous prestigious awards during his career, including Marshall's Distinguished Faculty Award. Two separate governors presented him with the Distinguished West Virginian Award. In a poll recently conducted by MU's Office of Alumni Affairs, Perry was named the Outstanding Teacher at Marshall University.

The Dr. Simon D. Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy was created by the College of Liberal Arts to honor him along with John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, for whom the university is named. The purpose of the center is to promote the study of government, the constitution and the work of John Marshall and the Supreme Court. It is an interdisciplinary academic program that promotes the teaching and original research regarding the formation and evolution of the U.S. Constitution and examines its importance in contemporary legal, political and civil and cultural matters.

"Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson: By Their Deeds You Shall Know Them" can be purchased for $24.95 plus $6 for shipping and handling through The Drinko Academy, Marshall University, One John Marshall Dr., 211 Old Main, Huntington, WV 25755.

For more information, contact the Drinko Academy at 304-696-3183 or visit www.marshall.edu/drinko. Perry will autograph copies if desired. Proceeds from the book will support the Dr. Simon D. Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy.