Photo by Martin Bentsen

Photo by Martin Bentsen

Molly Guptill Manning

Molly Guptill Manning grew up in Latham, New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta from the University at Albany and went on to earn a master’s degree in American History. In 2002, she moved to Manhattan to attend the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Presently, she is a visiting associate professor of law at New York Law School.

In 2012 her first book was published, The Myth of Ephraim Tutt: Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax, which tells the true story of how Arthur Train, a popular twentieth-century author, masterminded a hoax that fooled a generation of Americans into believing his most famous character, Ephraim Tutt, was a living person. In the same year, she began writing for the Federal Bar Council Quarterly and has since joined that publication’s Board of Editors. She has also published articles in law journals exploring various legal history topics.

In 2014, When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II made its debut. Telling the true tale of how America’s librarians and publishers educated the nation about the importance of books in wartime and distributed over 140 million books to American servicemen during World War II, it commemorates one of the most inspired and long forgotten chapters in American publishing history.  The book is a New York Times best seller. Molly lives in Manhattan with her husband.

WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR is a thoroughly engaging, enlightening, and often uplifting account of America’s counterattack against Nazi Germany’s wholesale burning of books. During World War II, the U.S. government, along with librarians and publishers, dispatched millions of books to American GIs, sailors, and flyers, using the written word itself as a powerful reply to tyranny, thought control, absolutism, and perverse ideology. I was enthralled and moved.
— Tim O'Brien, author of THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
Delightful…Engrossing…Manning’s entertaining account will have readers nostalgic for that seemingly distant era when books were high priority.
— Publishers Weekly