Alan Axelrod, Ph.D., has had a distinguished career in and out of publishing. He received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He was a senior editor at Abbeville Press and vice president of Zenda, Inc., a consulting firm to museums and cultural institutions. He was chief acquisitions editor for Turner Publishing, Inc. He has been a creative consultant for (and on-camera personality in) The Wild West television documentary series (Warner Bros., 1993) and Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and he served as historical consultant for The Discovery Channel.