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'History Channel Magazine' Highlights Ron Horne's 'Forgotten Faces - A Window Into Our Immigrant Past' as First Book on its Historically Important Subject

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2006-11-26 22:48:25     
James Dyson

Consistent with its continued national recognition, Ron Horne's pioneering book containing never-before-published photographs of American 20th century immigrants, received two-page coverage in the November/December issue of "The History Channel Magazine".

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"Forgotten Faces" was selected in 2005 by the Publishers Marketing Association to share the March 7th cover of "Publishers Weekly," the 131-year-old magazine, considered the principal voice of the $23 billion book publishing industry is regularly read by every major book and magazine publisher worldwide. PW influences all media dealing with the acquisition, sale, distribution and rights of intellectual and cultural properties. Its weekly reviews of forthcoming books are a must-read for the entire industry reaching more than 27,000 paid subscribers in bookstores, libraries and publishing, as well as media and literary agents, and movie and studio executives--more than any other publication--delivering a total audience of nearly 100,000. Selected to share the cover of PW is widely regarded in the publishing industry as a distinct honor and major accomplishment for a previously unpublished author.

Continuing its recognition as the leading reference on memorial portraiture "Forgotten Faces" was cited in the April 4th edition of "U.S. News & World Report" venerating the highly acclaimed exhibit "Faces of the Fallen" which movingly displayed the portraits of U.S. service men and women who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Quoting the author of "Forgotten Faces," Ron Horne, the article described the poignant characteristics of memorial portraiture that "foster a unique human exchange" and allow "the observer to connect in a very genuine way" to the person in the portrait.

"U.S. News & World Report" provides in-depth news coverage rich in editorial content, graphics and photos to 11.7 million readers weekly and celebrated its 73rd anniversary in 2003. The weekly national newsmagazine is devoted to investigative journalism and to reporting and analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends. "U.S. News" has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers."U.S. News" was recently named the most credible newsweekly by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The "Faces of the Fallen" article can be accessed online at the link.
In March 2005, "Forgotten Faces - A Window Into Our Immigrant Past" was favorably reviewed by About.com Art-History Guide Shelley Esaak who stated "The first reference of its kind, "Forgotten Faces" is recommended reading …for those who take an interest in threatened and/or vanishing art mediums and Americans with immigrant roots. The latter group includes most of us who claim United States citizenship. Happily, this book is but the first volume of a planned series." She added "To describe the portraits as "haunting" would be taking the easy adjective out. The markers that depict young children - and there are many of these - are especially forcible visions. Horne does an admirable job of explaining how, exactly, the technology can produce an object capable of withstanding the elements for many decades."

According to Nielsen NetRatings, About.com is a top 15 web property used as an educational reference site by one out of every five people on the Internet. The complete review can be accessed online.
"Forgotten Faces" is a completely original photo-history of American immigrants coming to this country from 28 different nations in the early 20th century. Emphasizing memorial portraits on tombstones as objects of fine art and national heirlooms overlooked by historians and artists alike, the book presents the first complete collection of the art form ever published and provides a unique visual panorama of American immigration in the first decades of the 1900's.

Other reviews of the book include Gary Collison, Editor of "Markers, Journal for the Association of Gravestone Studies" in a review for "Art and Antique Magazine's" December, 2004 issue, wrote: "The collection in Forgotten Faces is beautifully photographed. It is a stunning gallery, filled with haunting echoes of the past. …an eloquent testimony about American life and an important addition to the study of both cemeteries and immigrant life in the U.S - an Ellis Island experience."

Jim Kerr, News Director and Host of "On the Town" for ABC/KNCO news radio interviewed the author and described (8/2/04) "Forgotten Faces" on air as "a fascinating book, beautifully presented."

"Writer's Digest" (5/20/05), the premier writer's guide to getting published, wrote "This is a unique and intriguing history of immigrant America. Featuring beautiful photographs throughout, it is very well-researched and a valuable contribution to the literature."

Author Lisa Montanarelli contributes three key chapters of "Forgotten Faces" and the book was edited by Geoff Link, editor of over 50 other books.

"Forgotten Faces" is available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Wal-Mart.com, many other on-line sources, your local library and the leading international book distributor Baker &Taylor.

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