New Book Reveals the True Beginnings of Atlanta

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Self-published author walks readers though Atlanta’s history.

The live tapes and notes from old people, documented historical data, and my personal knowledge and research formed the basis of this book

In 1846, Atlanta was in the charter; and in 1847, it was recognized by the state legislator. Retired Officer George A. Logan tells the true story behind the beginning of Atlanta as he brings forth a historical documentary, The First Eight. Made available through Xlibris, this book holds candid and reliable information told from the five of the original eight colored policemen of Georgia’s capital.

The First Eight contains some of the most hellacious, cold-blooded yet heartwarming, and humanistic facts about Atlanta ever to be revealed. It talks of the infamous “Zero Mile Post” that was hammered into the ground less than fifty yards from Old Decatur Stage Road, now known as Decatur Street, which marked the beginning of Atlanta. It also tells of love, sex, political corruption, and racial unrest that have played a significant part of this place’s history.

“The live tapes and notes from old people, documented historical data, and my personal knowledge and research formed the basis of this book,” the author states. “They talked with me very candidly about the years from 1843 until the present.”

Unlike most books that start with a pen, pencil, or typewriter, The First Eight starts with rocks, guts, disillusions, humanity, and most of all, reality. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
George A. Logan joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1957, nine years after the first eight police officers (then called colored) were hired. After putting his life on the line for forty years, Officer Logan retired in 1996. Chief Detective Logan was one of the officers that was chosen to guard Dr. Martin Luther King, because he was fast and accurate with a gun and trained well to use it so that he could save his life and the life of his advisories by hitting them in a spot that would less likely to kill them but render them harmless. Logan had passion. He was born and lives in the same house, the only house General Sherman left standing at the Battle of Ezra Church. Logan started out at an early age working for his father as a painter. His father taught him well—to be clean, neat, and accurate.

The First Eight * by George A. Logan
Publication Date: November 11, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 540 pages; 978-1-4535-4984-1
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 540 pages; 978-1-4535-4985-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-4986-5

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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