Adding a Heartbeat to History - Flash History Press Empowers the Reader's Life Today

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A novel biography of Eleanor Roosevelt published by Flash History Press takes the power of Eleanor's journey to the reader. Ann Atkins, the author of Eleanor Roosevelt's Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery says, "After all, it's not about Eleanor's life. She's history. It's about us."

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Endless data is available fast. That isn’t newsworthy. It’s simply more data. What catches our attention, glues our eyes to the screen, and our tweet starts with OMG! is seeing the human spirit use this information to create. It’s when the Facebook posts in Egypt equal the midnight ride of Paul Revere. It’s when $10 text messages raise 5 million dollars for Haiti. Or a visit to the market is made memorable because a flash mob starts singing Handel’s Messiah. This twist of ingenuity is seen in the biography, Eleanor Roosevelt's Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery.

Consumers are looking to technology and information to be smaller, faster, and multi functional, not for the sake of finding more facts but to transform their own life and affect their world. Flash History Press fulfills that consumer demand. Ann Atkins is writing biographies smaller, faster and to be used as fuel to inspire the reader’s life.

History that is condensed and relevant is now available in the biography series “Flash History” by Ann Atkins. While distilling the details from thousands of pages down to 176, Atkins’ first book, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery, pulls a multi-tasking duty as she shifts the perspective from Eleanor to the reader’s life.

Acknowledging this double duty, reviewer/author, Bob Cherney (LL Book Review), credits Atkins when he writes, “One of the most difficult tasks for a biographer is to put the subject in their historical context and then draw the results of the subject’s actions into the present day. This is the book’s greatest strength.”

Using this book to inspire her students and emphasize the ongoing relevance of history, literature, and mythology, Dr. Riley Auge' (U of Montana) asserts, “A book like Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery invites dialogue between and amongst readers that takes them beyond just the story of Eleanor Roosevelt. I have yet to find any other biography or historical work with such an authentically human purpose.”

History, having a ‘human purpose,’ is Atkins’ North Star. As a college instructor, community director, counselor, mother and wife – Ann uses the stories and struggles of historical figures to give guidance and inner strength to classes, clients, kids and herself. Atkins' passion to bring history home is now the inspiration in Flash History biographies and the story of Eleanor Roosevelt is a perfect start.

Atkins reminds her readers, “The audacity of Eleanor Roosevelt to live out her own destiny challenges us to do the same. After all, it’s not about Eleanor. Her story is history. It’s about us.” Can it be Atkins is writing what the consumer is wanting?

Find out more about Ann Atkins, Flash History, her blog of Quotes Across Time and order her book Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery, at


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