‘Farragut and Family’ Portrays Fascinating Succession of Heroes

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Robert L. Caleo’s new book depicts life of Civil War icon.

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In his new biography, “Farragut and Family” (published by Xlibris), author Robert L. Caleo tracks the influences in the fiction-like life of America’s first four-star admiral. The twists and turns in David Glasgow Farragut’s path from a boy midshipman to an elder Civil War hero are worthy of a novel.

The main characters -- those who influenced him most -- were heroes themselves in their day: In the American Revolution, it was George, his Spanish immigrant father; in the War of 1812, David Porter, both his foster father and commander; and in the Civil War, David Dixon Porter, his adopted brother and naval partner. This book tells how Farragut’s hero-relatives impacted him at successive stages in his growth and career.

A kind of family album in text and illustration, “Farragut and Family” begins with details of Farragut’s Spanish and Irish ancestry. It concludes with a profile of his son, Loyall, his chosen biographer, who, along with the admiral’s wife, Virginia, became guardians of his legacy when he passed.

“Farragut and Family”
By Robert L. Caleo
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781503510890
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781503510906
E-Book | 152 pages | ISBN 9781503510883
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Robert L. Caleo is a retired communications practitioner. His 35-year business career included experiences as a technical writer, magazine editor and public relations manager. Since his retirement from Bell Laboratories in 1989, he has remained active in two of his long-time avocations—writing on historical subjects and teaching at the college level.

Caleo’s history articles have appeared in such publications as Golf, MacLean’s (Canada), Naval Aviation News, and Rutgers Magazine. This book is a culmination of both his writing and teaching pursuits. He has had three Farragut profiles—on the admiral, his father and his son—published in periodicals, and he has conducted courses on family history and memoir writing at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey. Caleo holds degrees from Rutgers University and New York University.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.
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