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The Autobiography of Santa Claus [Paperback]

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Pages   289
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 19, 2006
Publisher   Tarcher
Age  18
ISBN  158542448X  
EAN  9781585424481  
UPC  619580012954  

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A journalist recounts his personal interview with Santa Claus at the North Pole after St. Nick himself refuted points in a Christmas paper the author was writing, during which his subject shared the actual story of his life, in a tale written to be read during the weeks before Christmas and based on legendary beliefs as well as historical information. Reissue.

Publishers Description

It all started when Jeff Guinn was assigned to write a piece full of little-known facts about Christmas for his paper, "The Fort Worth Star-Telegram." A few months later, he received a call from a gentleman who told him that he showed the story to an important friend who didn't think much of it. And who might that be? asked Jeff. The next thing he knew, he was whisked off to the North Pole to meet with this "very important friend," and the rest is, well, as they say, history.
An enchanting holiday treasure, "The Autobiography of Santa Claus" combines solid historical fact with legend to deliver the "definitive" story of Santa Claus. And who better to lead us through seventeen centuries of Christmas magic than good ol' Saint Nick himself? Families will delight in each chapter of this new Christmas classic--one per each cold December night leading up to Christmas

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeff Guinn is books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is the author of eight books, including The Sixteenth Minute: Life in the Aftermath of Fame and Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro, which received the Texas Book Award.

Jeff Guinn is also the author of the bestselling Christmas Chronicles series, which includes The Autobiography of Santa Claus, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, and The Great Santa Search. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeff Guinn currently resides in Ft. Worth, in the state of Texas.

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Perfect Christmas Gift  Dec 13, 2008
I bought this book for my 20 year old niece who loves to read. I chose it so she can keep believing! Perfect for someone to add to their book collection.The Autobiography of Santa Claus
Recommended to anyone of any age!  Dec 12, 2008
My husband bought me this book due to my love of all things Christmas. I read it on a coast to coast flight a few years ago. It was an easy read, but so worth it. It is historically accurate and a great book for anyone who doubts the existence of Santa Claus.

I have just recommended this book to my 11 year old brother and know he will love it.
I loved it!  Sep 6, 2008
For all those who've ever wondered how a 3rd century Turkish bishop named Nicholas evolved into a fat, jolly man in red who lives at the North Pole and drives a reindeer-drawn flying sleigh -- this is the book for you.

A very interesting and entertaining story full of famous historical characters and Christmas cheer.

A little dry for children, a little simple for adults, but sure to be a hit with those who love Christmas and Santa.
Pretentiously un-Christmas-like  Dec 28, 2007
I was intrigued by the title when I saw this in Borders last yeear, and pondered for a while whether or not to purchase it. After some consideration, and the thought that this could be a really good read, I spent my money on it, and in short order became quite disappointed.

The book seems more like a roll call of mysterious historical figures mashed together haphazardly with Santa from Atilla the Hun (who swears off a lifetime of warfare to make kiddy toys) to King Arthur, Leonardo daVinci St Francis, and a few others...

Over the course of the novel, Santa became quite whiny about his mission and how it would succeed and the public's portrayal of him. The author also had Santa swear off giving gifts to children in war-torn countries becase war weakened their powers.

This is my largest annoyance with this book. Why would a self-less man refuse to give gifts to those who need them most? According to this book, Santa only gave gifts to children who lived in peaceful countries, because it was easy for him. But those children who needed gifts the most, who suffered the most, were left with nothing. Absolutely absurd. That is tantamount to refusing medical treatment to those with cancer and severed limbs so that those who need bandaids and advil can be helped.

As the book progressed I felt less and less like I was reading a story about Santa Claus, and more and more like I was reading a cheap history book...

There was no charm, no mystique, none of that Christmas magic. Just a whiny old man and a bunch of historical figures who refused to help those in greatest need.

And am I to believe that it was Atilla the Hun who delivered gifts to me as a child? Or King Arthur? Or Amelia Earhart? I cringe at the absurd pretentiousness of Guinn's pen.

Do not waste your money. Go rent or buy "Santa Claus: The Movie" with John Lithgow in a supporting role, and see a proper origin of the right jolly old elf.
Merry Christmas..Read this and keep the spirit alive  Dec 19, 2007
I thought this was an ingenious idea. The story of Santa and the history of Saint Nicholas. But in addition, the author started about 300 years after the birth of Christ to the present and used history and historical people to help tell the story of Santa Claus and how he came to be. I actually learned things reading this book. Not just about Santa Claus, but about history too. Guinn uses a "mix of scholarship, fantasy, folklore and faith to answer all the questions one would have about Santa Claus. I am going to keep this book and read it again. And then save it for my children when they are old enough to read it. Everyone needs to be reminded of Santa Claus and the wonderful art of giving in a world of war and turmoil.

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