The Autobiography of Santa Claus

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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.

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Overview

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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For seven centuries, Mr. Claus toiled in his toy workshop, never succumbing to unceasing publisher requests for a potboiler celebrity autobiography. Steadfastly refusing offers from ghostwriters and co-opted Santa's helpers, he pressed on with his selfless holiday mission. Eventually, though, silver-haired Saint Nick realized that his story of ceaseless generosity might itself be a good deed, an inspiration to others. The Autobiography of Santa Claus confirms our best thoughts about a well-traveled fellow who continues to resist low-carb diets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585424481
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/19/2006
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 711,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Guinn

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    Oh The Magic of the Season...

    I have to say that this book brings back the magic of the season. It was very well written and definately a page turner. I was suppose to read it in 24 nights but cheated and did it in 5. I will read this every year just before the season gets going. 5 stars plus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    This should be read by every highschooler

    This is the perfect book. I have the original version and I read it every year. I told one of the English teachers that the students of the high school should read it, research and write a paper. I'm so glad my mother gave me this book with the inscription 'Always Believe'. I'm nearing 50 and never gave up hope, this confirmed it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    I knew it all along ! He DOES exist!

    What a joyful read. No question was left unanswered in the Santa Claus saga. We finally have the whole, true story. I received the book for Christmas. It is now circulating amongst friends and relatives and I am buying three additional copies to give as gifts. This book is a MUST for every person whoever believed in Santa Claus ever.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2004

    Answers for everyone

    It's a fantastic book that answers all of those nagging questions of how and why for both you and your kids. A definite read for all ages, although the very young won¿t necessarily understand the historical references. I couldn¿t just read it one chapter per day - once I started, I had to finish it as quickly as I could. Read it as soon as you get it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Great Book

    A friend recommended this book to me and I love it! I would recommend it to all of my friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2008

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    This book, this very book has to be the VERY best book ever! Once you read this book you will believe for ever!!! You just got to read it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2005

    Truly shows the spirit of Christmas!!

    This book is a fun but also intelligent read. The author used historical characters to spice up the story and the story's magical feel. This book used characters like 'King' Arther for fun. Don't expect to take this read too serously, but also don't be suprised if you find yourself questioning the jolly fat man's existance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    My children believe again!

    I love the book, but I really enjoyed sharing the experience with my children who had started to ask questions about the validity of Santa Claus....they now believe again and this book will be a tradition in our family for years to come!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Best Christmas Book ever... almost

    it is a very close second to Dr. Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas... it's facts and explanations are quite remarkable and (mostly) reasonable explanations for things i however cannot give it 5 stars because of the whole Atilla the hun part.... other than that though it is a great book, well written. Kudos for Jeff Guinn

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    Delightful but a Little Too Unrealistic

    I found the book interesting and being a history lover, the historical accounts were the most interesting to me especially the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity throughout the eastern hempisphere. I did find the chapter about Atilla the Hun too unbelievable to read with any seriousness. Anyone that has studied world history knows what a terrible barbarian & warrior Attila was and the destruction he caused. He was also a canibal and their were rumors that he ate two of his sons. He also had many wives (Dorothea was never one) and died on his wedding night of a nosebleed from excessive drinking at his wedding feast. Come on! The book turned him into a saint in a couple of pages! And meeting St. Patrick of Ireland all in the same chapter. The rest of it was delightful and a great children's read. I enjoyed reading it for the holidays. and it certainly depicted Santa Claus as we would all like to think he really was!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Really good for book club

    I read this book for my book club's December meeting. I found the book to be well written. It was hard to get into but I enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of the book. I just wish that so much wasn't squished into the last 4-5 chapters...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Pretty good

    Kinda boring in some parts but really good for getting into the christmas spirit:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    AMAZING!!!!!

    I am 11 years old and am currently in sixth grade but I understand everpy single word in this book and i love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    A Perfect Holiday Read

    This light, easy book is a perfect tradition for the holidays. While recreating the life story of Santa Claus from his childhood to present day, Guinn offers what could be a very believable true story. It mostly mixes real historical facts mixed in with the tale of Santa Claus. What is unique and a real treat is to discover who Santa's helpers really are. With 24 chapters total, it's perfect to start on Dec. 1 and read a chapter a day until Christmas Eve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2008

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    This has to be the best book ever!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    So cute and enjoyable!

    Such a wonderful book, I just started reading it, and can not put it down! :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    What a delightful book!

    What a delightful book! An easy read with many history lessons included, and explanations for traditions both real and fictional. Great book for families and a treat to read. Some of the little chapter illustrations were both funny and cute.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    the new holiday classic!

    What a wonderful story full of history and life lessons about perseverance. I read it cover to cover and loved it!! Highly recommended, especially for the cynical.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    The True Story of Santa Claus as told by the Big Guy himself!

    This book in my opinion is absolutely wonderful. You can tell that Mr. Guinn did his research. It starts with him as St. Nicholas from Myra in Turkey. Then it works it way through centuries, and reveals how he slowly turned from the much revered St. Nicholas into the world wide known figure of St. Nicholas. He also reveals all the legends about flying with reindeer and a sleigh, going up and down chimneys etc. It tells about how all of this came about. It tells this, while the same time it keeps going back and pointing out that the true meaning of Christmas, is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If you love Christmas and things about Santa Claus, you will not want to put this book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 25, 2014

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