John V. Amodeo is no stranger to the New York City literary scene, with a handful of published books already under his belt, but until now, John has never dabbled with writing a novel. His historical accuracy and impressive use of literary technique has made his past books a coffee table staple. Trestle ...
John V. Amodeo is no stranger to the New York City literary scene, with a handful
of published books already under his belt, but until now, John has never dabbled with writing a novel.
His historical accuracy and impressive use of literary technique has made his past books a coffee table
staple. Trestle Press, publisher of “The Captain's Coin” describes the novel:
Michael Brady epitomized the American dream. Coming to this country with
nothing, he became a national hero at the Battle of Antietam by holding the Union
forces and surviving because of a gift given to him by a grateful captain. A simple
gesture by the captain saved the young man and gave the country a much-needed
hero. The coin took on a life of its own. The coin given to a young immigrant became
a part of the national folklore at a time when the country was in need of a rallying
At the time of his death in 1916, at age 81, Michael’s widow, Kit decided that the
famous coin should be given to the city upon her death. “It wasn’t right to inter the
coin with Michael. It belongs to the country.”
In the midst of an ongoing war that would soon see the US enter, the coin once again
became a rallying cry for the US. Joining silent-screen stars, Mary Pickford and
Douglas Fairbanks in 1917, after the US entered the war, Kit Brady displayed the
famous, well-worn coin. It again became a symbol for the US. Upon her death in
1928, the family, as directed by Kit, gave the coin to the city to be displayed at the
NYC Public Library on 5th Avenue. There it remains.
Born in Troy, New York, John V. Amodeo now lives in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. For three
decades, Amodeo worked for the NYC public school system as assistant principal and history
department head; now retired from that post, he is an adjunct professor of American history and
political science at Mercy College. Amodeo exercises his love for NYC as a part-time tour guide. His
previous books include: 'Voices of Hell's Kitchen,' a fictional account of the myriad personalities of his
unique neighborhood. In addition, he wrote, 'Believe--Journey from Jacksonville,' a biography of
former world boxing champion, Ken Norton and 'Blessed or Cursed,' a biography of WBF current light
heavy champion, Rayco Saunders. Currently, he is working on his next project, a biography of Paul
Vaden, former world light middleweight champion in upcoming 'Answer the Bell.'