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I am an author as well, and that is significant only because I met Louis Hatchett at a book fair. It is the only reason I became aware of this book. I knew nothing about Duncan Hines, and as author Hatchett writes, like many Americans would not have been surprised to learn he was not a real person, or the name was a combination of two last names (Duncan, Hines.) That in and of itself, of course, would not make a book...what makes this book is how Duncan Hines came to be a household name. He was a publisher first, of a guide to great restaurants throughout the country. This started as a mere hobby, and grew to where he sold millions of books. The road from his life as a salesman to a best selling publisher, to the "father" of the Duncan Hines food line is fascinating, unlikely, surprising...and amazing in that the journey didn't even start until he was in his 50's!!! The author obviously did a lot of research, and that can be a problem...the smallest details of his work may ultimately fascinate him, but bore the more casual reader. By the author's own admission in his introduction, he may well have succumbed to that temptation, but was "talked out of it" by a number of proofreaders, one of whom called his first manuscript "boring". To his credit, he listened and now the book reads very well, I think, and is a very entertaining look at one of the most unlikely of lives...Duncan Hines. I really enjoyed this book.