A native Miamian, John M. Dunn has written more than 400 articles for periodicals such as Europe, Overseas Life, Sierra, Florida Trend, Business Florida, and The St. Petersburg Times. He has authored 16 non-fiction young adult books, including The Russian Revolution, Modern Day Pirates, The Spread of Islam, Life During the Black Death, The Birth of Modern India, The Enlightenment, Prohibition, and José Martí: Cuba's Greatest Hero. He has also edited a Civil War series for young readers. Drying Up, The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida was published by the University Press of Florida in 2019. Other credits include scripts for audiovisual productions and a children's play.
The New York Public Library recognized the first edition of Dunn's book on The Relocation of the North American Indian in its Books for the Teenage List; the second edition received a stared review from the School Library Journal in May 2006. The Pennsylvania State Library Association included John's book, The Computer Revolution in its 'Young Adult Top Forty Nonfiction 2002 Titles.'; In addition, The Barahona Center of California State University San Marcos has featured his book, Life in Castro's Cuba its annual list of 'Recommended Books in English about Latinos.'; In February, 2020, Dunn's book, Drying Up. The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida was selected as winner of the Florida Historical Society's Stetson Kennedy Award for writing about Florida's natural environment. The book also, has won the Bronze Medal in the 2019 Florida Book Awards, Florida Nonfiction category.
John is also a retired, veteran high school teacher of history, law-studies, sociology and philosophy. His career includes having taught in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Germany. He has also worked with various water conservation groups in Florida. A father and grandfather, he lives with his wife in Ocala, Florida.
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