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Award-Winning Best-Selling Author; Motivational & Inspirational Speaker; Cancer Survivor

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An award-winning author of ten books and dozens of articles in national magazines, Dean King has a passion for historical adventure stories. His earliest works were the best-selling companion books to Patrick O’Brian’s epic Aubrey-Maturin novel series A Sea of Words, Harbors & High Seas, and Every Man Will Do His Duty. He followed these up with a critically acclaimed biography of the eccentric author Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed, which was named a big book of the year by The Daily Telegraph, where it was serialized in four full pages.

King followed this biography with the national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara (Little, Brown, 2004), which tells the true story of the shipwreck of a Connecticut merchant brig Commerce on the west coast of Africa in 1815. The crew was enslaved on the desert by nomadic Arabs and had to travel 800 miles across the Sahara to reach freedom. Based on the memoirs of Captain James Riley and sailor Archibald Robbins, which King discovered in the New York Yacht Club library, and translated into ten languages, Skeletons was a multiple Book of the Year selection, the basis of a feature in National Geographic Adventure and a two-hour special documentary on the History Chanel. It is currently being developed as a feature film in London.

King’s latest work, Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival, about the 30 courageous women who walked 4,000 miles across China with Mao Zedong, in 1934, was published in the spring of 2010. While crossing eleven provinces, the 30 women forded dozens of raging rivers, scaled ice-covered peaks on the Tibetan Plateau, and survived ambushes, bombings, severe hunger and thirst, typhoid fever, and the births of half a dozen children. Their epic march helped reshape China forever. King’s account of his research trek in northwest Sichuan Province is featured in the April edition of Outside and translated into Mandarin, is the cover story of the May edition of Outside China. Of Unbound, Mary Baldwin College professor of Asian Studies Daniel A. Metraux wrote: “King, more than any other writer, recaptures the drama and flavor of this momentous time in Chinese history...Unbound is a must read for any student of modern Chinese history and ranks with Red Star Over China as one of the classic narratives of the early days of the CCP.”

King is a past director of book publishing at National Review, an original contributing editor to Men’s Journal, and the founder of Bubba Magazine. He has contributed stories to Book Marks, Esquire, Garden & Gun, Granta, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, New York, The New York Times, Outside, Travel Leisure, and The Daily Telegraph.

From 1997-2000, King edited the "Heart of Oak Sea Classics" series published by Henry Holt, which included fiction and non-fiction books about the Age of Fighting Sail, with new introductions and annotation. The series included such authors as Joseph Conrad, James Fenimore Cooper, Frederick Marryat, and James Norman Hall. Captain Richard Bailey of HMS Rose once noted that: “Like a great explorer of nautical literary archeology, King leads us on a journey of rediscovery into the past – back to a time before O’Brian, before Forester – to the founding authors of a great literary tradition.”

King is a nationally known speaker on his books, writing, and sea literature.

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The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

A Sea of Words, Third Edition: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian

A Sea of Words, Third Edition: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian

Harbors and High Seas, 3rd Edition : An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian, Third Edition

Harbors and High Seas, 3rd Edition : An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian, Third Edition

Patrick O'Brian :  A Life Revealed

Patrick O'Brian : A Life Revealed

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Award-Winning Best-Selling Author; Motivational & Inspirational Speaker; Cancer Survivor

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Dean King Biography

An award-winning author of ten books and dozens of articles in national magazines, Dean King has a passion for historical adventure stories. His earliest works were the best-selling companion books to Patrick O’Brian’s epic Aubrey-Maturin novel series A Sea of Words, Harbors & High Seas, and Every Man Will Do His Duty. He followed these up with a critically acclaimed biography of the eccentric author Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed, which was named a big book of the year by The Daily Telegraph, where it was serialized in four full pages.

King followed this biography with the national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara (Little, Brown, 2004), which tells the true story of the shipwreck of a Connecticut merchant brig Commerce on the west coast of Africa in 1815. The crew was enslaved on the desert by nomadic Arabs and had to travel 800 miles across the Sahara to reach freedom. Based on the memoirs of Captain James Riley and sailor Archibald Robbins, which King discovered in the New York Yacht Club library, and translated into ten languages, Skeletons was a multiple Book of the Year selection, the basis of a feature in National Geographic Adventure and a two-hour special documentary on the History Chanel. It is currently being developed as a feature film in London.

King’s latest work, Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival, about the 30 courageous women who walked 4,000 miles across China with Mao Zedong, in 1934, was published in the spring of 2010. While crossing eleven provinces, the 30 women forded dozens of raging rivers, scaled ice-covered peaks on the Tibetan Plateau, and survived ambushes, bombings, severe hunger and thirst, typhoid fever, and the births of half a dozen children. Their epic march helped reshape China forever. King’s account of his research trek in northwest Sichuan Province is featured in the April edition of Outside and translated into Mandarin, is the cover story of the May edition of Outside China. Of Unbound, Mary Baldwin College professor of Asian Studies Daniel A. Metraux wrote: “King, more than any other writer, recaptures the drama and flavor of this momentous time in Chinese history...Unbound is a must read for any student of modern Chinese history and ranks with Red Star Over China as one of the classic narratives of the early days of the CCP.”

King is a past director of book publishing at National Review, an original contributing editor to Men’s Journal, and the founder of Bubba Magazine. He has contributed stories to Book Marks, Esquire, Garden & Gun, Granta, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, New York, The New York Times, Outside, Travel Leisure, and The Daily Telegraph.

From 1997-2000, King edited the "Heart of Oak Sea Classics" series published by Henry Holt, which included fiction and non-fiction books about the Age of Fighting Sail, with new introductions and annotation. The series included such authors as Joseph Conrad, James Fenimore Cooper, Frederick Marryat, and James Norman Hall. Captain Richard Bailey of HMS Rose once noted that: “Like a great explorer of nautical literary archeology, King leads us on a journey of rediscovery into the past – back to a time before O’Brian, before Forester – to the founding authors of a great literary tradition.”

King is a nationally known speaker on his books, writing, and sea literature.

Dean King Videos

  • Only those who ride camels know camels | Dean King | TEDxCharlottesville
    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Author of historical adventures Dean King is a...
  • Dean King on His New Book "The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys"
    Author, Dean King, joined Steve to discuess his new book, that USA Today called "a good tale of bad blood," "The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys: The...

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    Booking fees for Dean King, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dean King, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dean King?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dean King for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dean King for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dean King or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dean King or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dean King is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dean King for your event is available upon request. Dean King generally travels from Richmond, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rinker Buck, Ken Burns, Dolores Barclay, Linda Gordon and Ron Powers. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dean King for an upcoming event.

Dean King Speaker Videos

  • Only those who ride camels know camels | Dean King | TEDxCharlottesville
    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Author of historical adventures Dean King is a best-selling author of nine books, including Skeletons on...
    Dean King on His New Book "The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys"
    Author, Dean King, joined Steve to discuess his new book, that USA Today called "a good tale of bad blood," "The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys: The True Story," about this West Virginian legend that...

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