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Gwinnett history book in second printing

Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.

The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.

Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:

  • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta
  • Books for Less, Buford
  • Gwinnett Historical Society, Lawrenceville
  • Parsons Gifts and Cards, Duluth
  • Vargas and Harbin Gallery, Norcross

You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to www.elliottbrack.com to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.

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Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta

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A "MUST HAVE" BOOK

"Having an interest in Gwinnett County history, particularly since 1950, Elliott Brack's book, Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta, is a must have. "Informative and enlightening, it gives the origin and development of the all the major governmental agencies and a picture of the business community as well a highlighting those persons who made it happen. Elliott's book, containing little known facts and long forgotten stories, explaining the phenomenal growth of one of the fastest growing counties in the nation will be read and quoted for years to come."
-- Lawrenceville attorney Jones Webb

Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta did not start out to become a thick reference book.

Author Elliott Brack started to write a 100-page book about Gwinnett that people could send to friends to tell about the county…..but it grew and grew. (See Contents)

The book is essentially a history of one of the fastest growing counties in the nation since 1950, with emphasis on how the fast growth took place, who directed it and the consequences. In the meantime, Gwinnett has developed into the second biggest county in the state, and the most diverse.

  • Read a 2009 story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The book is crammed with statistics with 143 tables in the Appendix that detail lists of public officials, to schools, service clubs, miles of roads and honorees of various organizations. There must be more than 10,000 names in the Appendix.

And what happens when in Gwinnett? You can determine when it's best to hold an event by checking out the only up-to-date annual calendar of events in the county.

You'll find Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta captures the lives and the stories behind many significant people of the county, while giving insights into the amazing growth and development of this fascinating county.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elliott Brack is a native Georgian and veteran newspaperman at three different levels.

He published the weekly Wayne County Press for 12 years; was for 13 years the vice president and general manager of Gwinnett Daily News, and for 13 years was associate publisher of the Gwinnett section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. He now publishes, in retirement, two Web sites on Gwinnett and Georgia news.

He and his wife live in Norcross. They have been married for 54 years and have three children and two granddaughters. (Click here to learn more).

EXCERPT
Groundbreaking of Buford Dam

"It was March 1, 1950, that groundbreaking for the dam took place. Fittingly, it was also the 59th birthday of the guy who had pushed so hard for the day, Mayor William Hartsfield. He, as temporary chairman of ceremonies, had arranged the program and sent out notices for people to come to a high bluff on the Gwinnett side, overlooking the Chattahoochee." Read more.

 

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