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Tom Miller (born August 11, 1947 in Washington, D.C.) is an American author primarily known for travel literature. His ten books include The Panama Hat Trail, On the Border, Trading With the Enemy, and Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink. He has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Natural History, Rolling Stone, Life, and many other magazines.

A Washington, D.C. native, Tom Miller's childhood was full of reading. The family read three newspapers daily, and the bookshelves of his home were always full. His earliest travels would be to Camp Catawba, a summer boys' camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He wrote for his high school newspaper, and by his fifth and final semester of college, was editor-in-chief of the school's weekly paper. But this was the late 1960s, and the underground, anti-war press had for him a cultural and political appeal the college presses lacked. He would continue through the early 1970s editing and authoring underground pamphlets, papers, and flyers.

By 1969 he had moved to Tucson, Arizona. He tried working odd jobs...selling encyclopedias door-to-door and working as a janitor, both jobs lasting four weeks...but focused on living cheaply and writing for whatever money he could earn. His first break would come after authoring a short piece for SunDance magazine that an editor at Esquire happened to read. He had been paid all of $15 to write the article; the editor suggested his magazine would have paid $750 for the same work. Soon he would find his first mainstream work with them.

In a similar fashion, an offbeat 1975 article he wrote about the Kennedy Assassination was read by a literary agent who insisted it could be expanded into a full length book. This would become The Assassination Please Almanac, his first book, whose cover blurb called it "a consumer's guide to conspiracy theories."

Life on the southern U.S. border inspired his first travel book: On the Border: Portraits of America's Southwestern Frontier. He travelled the full 2,000 mile length of the United States—Mexico border researching it and interviewing its denizens. The book was published in 1981.

His travelogueThe Panama Hat Trail (1986) follows the production of a (misnomered) Panama hat from the straw fields of Ecuador, its weaving by Indian peasants, to its finishing in a North American hat factory, and finally the sale to a San Diego retail store.

His book Jack Ruby’s Kitchen Sink: Offbeat Portraits of America’s Southwest, won the 2000 Lowell Thomas Award for "Best Travel Book of the Year," given by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

In 1987 he first visited Cuba, and in 1992 his experiences became the book Trading With the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba. He would also write many articles about Cuba.

He conceived and edited the book How I Learned English: 55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life, published simultaneously in Spanish in 2007.

He has also edited anthologies about Cuba and the Mexican border and was a major contributor to the 4-volume Encyclopedia Latina. His collection of over 80 versions of La Bamba led to his Rhino Records compilation The Best of La Bamba.

The University of Arizona Library acquired Miller's archives and mounted a major exhibit of his papers. He has served as adjunct research associate at the University of Arizona’s Latin American Area Center since 1990, and resides in Tucson with his wife, Regla Albarrán. In 2008 the City of Quito, at a public ceremony in its Centro Historico, proclaimed Miller “Un Huésped Ilustre” (An Illustrious Guest) for his literary contributions to Ecuador. One of Miller's siblings is Charles A. Miller (1937), Professor Emeritus of Politics and American Studies, Lake Forest College.

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Total Books: 63
Cuba Hot and Cold
2017 - Cuba Hot and Cold (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780816535866
ISBN-10: 0816535868
Genres: History, Travel
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The Philosopher's War A Novel
2017 - The Philosopher's War a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781476778150
ISBN-10: 1476778159
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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China's Asian Dream Empire Building along the New Silk Road
2017 - China's Asian Dream Empire Building Along the New Silk Road (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781783609239
ISBN-10: 1783609230
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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The Brick Moon Fiction Annual Volume 2
2016 - The Brick Moon Fiction Annual Volume 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781540561688
ISBN-10: 1540561682
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sandy The Authorised Biography of Sandy Jardine
2016 - Sandy the Authorised Biography of Sandy Jardine (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781845029913
ISBN-10: 1845029917
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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Lift A New Paradigm for Building Influential Leaders
2016 - Lift a New Paradigm for Building Influential Leaders (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781943425006
ISBN-10: 1943425000
Genre: Business & Money
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Seeking Manhattan The Stories Behind the Architecture of old New York--One Building at a Time
Slim Jim Simply the Best
2014 - Slim Jim Simply the Best (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781845027834
ISBN-10: 1845027833
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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Achieving Your Pinnacle A Career Guide for Actuaries
2013 - Achieving Your Pinnacle a Career Guide for Actuaries (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780557070282
ISBN-10: 0557070287
Genre: Business & Money
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China's Urban Billion The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History
XNA Game Studio 40 Programming Developing for Windows Phone and Xbox Live
2010 - Xna Game Studio 40 Programming Developing for Windows Phone and Xbox Live [Developer's Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780672333453
ISBN-10: 0672333457
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The Wave
2010 - The Wave (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781890932381
ISBN-10: 1890932388
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Revenge of the Saguaro Offbeat Travels Through America's Southwest
2010 - Revenge of the Saguaro Offbeat Travels Through America's Southwest (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781933693606
ISBN-10: 1933693606
Genre: Travel
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What Freedom
2008 - What Freedom (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781849230285
ISBN-10: 1849230285
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Trading with the Enemy A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba
2008 - Trading with the Enemy a Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780465005031
ISBN-10: 0465005039
Genres: History, Reference, Travel, Nonfiction, Law
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Introduction to Option-Adjusted Spread Analysis Revised and Expanded Third Edition of the OAS Classic by Tom Windas
Managed DirectX Game Programming
2006 - Managed Directx Game Programming (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780672326950
ISBN-10: 0672326957
Genres: Arts & Photography, Computers & Technology
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Beginning 3D Game Programming
2004 - Beginning 3d Game Programming (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780672326615
ISBN-10: 0672326612
Genre: Computers & Technology
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Travelers' Tales Cuba  True Stories
2004 - Travelers' Tales Cuba True Stories [Travelers' Tales] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781932361100
ISBN-10: 1932361103
Genres: History, Travel
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How to Get Promoted
2004 - How to Get Promoted [Classmates] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780826473110
ISBN-10: 0826473113
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Crossings
2003 - Crossings (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781580930963
ISBN-10: 1580930964
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Engineering & Transportation
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2003 - La Ruta De Los Panamas [Referencia - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)