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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: 65
Achieving Your Pinnacle A Career Guide for Actuaries
Achieving Your Pinnacle a Career Guide for Actuaries (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780557070282
ISBN-10: 0557070287
Genre: Business & Money

All-Star Showdown
All-star Showdown (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780931209635
ISBN-10: 0931209633

Angler's Guide to Baja California
Angler's Guide to Baja California (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780914622048
ISBN-10: 0914622048

The Assassination Please Almanac
The Assassination Please Almanac (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780595008094
ISBN-10: 0595008097
Genres: History, Nonfiction

Auf den Spuren des Panamahutes Eine ungewhnliche Reise durch Ecuador
The Baja Book a Complete Map-guide to Today's Baja California
The Baja Book a Complete Map-guide to Today's Baja California (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780914622017
ISBN-10: 0914622013

The Baja Book III
The Baja Book III (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780914622086
ISBN-10: 0914622080
Genre: Reference

Baja Book III A Complete New Map-Guide to Today's Baja California
Baja Book III a Complete New Map-guide to Today's Baja California (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780914622109
ISBN-10: 0914622102
Genre: Travel

Beginning 3D Game Programming
Beginning 3d Game Programming (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780672326615
ISBN-10: 0672326612
Genre: Computers & Technology

The Brick Moon Fiction Annual Volume 2
The Brick Moon Fiction Annual Volume 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781540561688
ISBN-10: 1540561682
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

China's Asian Dream Empire Building along the New Silk Road
China's Urban Billion The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History
The Copeland Killings/the Bizarre True Account of Ray and Faye Copeland the Oldest Couple Ever Sentenced to Death in America
Crossings (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781580930963
ISBN-10: 1580930964
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Engineering & Transportation

Cuba Hot and Cold
Cuba Hot and Cold (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780816535866
ISBN-10: 0816535868
Genres: History, Travel

Evolving Monarchy
Evolving Monarchy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780900182815
ISBN-10: 0900182814

Full Court Press
Full Court Press (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780931209918
ISBN-10: 0931209919

How to Get Promoted
How to Get Promoted [Classmates] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780826473110
ISBN-10: 0826473113

Interlink 1 A Course in Integrating Skills in English
Interlink 1 a Course in Integrating Skills in English [Bk. 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780134690575
ISBN-10: 0134690575

Interstate Gourmet Texas and the Southwest
Interstate Gourmet Texas and the Southwest (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671523343
ISBN-10: 0671523341
Genres: Business & Money, Travel, Nonfiction
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Introduction to Option-Adjusted Spread Analysis Revised and Expanded Third Edition of the OAS Classic by Tom Windas
La Ruta De Los Panamas [Referencia - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)