Fascinated by the American Civil War since the fourth grade, CLINT JOHNSON has written eight books on the subject, including the acclaimed Civil War Blunders. Originally from Florida, he counts Confederate soldiers from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama among his ancestors. He is active as a Civil War re-enactor and has portrayed soldiers from both the Confederacy and the Union. In researching “A Vast and Fiendish Plot,” he spent days reading musty newspapers and poring over maps of 1864 New York to track the details of the plot to burn down the city. A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in journalism, he lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife, Barbara. Please visit his website: clintjohnsonbooks.com.