William Russo

Now Available: Biography of Mill Circle, one of the most amazing streets in America. All True! Ghosts, murder, a primitive spa, a haunted house, and RMS Titanic!

HAUNTING NEAR VIRTUOUS SPRING

A true story that links a 19th century murder, a mysterious poem, a haunted house, a mineral spring, and RMS Titanic....this new book details the life of an unusual American neighborhood.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Books by William Russo:
AUDIE MURPHY IN VIETNAM
RIDING JAMES KIRKWOOD’S PONY
DUMB-FOUNDED: THE STORY OF AMERICAN LANGUAGE
BOOTH AND OSWALD
THE NEXT JAMES DEAN
ALFRED HITCHCOCK FRESHLY SHOWERED
RED SOX 2013: NAKED CAME THE LINEUP!

Books co-authored by William Russo and Jan Merlin:
THE PAID COMPANION OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH
TROUBLES IN A GOLDEN EYE
MGM MAKES BOYS TOWN
HANGING WITH BILLY BUDD
THE ETERNAL CADET: FRANKIE THOMAS

Sports Humor Books by William Russo:
Encyclopedia of Sports Idiocy
Compleat Gronk
New England Patriots Undressed! 2012-13 Season
Best Boston Sports Humor of 2012
Best Boston Sports Humor of 2013
Shakespeare in Sports & Other Literary Horrors
LeBron James & the Plague of Seven Rings
New England Patriot Whimsy: Road to Super Bowl XLVI
Death, Taxes and Sports Whimsy
Lies, Stats & Sports Whimsy
Tebow vs. Gronk
Rajon Rondo: Superstar!
Red Sox 2011: A Whimsical Autopsy
Red Sox 2012: Bobby Valentine's Season in Hell
Sex, Drugs, Sports & Whimsy, Volume 1
Sex, Drugs, Sports & Whimsy, Volume 2
Tales of the NBA: Arrogance, Idiocy & Whimsy
Great Sports Stories: the Legendary Films

Books in the Mal Tempo Series
MAL TEMPO
MAL TEMPO & FRIENDS
WHEN BILLY THE KID MET BEN HUR…
WHEN J. WILKES BOOTH MET BEN HUR…
WHEN JACK THE RIPPER MET BEN HUR…
NECROSERV
DIARY OF MAL TEMPO
PICNIC WITH MELVILLE & HAWTHORNE
A WALK WITH MAL TEMPO (film)

Selected Works

Non-fiction, biography
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Social History
Sports Satire
Follows the Boston Red Sox month-by-month during the 2013 season.
Film History
A look at Frankie Thomas, child star of film and Broadway, he was considered in the 1930s as the male Shirley Temple. His career has been catalogued with special insights from Jan Merlin, Frankie's costar of the early sci-fi series TOM CORBETT: SPACE CADET. Tracing Frankie's early success on Broadway, his theatrical parents, and his gentle style, the book is packed with many personal photos from Jan Merlin who was friends with Frankie for 50 years.
Based on my Curry College course for many years, this book takes the reader into the classic films of Hitchcock by examining his set pieces and how he reworked them into a dozen films. Another section provides some unusual insights into the films of Hitchcock's Golden Age.
Sports Humor
Following Boston Celtics star and mercurial point guard through his meteoric career, this work takes a humorous look at his seasons with the Big Three stars of his team and his emergence to reach a par with potential Hall of Fame teammates. Done tongue-in-cheek, the book traces some of the biggest foibles and follies of Rondo.
Biography
Contrasting the two most reviled assassins in American history, this work tackles the notorious and popular Internet idea of similarities. By examining each man's educational experiences, the work shows that the similarities are the result of a typical American education of their era. Each man's childhood is delineated separately with conclusions in a final segment.

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TALES OF A TITANIC FAMILY
A rich and privileged family from Massachusetts loses two of its family members on the Titanic. Using unpublished oral histories and family folklore, this work reveals for the first time the backstory of Percival and Edith, their two sons Percy and Richard, and how their lives were traumatized and devastated by the infamous ship.


HAUNTING NEAR VIRTUOUS SPRING
Biography of a street where a haunted house dominated the 19th century and where Titanic victims were born!

An unusual journal of the 2013 season for the Red Sox!



Red Sox 2013: Naked Came the Lineup!
In this sports satire, the 2013 Red Sox were followed from spring training to the unexpected and amazing World Series victory. Without benefit of scores, this monthly log tackles the human interest stories--the events that fans will remember forever, including the Marathon Bombing in April.

If the sports emperors are not wearing any clothes, this book points it out.

Frankie Thomas: Eternal Cadet
Based on hours of interviews with Frankie Thomas shortly before his death, and combined with insights of his long-time friend and costar in TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET, Jan Merlin and William Russo provide a definitive portrait of the child star.

Audie Murphy in Vietnam
War hero and movie star Audie Murphy wanted to make a serious film after a series of minor cowboy pictures. His friend Willard Willingham interested him in a picture with Joseph L. Mankiewicz, costarring with Michael Redgrave and based on the best-seller THE QUIET AMERICAN by Graham Greene. This book traces the near catastrophe that came to the first American film company to film in Vietnam in 1957, telling the story of one of the first American casualties of the upcoming war.

Alfred Hitchcock Freshly Showered
Book features amusing insights into many of the Master of Suspense's classic features from the 1950s. Also examines some thematic issues with an accent on humor of Hitchcock.

Rajon Rondo & The Green Nebula
Long-time fan of Rajon Rondo, William Russo provides some hilarious and acerbic takes on the championship years with the Big Three. A sequel to the highly successful, RAJON RONDO: SUPERSTAR!, the latest version is filled with literary allusions and satiric barbs, all new material about the 2012-2013 season

Booth and Oswald
Examining two assassins through their failed education, the book discovers some surprising similarities in the schooling of John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald.