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Gwinnett history book now available for Kindle, tablets through Amazon

Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available as an e-book through Amazon.

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.


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Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta



"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

Elliott Brack is a native Georgian, a graduate of Mercer University and holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa.

He for 12 years published a weekly newspaper, the Wayne County Press in Jesup, Ga., and for 12 years he was vice president and general manager of Gwinnett Daily News, He also held a similar position with the Marietta Daily Journal. He has also been a visiting associate professor of journalism for nine years at the University of Georgia, teaching newspaper management.

For another 13 years, he was associate publisher of the Gwinnett section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and wrote a column about Gwinnett four times a week. He presently is publishing GeorgiaClips, an executive news digest of Georgia produced each business day, and GwinnettForum, an Internet moderated discussion site. He's also working on a book on the recent history of Gwinnett County.

Among his civic activities:

  • Citizen of the Year, 1994, named by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
  • Former president of the Georgia Press Association.
  • Former chairman of the Metro Atlanta American Red Cross chapter.
  • Chairman of a successful $1.5 million fund drive for the new YMCA in Peachtree Corners.
  • Chairman of a successful $4.2 million fund drive for a new Salvation Army facility in Lawrenceville.
  • Chairman and president since 1979 of The Red and Black Publishing Company, the independent student daily newspaper at the University of Georgia,. In 2002, the newspaper opened new $2 million home for the newspaper in Athens, which it now occupies.
  • Board Member, Atlanta Salvation Army
  • Founding chairman of Leadership Gwinnett.
  • Founding and current chairman, Senior Leadership Gwinnett
  • Former chairman, Board of Trustees, Leadership Gwinnett.
  • Trustee, Atlanta History Center
  • Member for 15 years of Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, representing the Southern Newspapers.
  • Delegate to Diocese of Atlanta Councils since 1980.
  • President, Eastern Continental Divide Association

He and his wife, Barbara, live in Norcross. They have three adult children and two grandaughters. They are members of Christ Episcopal Church. Among his avocations are traveling and hiking in the North Georgia mountains.



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