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This profile was last updated on 12/1/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Attorney and Historian

Local Address: Arizona, United States
 
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Steve Goddard's History Wire:
www.historywire.com, 1 Dec 2012 [cached]
A Toast to Eclipse -- Arpad Haraszthy and the Sparkling Wine of Old San Francisco by Brian McGinty, Oklahoma UP '12, $29.95, 256 pages, ASIN #0806142480.
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Those oenophiles among us who are still persuaded that California sparkling wines are a 20th century phenomenon may be surprised to learn that the the art of wine-making in that state dates to the mid to late 19th century, according to this delightful new book by attorney/historian Brian McGinty.
The author has written what he considers to be "a definitive history of the wine, exploring California's winemaking past and two of the people who put the state's varietal wines on the map: Arpad and his father Agoston Haraszthy, the legendary 'father of California viticulture.'"
Thickening the brew in this fascinating story is the author's use of San Francisco during its heyday as a backdrop, taking his readers back to the days of cable cars and horse-drawn trolleys. McGinty reveals "new information about California varietals and winemaking districts, and probes the controversy about whether Agoston Haraszthy introduced the Zinfandel grape to the Golden State."
Author Brian McGinty is an attorney and historian who specializes in American history, wine, and law. He has written nine previous books.
By Brian ...
www.civilwarnews.com, 1 May 2010 [cached]
By Brian McGinty
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Unaccountably, as historian-attorney Brian McGinty observes in a new book, not one among Brown's many biographers has devoted more than a chapter to the trial itself.
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After summarizing the events at the arsenal, Brown's capture and his indictment, McGinty provides an account of the trial proceedings which is comprehensive and informative.
Consistent with the uneven mid-19th-century practice regarding the use of court reporters, none was present at the Brown trial to generate a transcript. Instead, McGinty has thoroughly mined the contemporary daily newspaper accounts to produce a highly readable, illuminating narrative.
He capably explains the complicated legal issues involved, including the unusual charge that Brown, who was not a resident of Virginia, had committed treason against that state, and the jurisdictional problem arising from the fact that by 1859 the Harpers Ferry arsenal was situated on federal, not state, land.
McGinty also details Brown's active role in his own defense, even though by law he was barred from testifying. He analyzes Brown's compelling statement at sentencing which turned the defense into an attack on slavery.
McGinty addresses larger matters, as well. He focuses on several controversial procedural aspects, including the Virginia court's appointment of local defense counsel (two of whom were witnesses to some of the underlying events), its refusal to allow Brown a continuance, Brown's debilitated physical condition as a consequence of his wounds, and the aberrant, cursory handling of Brown's appeal by the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
These facts grate harshly on the modern ear which is accustomed to zealous protection of an accused's rights. McGinty analyzes the resulting fairness question competently and appropriately, with an eye to the trial's 19th-century context.
By: Brian ...
www.oupress.com, 13 Mar 2012 [cached]
By: Brian McGinty
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In A Toast to Eclipse, Brian McGinty offers a definitive history of the wine, exploring California’s winemaking past and two of the people who put the state’s varietal wines on the map: Arpad and his father Agoston Haraszthy, the legendary “father of California viticulture.â€
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As McGinty shows, the story of the award-winning wine Haraszthy created is also the story of San Francisco during its heyday as the largest, most dynamic city in the American West. McGinty reveals new information about California varietals and winemaking districts, and probes the controversy about whether Agoston Haraszthy introduced the Zinfandel grape to the Golden State.
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Brian McGinty
Brian McGinty is an independent scholar and writer specializing in American history and law. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
I Will Call a Traitor a Traitor: Albert Sidney Johnston in San Francisco
www.militarymuseum.org, 23 Mar 2009 [cached]
by Brian McGinty
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Attorney Brian McGinty, an avid writer of historical articles, is a native of California and currently resides in San Francisco.
McGinty to present lecture ...
www.journal-news.net, 11 Oct 2009 [cached]
McGinty to present lecture Thursday
CHARLES TOWN - Author Brian McGinty will speak on his new book, "John Brown's Trial" at 6 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
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