It's a Miracle It Wasn't Worse — Growing Up in the 1930s and 1940s
"It's a Miracle is to some extent a work of social history, though my principal aim is to give readers a close-up view of my formative years, as if through a window, one that is also a mirror, for what I have written is most acutely a reflection of myself, a view that at the time was to a considerable degree obscured by fog-clouds of varying consistencies that circulated in my brain and persisted for decades after I reached adulthood until, only yesterday, it seems, a mostly unobstructed view emerged.”
EDWARD PACKARD was born in 1931 in Huntington, Long Island, and grew up there. He graduated from Princeton, served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Columbia Law School, and practiced law before becoming a full-time writer. He conceived of the idea and wrote the prototype and first book for Bantam's classic Choose Your Own Adventure series, wrote many other books in the series, and created four other book series and diverse works of fiction and non-fiction, including Big Numbers, cited by Newsweek as one of the best children's books of the year, and Imagining the Universe, cited by NPR's Science Friday as one of the best science books of the year and recipient of a Scientific American book award.