The Santa Claus Man

  • by Alex Palmer
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before the charismatic John Duval Gluck, Jr., came along, letters from New York City children to Santa Claus were destroyed, unopened, by the US Post Office. Gluck saw an opportunity and created the Santa Claus Association. The effort delighted the public, and for 15 years money and gifts flowed to the only group authorized to answer Santa's mail. Gluck became a Jazz Age celebrity, rubbing shoulders with the era's movie stars and politicians, and even planned to erect a vast Santa Claus monument in the center of Manhattan - until Gotham's crusading charity commissioner discovered some dark secrets in Santa's workshop. The rise and fall of the Santa Claus Association is a caper both heartwarming and hard-boiled, involving stolen art, phony Boy Scouts, a kidnapping, pursuit by the FBI, a Coney Island bullfight, and above all, the thrills and dangers of a wild imagination. It's also the larger story of how Christmas became the extravagant holiday we celebrate today, from Santa's early beginnings in New York to the country's first citywide Christmas tree and Macy's first grand holiday parade.


What the Critics Say

"The Santa Claus Man is a warmhearted and informative history, and a luscious tale besides." (Andrew Burstein, author of The Original Knickerbocker)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting Story

If you have an interest in American Christmas history at the turn of the century, this book is worth a read. While it focuses on the story of one man there are many details about Christmas culture in general back in that era that are interesting.
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- Frank

Great story and fun break from typical Christmas yarns

Found this on Audible. Great look at Christmas in early 20th century, the rise of what we all know as Christmas today. Mr. Gluck, while a bit shady had an interesting life. Worth the read!
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- Melinda Little

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio