A new book titled “Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline” has just been released by Reedy Press in time for Missouri’s 200th anniversary. This book unlocks Missouri’s most intriguing, entertaining and secret history through vignettes, photographs and illustrations.

Aptly named the Show Me State, Missouri has shown the nation its past, present and future for more than two centuries. Representing the state’s 200 year history in a way that is both educational and entertaining, this Missouri timeline offers a look back even as it looks ahead to a fabulous future situated perfectly in the middle of the nation. As a state, Missouri blends everything our country has to offer, just the way we like it.

“Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline” is written by John W. Brown, who is a nationally recognized TV news anchor, public speaker, inventor, author and radio talk show host. Brown is an evening news anchor and political correspondent at KTVI, Fox 2, in St. Louis. He has worked as a journalist in many states, even hosting a nationally syndicated TV show. He has authored several books including: “Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show-Me State,” “The Ultimate Missouri Trivia Book,” “100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die” and “The Missouri Almanac 2019.”

Brown felt that as Missouri recognizes its 200th anniversary as a state, it’s important to look back at the amazing history that has had an impact far beyond the boundaries of the Show Me State. From successes in business, sports and cultural events, to struggles against Mother Nature and failures of civil rights, a retrospective study paves an even better path for the future.

The 200 pages of “Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline” highlights the important moments in Missouri’s history that have defined the state and notes the parallel in the state’s trajectory as only a timeline can. Not long after the first skyscraper was built in Missouri, Laura Wilder moved to southern Missouri where she wrote about life on the prairie. At the same time Lake of the Ozarks was filling up, Prohibition was ending, Bonnie and Clyde were having shootouts, and a golfer from Springfield was winning the first Masters Golf Tournament. This book allows readers to see Missouri’s defining moments and provides a new understanding of how it all lines up historically.

“Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline” by John Brown is available wherever books are sold.

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