Since the late 1700’s, lurid tales of a fabled treasure and a legendary fortune-hunter named, Jonathan Swift, has enticed untold numbers to search for his veiled cache.
The breakthrough and highly controversial discoveries presented in Robert A. Prather’s book, "The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver," has attracted a nation-wide audience, and was featured in February 2012 on the popular History Channel 2 series, "America’s Book of Secrets;" the Fort Knox Episode. In addition to receiving the prestigious Reader’s Favorite Silver Medal Award, Historical/Cultural category, this book has also won a Silver ADDY Award for publication design.
From rare historical documents and maps, to personal diaries and archives from George Washington’s Masonic lodge, the author boldly delves into the mystery and legend of Swift, as well as the incontestable storyline connections with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure, "Treasure Island." Was Jonathan Swift the mold for Stevenson’s most famous literary character, Long John Silver? Prather reveals and documents the location of the long-sought Swift silver mine, moving the enigmatic silver miner out of the mythical and into the historical.
Mr. Prather and his wife, Karen, reside near Garrett, Kentucky. He is a member of local historical and archaeological organizations and works with Acclaim Press of Morley, MO developing county history books.