The Five-Year Party

Gillette Murder Case

Mount Monadnock

The Electric Chair

Morris Dancing

Surry Cottage Books


Meet the Author

Craig's Clipping File



11/25/11 US News and World Report's Debate Club feature invited Craig and 11 other higher ed experts to answer the question "Is a college degree still worth it?" You can read the results and cast a vote for me here.

11/3/11 A completely new and updated version of Craig's 1986 book Murder in the Adirondacks will be published next year by North Country Books. The new version adds information that Craig and others have gathered and will include some 70 new photos that have not been published in a century.

10/25/11 Craig will introduce the new documentary "North Woods Elegy" about the Gillette case on 4/4/11 at Herkimer County Community College. Craig is interviewed throughout the film, which was made by Derek Taylor, a fim professor at Southern Connecicut University.

6/12/11 Craig has been appointed by the Town of Stratham, N.H. to rewrite the town's official history book for its 300th birthday in 2016.

5/1/11 Craig has been hired to write the script for the documentary film "Monadnock: The Mountain that Stands Alone" for the Rabbit Ears Films of Keene, N.H.

Craig on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer talking about The Five-Year Party Aug, 11, 2010

What, Me Study? Why so many colleges are education-free zones The Wall Street Journal review of The Five-Year Party Aug 9, 2010

Our colleges are less safe than you think - New Hampshire Union Leader Op-ed piece 9/6/10 (PDF)

CollegePlus! review of The Five Year Party Aug. 30, 2010

Fergus Cullen reviews The Five-Year Party in the New Hampshire Union Leader Nov. 20, 2010

Blog on Books Review of The Five-Year Party 8/14/10

Atlanta Journal Constitution Op-ed on Party Schools 9/15/10

Avoiding the party school trap - Forbes List of America's Best Colleges Aug. 11, 2010

Walt Gardner of Education Week reviews The Five-Year Party 8/13/10

1 County, 2 Americas -- Keene Sentinel July 24, 2010

10/6/09 Craig Interviewed about Mount Monadnock in the Boston Globe

"The Electric Chair" is featured in McFarland and Co.'s 2009 Holiday Catalog. Page 18. (PDF)

Nelson Mummers Play 2009 (PDF)

Op-Ed on Colleges that cover up Campus Crimes Keene Sentinel 1/17/10

Testimony to NH House Committee on Education 1/28/10


"Murder in the Adirondacks," Craig's 1986 book about the Chester Gillette - Grace Brown murder case of 1906 was chosen by the readers of Cayuga County N.Y. as the "Cayuga Reads" selection for 2010.

Cayuga Reads is a pro-literacy group that selects a book by popular vote and its members then read the book and share their comments at public meetings.

The book was selected for Amsterdam Reads, a similar program in Amsterdam, N.Y. in 2009. Craig will make a presentation to Cayuga Reads in Auburn N.Y. in October 2010.

The book is about the true murder case that Theodore Dreiser used for his novel "An American Tragedy."


Listen to Craig talk about his books on Public Radio!

"The Exchange" New Hampshire Public Radio Dec, 8, 2010

The Five-Year Party

Iowa Public Radio 1/25/11

The Five-Year Party

New Hampshire Public Radio Oct. 21, 2010

Megalithia (Pumpelly Cave) on Mt. Monadnock

New Hampshire Public Radio: June 10, 2003

The Electric Chair

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North Country Public Radio: March 16, 2006

The Gillette Case

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The Five-Year Party Takes the Silver Prize in Education at Book of the Year Awards

ForeWord Reviews has named The Five-Year Party the silver prize winner in the education category for its 2010 Book of the Year awards.

Representing more than 350 publishers, the winners were selected from 1400 entries in 56 categories. These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest.

The winners were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers selected from their readership. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction were announced at a special program at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards program was created to spotlight distinctive books from independent publishers. What sets the awards apart from others is that final selections are made by real judges—working librarians and booksellers—based on their experiences with patrons and customers.



College tuition is increasing faster than gasoline or health care, but the quality of education is declining. For those who attend only for the five years of parties, education is optional. Students have the time of their lives while running up student loan debts that will take decades to pay off.

Based on five years of research and Craig's 12 years of experience at a party school in New England, it's written for parents who have no idea how little they are getting for their money. Half of the freshman class drops out before graduation and much of that tuition money goes for administrative salaries and buildings that have nothing to do with education. It takes six years for the average student to complete a four-year program.

After graduation, students who were promised high paying jobs are forced to take high school level jobs while paying off tens of thousands of dollars in college loans.

To read more about it, check out the Five Year Party page.

Electric Chair Book in Paperback

Craig Brandon's 1999 book, The Electric Chair: An Unnatural American History, has been republished by McFarland & Company as a paperback with a brand new cover design, replacing the old, plain, red one.