The Paragon Agency
This is Douglas Westfall,
have been publishing for over thirty years, and during
this time I have had the opportunity to publish some of the
really great stories of America's History.
Some of our books I author, and many are written by selected
authorities, while others are reproductions of significant
Over the years, I have discovered dozens of artifacts, hundreds
of manuscripts, and literally thousands of historic photographs
-- all previously unpublished.
All of the historic photos are carefully restored and each artifact,
manuscript, and photograph we obtain is donated to
Mission Dolores courtesy
Koerper Collection Chinaware
courtesy Chinese Historical Society of America
Examples from these include: The painting
of Mission Dolores by Napoleon Vallejo, son of General Vallejo and Chinaware looted from Chinatown during San
Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire [Two
Weeks in San Francisco].
Postcards courtesy Joseph Dew CSS David courtesy
Also, Postcards and letters
written in the field by 2nd Lt. Wallace, who survived the Battle
of the Little Bighorn and was the first officer to discovered
Brvt. Gen. George A. Custer's body [Letters
from the field] and the illustrated Memoirs of Capt. William
T. Glassell the first person to pilot a submarine during the
American Civil War [Prisoners of the
Soon to come are
three new books on America's History:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Panorama courtesy Sands Edward Cochems collection
Crater of Grotto Geyser
courtesy Yellowstone National Park Museum Collections
Panorama photos, stereo views, and rare
historical photography fill the pages of our books, like The
Mission San Juan Capistrano Panorama [Panoramas
of Orange County History], Stereo views of Yellowstone
National Park [A Century in Yellowstone],
and rare photography from the story of America's Jazz [Thirty
Days with Nat King Cole].
Teddy Wilson & Billie Holiday
courtesy Morte collection
These are all first
person accounts, taken from unread postcards, letters,
journals, diaries, and memoirs. Richly illustrated with
unpublished photographs, maps, charts, and manuscripts -- our
books contain eye witness accounts of significant events and
include undiscovered artifacts, machines, and stories of
America's History. Original
panoramas, historic artwork, and stereo views bring realism to each book.
Thank you for shopping at SpecialBooks.com -- Very Unique Books
on America's History.
Douglas & Jackie Westfall
Douglas Westfall is a writer, lecturer, and
publisher. Born in Los Angeles in 1949, he began writing history
at age 10. He has published historical materials over the last two
decades, and has given presentations in over half of the United States,
plus several countries including Canada, Latin America, Europe,
and the Philippines.
"History is better than fiction, but only if you can get to
the heart of it." -- Douglas Westfall
He is available for historical lectures
at no charge.
Please see Contact Us.
Jackie Westfall is graphic designer and
publisher, and has designed hundreds of books, magazines and
newspapers. She continues to develop and
build historical books on America with her husband.
Our Logo is the
edge of a book, impressed with an American Flag of 13
stars. It is taken from the first American Flag flown over
California, when this region was Spanish territory.
The flag was brought here in 1804c and this photo was taken in 1939 at
the Mission San Juan Capistrano. No one knows where the flag is
Not the usual pattern of a circle for a 13 star flag, the stars were in
rows like that of a modern American flag.
Our Catalog logo is the that of an open book.
13 Star American Flag courtesy
SJC Historical Society
Our Book Catalogs
Our catalog on America's History
contains our most prominent books and is a series which will
continue to grow each year. Because we live in California,
we also produce books on our local history and continue to add
interesting historic pieces we find through our research, into
California's History catalog. Books found in our
Other Kinds of History
catalog, include biographies, poetry, cookbooks, genealogy, and books by other authors.
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client's names or information to be accessed by anyone else nor by any
other service, period.
Security is also important such that we operate a secure site for the
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Postage is all that we charge for the shipping of our books. We make
no profit on postage, and often discount these costs to our clients.
Our books are shipped the same day we receive an order. If there is a
backorder situation, we will notify you immediately by email. For out of print
books, you should allow from six to
eight weeks for a book to ship.
Our reader's guarantee is
that all returns are accepted, and refunds are available
if the books are received postpaid and in saleable condition.
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