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Book Review

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Here is a lovely review of A Secret History of Brands! Go follow the link to read the whole review, but here is a little preview:

"I’d never read anything by this author before, but his style is engaging and he pitches this volume at the right level for the subject: he includes the adequate amount of historical information about each one of the brands and characters (inventors, creators, public figures…) to make sure that the readers understand the context of each brand and its products, and then focuses on the more intriguing and less publicized aspects of their evolution. Some of them might be more familiar than others (I suspect a lot of readers will know about Coca-Cola and its early cocaine content), but even then, MacNabb manages to unearth elements of the story that are bizarre and less well-known (so Coca-Cola still contains extracts of coca leaves [no actual cocaine though, don’t worry!] supplied by the only lab in the US with a permit to import coca leaves).…

Press For A Secret History of Brands

The Daily Mail was kind enough to post a very in-depth feature about my latest history title, A Secret History of Brands, on their website last November. Check it out if you haven't already.

New Book!

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This May Amberley will be publishing Toy Story Collectibles, a book that I authored along with my wife Holly. She has been collecting these amazing toys for over twenty years and has some great pieces to show off. This will be my final collectibles-themed book for awhile, as I am focusing on history and biographical works. My sixth book will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

Coast to Coast AM Interview

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I had a great time as a guest on the popular radio show Coast to Coast AM this past friday. You can check out the show and my profile on their site.

A Secret History of Brands

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My first non-fiction history book is up on Amazon! This one will amaze and astound you! :)

Ghostbusters Collectables Sample Chapter

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Enjoy this sample chapter from Ghostbusters Collectables by Matt MacNabb Published by Amberley Books July 2016
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Chapter One: Ghostbusters: The 1984 Feature Film
The landscape of American cinema and pop culture both changed drastically on one fateful day, June 8, 1984. The day that Ghostbusters exploded into theaters had a profound impact. Its been over 30 years and fans are still celebrating this now classic supernatural comedy film that continues to resonate so very strongly.
It feels like a given now, but back in 1984 there were no movies about ghost hunters and certainly none that took the topic even remotely seriously. Filmation had produced a live action series in the 1970s with the same title, featuring two goofy Ghosthunters and their gorilla friend. Fans would later see that concept turned into a competing cartoon in 1986. 
The beauty of Ghostbusters was the mixture of horror and comedy that almost felt legitmate in some way. The concept for Ghostbuster…

Batman's Arsenal: An Encyclopedic Chronicle Sample Chapter

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Enjoy this sample chapter from Batman's Arsenal: An Unauthorized Encyclopedic Chronicle by Matt MacNabb Published March 2016 by Opus Books
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Batman and Guns

Guns may be as American as apple pie, but Batman is known for eschewing deadly weapons in his fight against crime. Though that wasn’t always the case. Batman actually carried a handgun when first introduced, at least for a short time, and ever since then the vigilante, like America, has had a long, conflicted history with firearms.

Gunpowder was developed back in the ninth century by Chinese alchemists. It was initially intended as a remedy for various skin infections, but like so many things invented for a positive use, military forces learned they could turn it to their advantage. The first airplane flew in 1903, and the first aerial bombs were dropped during World War I. The tenth century brought the world the Chinese Fire Lance, the first gunpowder device to shoot shrapnel at a target. The fire lance w…