Mark Pendergrast

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"Pendergrast is an affable guide on a wondrously labyrinthine tour. He explains complex phenomena with remarkable clarity, in a relaxed tone, and with a sense of humor."

—Philadelphia Inquirer


"Mark Pendergrast, the ultimate free-lance journalist with an eclectic mind, writes about deceptively narrow topics that in fact have figured in world history for millennia."

—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City on the Verge: Atlanta and the fight for America’s Urban Future


Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth — or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial injustice. Yet it is also an energetic, brash young city that prides itself on pragmatic solutions and its ability to rise Phoenix-like yet again.


Click on the title or cover image to go to the book's site.

Regarding City on the Verge

“An enchanting story of a Sunbelt city that will captivate both urban planners and the general public. An Atlanta native, the author brings an engaging and insightful voice to this work, and his research is meticulously thorough.”

– Library Journal


"Repressed memory" is a pseudoscientific fallacy at the heart of all three of these books

For much more information about each of these titles, click on the cover to get to their own page

Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster.  But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy?  Mark Pendergrast’s The Most Hated Man in America reads like a true crime psychological thriller and is required reading for everyone from criminologists to sports fans.

The repressed-memory craze that tore apart millions of families in the 1980s and ̛90s has been repudiated by the consensus of scientists who study human memory. However, Mark Pendergrast, who helped to expose this scourge more than twenty years ago in his book Victims of Memory, now revisits the subject, and finds that it is coming back, perhaps as virulent as ever, turning loving family relationships into nightmarish battlegrounds.

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the concept of repressed memories. It provides a history and context that documents key events that have had an effect on the way that modern psychology and psychotherapy have developed. Chapters provide an overview of how human memory functions and works and examine facets of the misguided theories behind repressed memory. The book also examines the science of the brain, the reconstructive nature of human memory, and studies of  suggestibility.

These links are to each of the publisher's book website. I encourage you to buy my books at your local bookstore a first choice.  My books are available as well online.

Adult Books

Children's Books




Mark has appeared in these documentaries

Mark Pendergrast helped to edit and facilitate the publication of these outstanding books:

Shift, poems by Marylen Grigas


The Aftermath by Henry Lilienheim

Neighborhood Naturalist by Nan Pendergrast

For Love of the British Isles by Nan Pendergrast

About Mark



Mark Pendergrast was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the fourth of seven children in a family that valued civil rights, the environment, sailing, reading, and games of chase and charades. He earned a B.A. in English literature from Harvard, taught high school and elementary school, then went back to Simmons College for a master’s in library science and worked as an academic librarian—all the while writing freelance articles for newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he began writing books full time, which allows him to follow his rather eclectic interests.


Pendergrast’s books have been published in 15 languages. For God, Country & Coca-Cola was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, and Discover Magazine chose Mirror Mirror as one of the top science books of the year. Pendergrast has given speeches to professional groups, business associations, and college audiences in the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Germany. He has appeared on dozens of television shows, including the Today Show, CBS This Morning, and CNN, and has been interviewed on over 100 radio programs, including All Things Considered, Marketplace, and many other public radio shows. He lives in Colchester, Vermont.


Mark Pendergrast is also a singer


Mark began singing Broadway tunes as a kid along with his parents during road trips and harmonized with his older brother to Kingston Trio songs. Now he is in a great Vermont choral group called Social Band and has begun to put poetry to music for Social Band concerts. Here are links.


"One Leaf"

"Green Mountain Idyll"

"Ah! Sunflower"


As part of Social Band, Mark got to sing in a quartet, beginning with a solo here:



Mark also enjoys harmonizing in folk duos. Here are a few samples:

"Night Rider's Lament" with Lily Jacobson

"Streamwalk" with Sophia Donforth

"Flying" with Sophia Donforth

"Your Daughters and Your Sons" with Sophia Donforth

"Don't Need This Body" with Michael Wilson

"Let Them In, Peter" with Kevin Dann

"Last Kiss" with Steve LeClair

"Kumbaya" with Wicha Promyong (1950-2014), a tribute to a compassionate visionary who helped the village of Doi Chang succeed with coffee.

"Donald Trump Satirical Song," which Mark wrote several months before the election of Mr. Trump


Give a Micro-Credit Loan Through Kiva.Org


Mark Pendergrast has donated $100 to, which is a wonderful way to keep four $25 micro-credit loans circulating at any given time to entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Togo, Uganda, Philippines, Cambodia, Pakistan, Peru, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua.... in developing countries around the world. Please consider loaning $25 or more. You can make such a difference from your home computer. Once the loan is repaid, you can take your money back or re-loan it.

Help the National Center for Reason and Justice


Mark Pendergrast is a volunteer with the National Center for Reason and Justice, a non-profit organization that educates and advocates for child-protective laws and criminal justice practices based on science, fairness, and good sense, and that supports people who are falsely accused or convicted of crimes against children. If you want to help those whose lives are upended by such false allegations, contact the NCRJ. Mark also corresponds with prisoners in solitary confinement (a form of legalized torture) through Solitary Watch.

Mark Pendergrast


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Just a Note

Mark Pendergrast is stubborn about having a lot on this home page, so scroll down for his children's books, do-good causes, and singing.