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D.W. Duke, relative and family genealogist, pens new historical fiction novel of Duke family tales.

Temecula, CA (PRWEB) June 23, 2014

Duke University is widely known for its rich, southern roots and tradition, just like the famous family it is named after. Although you may be familiar with the acclaimed university, how much do you know about the family history behind it?

D.W. Duke is a historian, genealogist and relative of the famous Duke family responsible for starting their namesake university, numerous charitable institutions and a multibillion-dollar empire. His new novel, The Duke Legacy, is a piece of intriguing historical fiction based on actual events.

The novel works off more than 200 years of stories passed down from Duke family members as well as actual documentation, then melded into an inspirational story of the life and lineage of Washington Duke, the founding member of the family fortune.

Most of what I know about Washington Dukes younger years I heard from stories my grandmother, Sarah Taylor Duke, told me, Duke said. Washington Duke is an example of a person who fought against all odds to bring equity, happiness and justice to others, and given his impact in the lives of so many people, it seemed unfortunate that more was not known about him.

The Duke Legacy also includes never-before-published legal documents regarding the lawsuit surrounding the Doris Duke estate and the heiress mysterious death in 1993.

I hope to fill in some gaps between what is widely known and what is preserved in family folklore, letters, court documents and other records, Duke said. The Duke legacy is more than just an inheritance. It is a view of the world formed in the crucible of dark moments of the nation and of individual lives.

The Duke Legacy
By D.W. Duke
ISBN: 978-1-4917-2620-4
Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iUniverse online bookstores

About the Author
D.W. Duke is a California attorney and a Duke family historian and genealogist. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and his juris doctor from Washington University School of Law. He is the author of five books and dozens of articles, mostly concerning law. The Duke Legacy is his second novel.

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