Mel Ayton's latest book Hunting The President was published in 2014 and received nation-wide acclaim from The Sean Hannity Show, The Michael Medved Show and The Dennis Miller Show, as well as numerous local US radio shows. News stories about the book appeared in the US national press including the New York Post and the Los Angeles Times and many US regional newspapers and magazines. Major stories about the book appeared in UK newspapers including the Daily Mail and The Daily Express.
"The only book of its kind and certainly the best book of its kind...A fascinating and very important book which I heartily recommend.... it's easy to figure out why Mel Ayton's writing has drawn nearly universal praise in the past and for his present volume Hunting The President... Even for people who know American history; even for people who have a special expertise in the history of presidential assassinations; you're going to learn a great deal from (this) new book.........." Salem Communications, The Michael Medved Show. Website here:
Dan Moldea , Robert DiNero and Gus Russo discuss a forthcoming movie about Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa at the Old Europe Restaurant in Washington D.C., 2nd December 2014
"The widely respected Mel Ayton has been cranking out one outstanding book after another. His latest,Hunting the President, might be his best. A true scholar and a real pro, Mel understands what many of today's non-fiction authors simply miss: That the sensational does not need to be sensationalized. Still, with his wonderful writing style, he knows how to tell a great story while remaining faithful to the historian's primary tasks to be accurate, credible, and trustworthy. Mel is the embodiment of all of those qualities." Dan Moldea, author of The Hoffa Wars. Article about Dan's new book here:
In September 2015 TIME magazine published an article by Mel Ayton based on his follow-up to Hunting The President - Hunting The President II.
Mel Ayton - Author Profile
Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books and articles. He has a B.A. degree in Politics and History and a post-graduate degree - M.A. (Dunelm) - from Durham University. The author is also a former Fulbright Teacher in the United States, Deputy Headmaster and college lecturer. He has lived in Africa, Bermuda and the United States. He lives with his wife Sheila in County Durham, England.
In an article by Stephen Kinzer for the UK's Guardian newspaper, Ayton was described as, "one of the few analysts who has fully grasped (the RFK assassination's) Middle East connection". Article here:
David Aaronovitch of the London Times praised the author for "....doing a fabulous job of setting history right".
In 2003 Mel Ayton acted as the historical adviser for the BBC's television documentary,The Kennedy Dynasty. He has appeared in documentaries produced by the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Fox News and NBC News, and has been interviewed by BBC's Newsnight, BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4 News. Ayton has also written articles for a number of leading political and historical periodicals.
In December 2011 the California Attorney General requested Mel Ayton's assistance in preparing a brief challenging Sirhan Sirhan's claim that he is innocent of the 1968 murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The Attorney General was successful in preventing the release of the assassin.
ABOVE RIGHT - Alan Dershowitz with President Obama
In December 2013 a limited leather bound edition of Mel Ayton's 2007 book The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy was produced by the Gryphon Corporation for the 'Notable Trials Library'. The new edition includes a Foreword by acclaimed Harvard professor and author Alan Dershowitz - See here:
In reviewing Mel Ayton's book The Forgotten Terrorist, Max Holland, writer for The Nation and author of The Kennedy Assassination Tapes said the author,"exposes the pseudo-exposers (and) combines a judicious review of the forensic and eyewitness evidence with a firm grasp of the historical context" Acclaimed American investigative journalist Dan Moldea characterized the book as having, "exquisite detail... a well-written, wonderfully researched work". Gus Russo, author of The Outfit and Supermob, recommended The Forgotten Terrorist as "the first and last book to read" on the Robert Kennedy assassination.