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 2003 Mel Ayton acted as the historical adviser for the BBC's television documentary,The Kennedy Dynasty. Article here: 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.
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Mel Ayton's book Hunting The President was published by Regnery History in 2014.
The author was invited to appear on Fox Television News (The Sean Hannity Show) to discuss his newly- revealed assassination attempts on American presidents. (Click here)
The book received nation-wide acclaim from Michael Medved on The Michael Medved Show – "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.........."
Mel Ayton also appeared on The Dennis Miller Show and numerous regional and national US radio shows. News stories about the book appeared in the US national press including the New York Post, the Pittsburgh Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and many US regional newspapers and magazines. Major news stories about the book appeared in UK newspapers including the Daily Mail and the Daily Express.
In 2017 the prequel to Mel Ayton's book Hunting The President, - Plotting To Kill The President – Assassination Attempts - From Washington To Hoover - was published by Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press. See here: