Mercenary Pen is the home for some of Will Caverly’s work. Currently he’s writing a history of Philadelphia urban planning in the 1950’s. He also writes and podcasts on civil and political conflict (The Tinderbox Podcast), music and movies (What Up Brotha Podcast), outdoors and hunting, and some fiction. If you want to order copies of my books, try Amazon or the Facebook shop. The other way to support him is to subscribe to this blog.

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