The Friendly Little War of Lyman Cutler

In 1859, American and English settlers on a Pacific Northwest island were friendly neighbors who didn’t know or care which country owned it.  But an American General and an English Governor did care, and they were ready to plunge their countries into war over the issue.  An easy-going newcomer named Lyman Cutler accidentally gave them the excuse they needed.  

The major players in the armed confrontation that followed included some famous historical figures, and what they actually said and did gave this international crisis a comical overtone.  

The Friendly Little War of Lyman Cutler is faithful to the facts, and the facts are as funny as the fiction.

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Michael Bunnell has raised aphids for the USDA, voiced radio and TV commercials, worked as a deckhand on a shrimp boat, driven trucks and buses, stomped mint, sold Christmas trees, managed a camera store, and more.  A lot more, actually.

Since the age of 18, writing has been the single continuous thread running through the tapestry of an ever-changing mix of jobs which he hesitantly describes as his “career”.  He has published hundreds of essays, scores of magazine articles, and three novels.  He has also written screenplays, TV scripts, news and sports reports, advertisements, and a one-act stage play.  

As a boy, he spent two years on San Juan Island where his family lived on the site of actual events which inspired The Friendly Little War of Lyman Cutler.