James D. Hornfischer
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James D. Hornfischer

James D. Hornfischer's books have led reviewers to rate him as one of the most commanding naval historians writing today. His most recent book is the national bestseller "The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945" (Bantam Books, 2016).

Recipient of the Navy League's 2017 Commodore John Barry Book Award, "The Fleet at Flood Tide" portrays the crescendo of the U.S. Navy's WWII Central Pacific campaign, covering the air, land and sea operations that seized the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Guam, as well as the strategic air operations conducted from the Marianas that ended the war.

"Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal" (2011), a New York Times bestseller, was chosen as a best book of the year by numerous book reviews. "Ship of Ghosts" (2006) told the story of the cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) and the odyssey of its crew in Japanese captivity. "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" (2004), a combat narrative about the Battle off Samar, won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on "war as soldiers know it" and by Naval History magazine as one of "a dozen Navy classics." Hornfischer has also collaborated with Marcus Luttrell, the bestselling author of "Lone Survivor," on Luttrell's second autobiography, "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" (2012).

All of Hornfischer's books have been selections of the Navy Professional Reading program, managed by the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV). He is a regular contributor for the Wall Street Journal and has written for Smithsonian, Naval History, Naval Institute Proceedings, and other periodicals. He has lectured at the U.S. Naval Academy, Marine Corps University at Quantico, the National WWII Museum, the National Museum of the Pacific War, and other venues.

Hornfischer's motivation to write about the U.S. military reaches back to his childhood, from his explorations of the school library's 940.54 Dewey Decimal section, building Monogram and Revell model ships and aircraft, watching "Black Sheep Squadron" on NBC (sublimely ahistorical but redeemed by Robert Conrad's portrayal of Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington of VMF-214), and absorbing the epic intonations of Laurence Olivier in "The World at War" on PBS.

A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their children.

Author photo: © Mark Matson, www.matsonphoto.net

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