Richard B. Frank
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Richard B. Frank

Richard B. Frank is a graduate of the University of Missouri (1969) and Georgetown University Law Center (1976). He served in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Divisions as an aero rifle platoon leader. He is an independent scholar specializing in the Asia-Pacific War. In 1990, he published his first book Guadalcanal. It won the General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award for the best book about Marine Corps history that year. His second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, appeared in 1999. It won the Harry S. Truman Book Award and has been called one of the six best books in English about World War II by Dr. Gerhard Weinberg. Both Random House books became main selections of the History Book Club. In 2007, he completed MacArthur as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series. Besides his numerous appearances on television and radio, he was a consultant for the epic HBO miniseries, “The Pacific.” He serves on the Board of Presidential Councilors of the U.S. National World War II Museum, including a term as head of that body. He is the principal historical consultant for the museum’s major exhibit titled “The Road to Tokyo.” He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy covering the entire Asia-Pacific War 1937-1945 for W.W. Norton & company. It is the first work in any language to give balanced coverage to not only the maritime war between Japan and the US, but also the continental conflict that ranged across Asia. It further explores how this war shaped the world of the twenty-first century. The first volume of the trilogy, Tower of Skulls, covering the period July 1937 to May 1942, will be published on March 3, 2020. It has received starred reviews in both Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.
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