A few words about book's author
W.E.B. Griffin is a storyteller in the grand tradition, probably the best man around for describing the military community—Tom Clancy
W.E.B. Griffin is the author of more than thirty epic novels in five series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany, and ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.
In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at Phillips University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. In Korea he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a combat correspondent and later served as acting X Corps (Group) information officer under Lieutenant General White.
On his release from active duty in 1953, Mr. Griffin was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Mr. Griffin is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, and the Armor Association.
He was the 1991 recipient of the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, and the August 1999 recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, presented at the 100th National Convention in Kansas City.
He has been vested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association, and the Order of St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees by Norwich University, the nations first and oldest private military college, and by Troy State University (Ala.). He was the graduation dinner speaker for the class of 1988 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He has been awarded honorary membership in the Special Forces Association; the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association; the Marine Raiders Association; and the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association.
He is the co-founder, with historian Colonel Carlo DEste, of the William E. Colby Seminar on Intelligence, Military, and Diplomatic Affairs. (www.norwich.edu/symposium/)
Mr. Griffins novels, known for their historical accuracy, have been praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for their fierce, stop-for-nothing scenes.
Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he enjoys reading my books, Mr. Griffin says.
Mr. Griffin divides his time between the Gulf Coast and Buenos Aires.
With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller. Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that — little did he know at the time — would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary. In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didnt begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffins well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men. Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series — including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others. While Griffins public persona is a bit of an enigma — hes not one to make the talk show rounds — its clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books.
Good To Know
Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University. He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association. Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.