am a military historian, film biographer, occasional professor, and
television consultant. I hope you will want to explore the many aspects
of my life and work.
Shortly before my 28th birthday, a close
friend observed that if I had not published my first book by then,
I would never have my work in print. Guts & Glory, a study of
the symbiotic relationship between the film industry and the United
States armed services, appeared two months before my 40th birthday.
Since then, I have written
a history of the Army’s nuclear power program, a history
of Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, a volume of
documents on propaganda in film, Sailing on the Silver
Screen, and in 2002, a revised, expanded edition of Guts
& Glory, which carried the history of the mutual exploitation
by the military and Hollywood through Pearl Harbor to We
Were Soldiers and Windtalkers in
For all my books, I have conducted
now numbering more than 1,000. These have included ones with
John Wayne, Bob Hope, Neil Armstrong, Frank Capra, William
Wellman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, Curtis LeMay, Jimmy
Doolittle, and David Shoup. As I recount in my article “Beating
the Grim Reaper,” I often reached a person
just in time, but sometimes, I arrived too late.
Since completing Stars and Stripes on Screen, in 2005. Dolores and I have been researching and writing the first full - length biography of Fred Zinnemann, the director of
such movies as High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma,
The Nun’s Story, A Man for All Seasons, The Day of the
Jackal, and Julia.
Suid and John Wayne, 1974
that book is completed, I hope to write a history of the changing
images of Germany and the Holocaust in Hollywood films. My
premise is that the Cold War actually started on November
5, 1943, when the War Department directed the motion picture
industry to stop making atrocity movies. And, from the beginning
of 1944, at least into the 1970s, Hollywood portrayed only
“good” Germans and blamed the Holocaust on Hitler
and his few Nazi henchmen.
By the time
the book appears, I hope to be spending at least half of every
year on a narrow boat cruising the English canals from London
to York and from Wales to the English Channel. I will be happy
to share my experiences on the canals or discuss any of my
work with you.