Best Man

When I got married, 24 years ten months and 30 days ago, my best man stood by my side. That was nothing new; he’d been at my side since I was born.
I’ve made some really great decisions in my life (along with some pretty lousy ones), but none has turned out better than choosing Harry […]

Why I Write — Part 2

Have you ever heard of Bill Donovan? How about Mildred Gillars? Robert Jackson? Jimmy Byrnes? Each is a real person who influenced affairs and who also influenced my books—yet is little remembered today.
Bill Donovan, also known as “Wild Bill,” was a football star at Columbia University just after the turn of the 20th Century. He earned a […]

Why I Write — Part 1

I’ve long been fascinated with World War II and the innumerable stories arising from it. The conflict reached from tiny villages in remote places to the major capitals of the world and ensnared hundreds of millions of people–and every one of them had a story.
Growing up, the stories that first captured my attention were those […]


June 6 marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, when the Allies invaded France in World War II. Seaborne invasions against a heavily fortified enemy are fraught with peril. The Allies had achieved air superiority. They had kept secret their invasion plans so that the Germans didn’t know where to concentrate their forces. The Allies also […]

Eight Years

I read one of those self-help articles once which advocated writing out your goals. The idea was if you committed that goal to paper, you were more likely to actually do the work to achieve said goal. Being young and impressionable, I took the advice and made a list, long since vanished, of what I […]