James Hornfischer

James Hornfischer is the author of three acclaimed works of WWII naval history: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour; Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruise, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivor; Neptune’s Inferno: The US Navy at Guadalcanal; and most recently, The Flood at Fleet Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944–1945.

Hornfischer’s writing career has grown out of a lifelong interest in the Pacific war. He has appeared on television on the History Channel, Fox News Channel’s War Stories with Oliver North, and C-SPAN’s BookTV.

A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States and the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an “Admiral in the Texas Navy.” A former New York book editor, Hornfischer is president of the literary agency Hornfischer Literary Management in Austin, Texas.