More About the Author
Phillip Thomas Tucker, Ph.D., has won widespread national acclaim as an award-winning American historian and prolific writer of some of the most iconic and fascinating aspects of American history. After earning three degrees in American history, Dr. Tucker has authored an impressive number of ground-breaking books devoted to some of the most important chapters of America's story. He has become nationally recognized for an often-demonstrated ability to unearth long-overlooked, but important, aspects of the American Experience. As an accomplished author widely known for breaking new ground, Dr. Tucker has repeatedly proven the ability to bring vividly to life many forgotten historical events and personalities (both men and women in first-ever biographies) in a wide variety of diverse fields: Irish, Aviation, Women's, Southern, African American, Caribbean, American Revolutionary War, and Texas Revolutionary War history. However, as of late, Dr. Tucker has written books about some of the key turning point moments of American history, from Washington's Crossing and the battle of Trenton to Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. For more than two decades, the author has focused considerable attention on the forgotten contributions of the Irish in the Civil War (both sides), America Revolution, and Texas Revolution, including at the Alamo. Most of all, the author has long specialized in presenting new perspectives and bestowing deserved recognition where it has been long overdue. Consequently, in making significant contributions to multiple fields of study, Dr. Tucker has most often gone down the road least traveled by other American historians by bringing to light little-known figures, who have made important contributions to America. The author has most often placed an emphasis on the most forgotten and marginalized players in America's story, including America's long-overlooked common soldiers from the American Revolution to the Second World War. Dr. Tucker's books are a glowing tribute to not only the heroism of the American fighting man from the American Revolution to the Second World War, but also to those forgotten women who played their significant roles in America's story. Likewise, the author has also focused on promoting some of the most interesting aspects of state history, from Texas to Missouri. Most of all, Dr. Tucker has repeatedly provided fresh historical insights and new views that allows us to not only rethink but also to better understand America's past. Consequently, the author has long focused on presenting corrective interpretations of some of the leading events in American history, while successfully challenging long-accepted interpretations and exposing myths. Besides winning a state (Missouri) writing award, Dr. Tucker also won the prestigious Douglas Southall Freeman Award for the best book (a biography of a remarkable Ireland-born priest and man of God) in Southern History in 1993. The author also earned membership in the National History Honor Program (Phi Alpha Theta), while attending Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Tucker graduated with a Ph.D. in American History from Saint Louis University in 1990. During this early period, he also authored more than 60 scholarly articles in a wide variety of historical publications. While working his way through college, the author gained diverse personal experiences from a wide range of occupations across the United States: teacher, barge worker on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, court clerk, roofer, short order cook, farm laborer, truck driver, etc. After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Tucker then embarked upon a distinguished career as a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian historian, specializing in United States Air Force History. For more than two decades, he served as a historian at military bases from the east coast to the west coast, and also on the gulf coast. However, the author spent most of his DoD career in the Washington, D.C., area, which included researching and writing in a high-level historian position at the Pentagon. Dr. Tucker has become the most prolific writer of American history in the Washington, D.C., area. Over the years, he has also presented scores of lectures at Civil War Round Tables, bookstores, libraries, military bases, and DoD organizations across the United States. The author has also conducted staff rides for top DoD military and civilian leadership at some of America's major eastern battlefields. Raised in Florissant, Missouri, in north St. Louis County near the Missouri River, Dr. Tucker lives today in the Washington, D.C., area.