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Phillip Thomas Tucker, Ph.D., is a prolific writer and award-winning American historian who has authored a large number of ground-breaking books devoted to some of the most fascinating aspects of America's story. He has been long nationally recognized for his uncanny ability to unearth long-overlooked, but important, aspects of the American Experience. For more than a quarter century as an accomplished author, Dr. Tucker has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to bring to life a good many forgotten historical events and figures (both men and women in first-ever biographies) in a wide variety of diverse fields: Civil War, Texas Revolutionary War, Irish, Women's, Aviation, Southern, Caribbean, and American Revolutionary War history. Along with a state (Missouri) writing award won in the same year, the author also won the prestigious Douglas Southall Freeman Award for the best book (a biography of Ireland-born Father John B. Bannon) in Southern History in 1993. The author 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. 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. In this capacity for more than two decades, he served as a historian at military bases from the east coast to the west coast, and even on the gulf coast. However, the author spent most of his DoD career in the Washington, D.C., area, including working in a high-level capacity at the Pentagon.