More About the Author
Phillip Thomas Tucker, Ph.D., has won widespread national acclaim as an award-winning American historian 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. He has devoted a career to correcting and updating key moments in American history. As an accomplished author well-known for breaking new ground and overturning myths and antiquated views, 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, Civil War, and Texas Revolutionary War history. Dr. Tucker has recently written books about vital 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 well-deserved recognition where it has been long overdue. Consequently, in making significant contributions to multiple fields of study from newly-found primary documentation, Dr. Tucker has most often gone down the road least traveled by other traditional American historians by bringing to life little-known figures, who have made significant contributions to America's story. The author has often placed an emphasis on the most forgotten and marginalized players in America's saga, especially the long-overlooked common soldiers from the American Revolution to the Second World War. He has succeeded in returning these always marginalized individuals back to their rightful place in America's historical narrative. 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 (black and white) who played significant roles. The author has also focused on promoting some of the most interesting aspects of state history, from Texas to Missouri, especially during the Civil War period. Dr. Tucker has repeatedly provided fresh historical insights and new views that allows us the opportunity to not only rethink but also to better understand America's past on many levels. Consequently, the author has long focused on presenting corrective and updated interpretations of some of the leading events in American history, while successfully challenging long-accepted interpretations and exposing myths. After winning a state (Missouri) writing award for the same ground-breaking book, Dr. Tucker won the prestigious Douglas Southall Freeman Award (national) for the best book (a biography of a remarkable Ireland-born priest, Father John B. Bannon) 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. Tucker graduated with a Ph.D. (4.0 GPA) in American History from Saint Louis University in 1990. During this early period, the author also authored more than 60 scholarly articles in a 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, courier, roofer, short order cook, farm laborer, driver, restaurant manager, etc. After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Tucker then embarked upon a distinguished career as a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian historian, specializing on various aspects of United States Air Force History. For more than two decades, he then 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 lengthy DoD career in the Washington, D.C., area, which included researching and writing in a high-level historian position at the Pentagon. Today, 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.