About the Author
PAUL STILLWELL, an independent historian, is the editor or author of nine previous books, including one on submarines titled Sharks of Steel,
which he coauthored with Vice Adm. Robert Y. Kaufman. Other books include three collections of oral histories: Air Raid: Pearl Harbor! Recollections of a Day of Infamy, Assault on Normandy: First-Person Accounts from the Sea Services,
and The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers.
In addition, he wrote three illustrated battleship histories of the USS Arizona, New Jersey,
that are filled with stories of crew-members. All of these titles were published by the Naval Institute Press. The Golden Thirteen
was named by the New York Times
as one of the notable history books of 1993. Stillwell has been a frequent guest on network and cable television programs, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery Channel, A&E, and the History Channel.
Stillwell was director of the U.S. Naval Institute's history division from 1993 to 2004. Prior to that he served as the first editor-in-chief of the Institute's Naval History magazine and earlier was managing editor of the organization's Proceedings magazine. From 1982 to 2004 he served as director of the Naval Institute s oral history program, one of the oldest and largest in the United States.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Stillwell is a retired Naval Reserve commander who served in the late 1960s on board the tank landing ship Washoe County and the battleship New Jersey. He and his wife Karen live in Arnold, Maryland. They are the parents of three sons, James, Robert, and Joseph.