More About the Author
Daniel Allen Butler is a maritime and military historian, the author (through September 2011) of nine books. Some of his previous works include "Unsinkable"--the Full Story of RMS Titanic; Distant Victory-the Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War; The Age of Cunard-A Transatlantic History, 1839-2003; The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic was Lost; The Burden of Guilt: How Germany Shattered the Last Days of Peace, Summer 1914; and Shadow of the Sultan's Realm: the Destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East.
Educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen, Butler served in the United States Army before becoming a full time author. He is an internationally-recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular guest-speaker, having given presentations at the National Archives in Washington DC, the Mariners Museum, and in the United Kingdom. He has also been frequently included in the on-board enrichment series of Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, as well as the ships of the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines.
Butler is currently at work on three new projects: The Field Marshal, a biography of Erwin Rommel; The Last Field of Glory: Waterloo, 1815, a history of the Hundred Days; and Of All Things to be Won, the story of the Declaration of Arbroath.
A self-proclaimed "semi-professional beach bum," Butler divides what little time he spends away from his writing between wandering long stretches of warm, sandy beaches, his love of woodworking, his passion for British sports cars, and his fascination with building model ships. After living and working in Los Angeles, California, for several years, Butler has recently relocated--permanently, he hopes!--to Atlantic Beach, Florida, where the beaches are better.