Author's Corner

Author's Corner

As we observe the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we are especially proud to introduce just a few of Stackpole's outstanding Military History authors.

JOSEPH BALKOSKI is Command Historian of the Maryland National Guard and an acknowledged expert on World War II's D-Day. He has appeared as a D-Day expert on MSNBC, and his work has been praised by Joe Scarborough, the New York Post, the Washington Times, World War II Magazine, and others.

A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Joe moved there in 1981. His interest in the U.S. Army's 29th Infantry Division developed because many of his neighbors served in it. In 2004 he established the 29th Division Archives at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory, which is now a major research center for World War II scholars. Visit Joe's website,

Fun facts about Joe:

  • His book Omaha Beach was just recognized among The Wall Street Journal's "5 Best D-Day Books," as well as USA Today's "Ten Favorite Books about D-Day."
  • Born in New York City, Joe graduated from Vassar College in 1975, earning his M.A. in History at New York University.
  • He enjoys playing the piano.

Find the complete collection of Joe's D-Day books on this website:

Omaha Beach Utah Beach Beyond the Beachhead From Beachhead to Brittany From Brittany to the Reich Our Tortured Souls

Michael Lanning

MICHAEL LEE LANNING is not only a Stackpole author, but also a retired lieutenant colonel, a veteran of more than twenty years in the U.S. Army. During the Vietnam War he served as an infantry platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, and an infantry company commander. In addition to having earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge and Bronze Star with "V" device with two oak leaf clusters, Lanning is Ranger-qualified and a senior parachutist.

Lanning has authored twenty-one nonfiction books on military history, sports, and health. More than 1.1 million copies of his books are in print in fifteen countries and editions have been translated into twelve languages. He has appeared on major television networks and the History Channel as an expert on the individual soldier on both sides of the Vietnam War.

Lanning was born in Sweetwater, Texas, and is a 1968 graduate of Texas A & M University. He currently resides on the Bolivar Peninsula of Texas.

Fun facts about Michael:

  • He has lived in Southeast Asia, Europe, and on all three U.S. coasts—Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf.
  • He currently lives in a beach house just 50 yards from the Gulf of Mexico surf.
  • He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Texas A & M University Press and HistoryMakers, a Chicago African-American history organization.

Find Michael's new book on the Vietnam War experience on this website:

Tours of Duty

Arthur Sharp

ARTHUR G. SHARP is the author of numerous articles and serves as editor of the First Marine Division's quarterly magazine. He lives near Hartford, Connecticut. Art's newly released Stackpole book, The Siege of LZ Kate, details the desperate defense and against-all-odds escape of 150 Americans and their South Vietnamese allies when surrounded by 5,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers in the fall of 1969.

Fun facts about Art:

  • He has visited every major Civil War battlefield—and many of the minor ones.
  • He once helped capture a rogue alligator in South Carolina as part of his research for an article and learned just how bad bad breath can be. (The alligator's, not his.)
  • Art was an Emergency Medical Technician for twelve years and president of a volunteer ambulance association. He reports that was the toughest job he ever held—even tougher than trapping that alligator.

Find Art's new book on this website:

The Siege of LZ Kate

Stephen Zaloga

STEVEN ZALOGA is a world-renowned armor historian and has appeared in documentaries on the History Channel. He has written more than 100 books on armored vehicles and the U.S. Army and Red Army in World War II. He lives in Abingdon, Maryland.

Fun facts about Steven:

  • You may have just seen him in the PBS documentary D-Day 360, recently broadcast for the commemoration of the battle's 70th anniversary on June 6th.
  • A member of the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society, Steven is a noted scale armor modeler.
  • He received his B.A. from Union College and his M.A. from Columbia. Both degrees are, of course, in History.

Find Steven's books on this website:

Armored Attack 1944 Armored Thunderbolt Armored Victory 1945 The Devil's Garden

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