“Hornfischer is quickly establishing himself as doing for the Navy what popular historian Stephen Ambrose did for the Army.” —Rocky Mountain News

James D. Hornfischer is an award-winning naval historian. He is the author of The Fleet at Flood Tide, Neptune’s Inferno, Ship of Ghosts, and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers and selections of the U.S. Navy Professional Reading Program, maintained by the Chief of Naval Operations. A native of Massachusetts, he lives with his family in Austin, Texas.


NPR: The Harrowing Last Day Of The USS Houston

Interview by Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday

Revisiting Samuel Eliot Morison’s Landmark History

The famous historian’s eyewitness accounts of the Navy during World War II—now being reissued—won’t be surpassed Read the piece in Smithsonian

Live on C-SPAN2: Hidden Histories of WWII

At the Texas Book Festival in Austin, I moderated a great discussion with Meredith Hindley (Destination Casablanca) and Liza Mundy (Code Girls) on the fascinating history and stories behind their books. https://www.c-span.org/video/?435913-8/author-discussion-world-war-ii

Live stream on Guadalcanal: National WWII Museum

Thanks to my friends at the National WWII Museum for hosting a livestream session on the Guadalcanal naval campaign Looking forward to the museum’s International Conference in November 2017.

My review for WSJ: Endgame in the Pacific

In the war’s grim final months, the human cost of invading Japan weighed upon America’s leaders. James D. Hornfischer reviews ‘Implacable Foes’ by Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio. https://www.wsj.com/articles/endgame-in-the-pacific-1497043755