“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.


National WWII Museum: The 10th International Conference on World War II

It was a pleasure to be part of this sterling program. The whole event is watchable online here (my session with Jonathan Parshall and Walter Borneman, “Sink or Swim: The Naval Commanders,” is the 11th one down in the queue).

WSJ: ‘Five Best: A Personal Choice”

James D. Hornfischer on total war in the Pacific

NPR: The Harrowing Last Day Of The USS Houston

Interview by Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday

A Conversation with the Center for International Maritime Security

“The Fleet at Flood Tide” – A Conversation with Author James D. Hornfischer

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