Richard B. Frank is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and retired attorney. His first book, Guadalcanal (Random House, 1990), won the General Wallace M. Greene Award from the U.S. Marine Corps. His second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire (Random House, 1999), won the Harry S. Truman Book Award. Besides his numerous appearances on television and radio, he was a consultant for the epic HBO miniseries The Pacific. He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asian-Pacific War.
Thomas C. Hone is a recently retired member of the faculty of the Naval War College and a former senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He and his son Trent are the authors of Battle Line: The United States Navy, 1919–1939 (Naval Institute Press, 2006). Dr. Hone also edited the recently released book The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy’s Greatest Victory (2013).