Norman C. Delaney was named the Naval History 2011 Author of the Year for a pair of articles about Kearsarge and Alabama sailors: “‘I Didn’t Feel Excited a Mite’” (December 2010) and “The Alabama’s ‘Bold and Determined Man’” (August). Dr. Delaney’s books include John McIntosh Kell of the Raider Alabama (University of Alabama Press, 2003) and The Maltby Brothers’ Civil War (Texas A&M University Press, 2013).
John B. Hattendorf is the E. J. King Professor of Maritime History and Executive Director of the Museum at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. A former U.S. Navy officer with degrees in history from Kenyon College, Brown University, and the University of Oxford, he is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 40 books, including Harbors and High Seas (Owl Books, 1996) and Maritime History: The Eighteenth Century and the Classic Age of Sail (Krieger, 1997).
Louis Arthur Norton, University of Connecticut professor emeritus, has published extensively on maritime history. His books include Joshua Barney: Hero of the Revolutionary War and 1812 (Naval Institute Press, 2000) and Captains Contentious: The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine (University of South Carolina Press, 2009).
Abraham Rabinovich was born in New York City and graduated from Brooklyn College. After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as a journalist for Newsday and other New York–area dailies. He later moved to Israel and became a feature writer for The Jerusalem Post. Apart from The Boats of Cherbourg (revised eBook edition, 2013), he is the author of The Yom Kippur War (Schocken, 2004), The Battle for Jerusalem (self-published, 2012), and Jerusalem on Earth (Free Press, 1988).
Craig L. Symonds is professor emeritus of history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author or coauthor of more than 25 books on naval history, including The Battle of Midway (2011) and Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History (2005). His articles in this issue are excerpted from his new book, Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. All three books are published by Oxford University Press.
Hiller B. Zobel, a retired U.S. Naval Reserve lieutenant, received his B.A. and LL.B. from Harvard University. Other career highlights include working as a lawyer, a professor at Boston College Law School, and an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He has written The Boston Massacre (1980) and coauthored Doctors and the Law (1993), both published by W. W. Norton, as well as various articles on law and history.