Jeremy Black is a native of Great Britain, a professor of history at the University of Exeter, England, and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of America and the West. His many books include Rethinking Military History (Routledge, 2004); War and the World: Military Power and the Fate of Continents, 1450–2000 (Yale University Press, 1998); and War for America: The Fight for Independence, 1775–1783 (Diane Publishing Co., 2004).
S. Scot Christenson is the director of communications for the U.S. Naval Institute. A frequent contributor to USNI News, he began his career as a television producer and journalist before going on to develop and manage public-relations strategies for a wide range of organizations including amusement parks, zoos, think tanks, and lobbying firms.
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 2010). His 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).
Lieutenant Commander Richard Lee, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy, a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, completed naval flight officer training and was assigned to Patrol Squadron 47 to fly P-3C Orions. After completing seminary school, he became a Navy chaplain in 2006 and served with Destroyer Squadron 50 and Marines at Quantico, Hawaii, and Okinawa. He is currently the regimental chaplain with the 12th Marine Regiment, Camp Hansen, Okinawa.
Commander Peter B. Mersky, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired), has written 16 books on Navy and Marine Corps aviation, including his seminal history U.S. Marine Corps Aviation 1912–Present (Naval Institute Press, 4th ed., 2009). He would like to thank Ben Kristy, the aviation curator at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and Kara Newcomer, the photo historian at U.S. Marine Corps History Division, for their help in photo research.
Gary Staff worked for Australian airlines as a maintenance engineer and finished his career as a training captain. He has published several books on Germany’s Imperial Navy, including German Battlecruisers of World War One: Their Design, Construction and Operations (Naval Institute Press, 2014) and Skagerrak: The Battle of Jutland Through German Eyes (Pen and Sword), due out this summer.
Doug Stanton is the author of the bestsellers In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors (Henry Holt, 2003) and Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan (Scribner, 2009). He has traveled extensively as a contributing editor for Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Outside magazines.