David Sears is the author of four books, including Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan (DaCapo, 2011). He earned 2017 Naval History Author of the Year honors for his pair of articles in the February issue: “Flying the Empire Express” and “Pipeline to Freedom.” He currently is writing a book to be published by Naval Institute Press about a classic World War II duel between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a U-boat in the North Atlantic.

Articles by David Sears

During World War II, Samuel Morison's closest brush with death came when a kamikaze targeted the battleship Tennessee (right).

Sam Morison's War

By David Sears
February 2020
How a 54-year-old Harvard professor transformed into Lieutenant Commander Samuel Eliot Morison, USNR, and became the American naval Thucydides of World War II.