Paul Stillwell is an independent historian and retired naval officer. He worked for thirty years at the U.S. Naval Institute as an oral historian and editor of Naval History magazine. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including four on battleships and an award-winning volume on the Navy's first African American officers, The Golden Thirteen.

Articles by Paul Stillwell

Billy Hurley III raises the Quicken Loans National PGA trophy

From Annapolis to the Pros

By Paul Stillwell
October 2016
On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late June, a previously obscure golfer named Billy Hurley III won the Quicken Loans National PGA Tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda ...
Author Tom Clancy in 1984

The Making of a Best Seller

By Paul Stillwell
October 2014
This fall marks the 30th anniversary of the Naval Institute Press’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. It put the Press on the map, led to ...

The Caine Mutiny

By Paul Stillwell
June 2014
In brief, Ensign Willie Keith, a fictional alter ego for author Herman Wouk, was commissioned as a 90-day wonder reserve officer. He traveled to Pearl Harbor in 1943 to join ...
Painting of USS Thresher underway by Carl Evers

Thresher and the CNO

By Paul Stillwell
March 2013
Just as spring was spreading its renewing warmth to the nation, the stunning news in 1963 was chilling. Nuclear submarines had been in service since only the mid-1950s, yet in ...

Books by Paul Stillwell