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Stephen Harding

Biography

Stephen Harding

Stephen Harding is the author of such books as the New York Times bestseller THE LAST BATTLE. He is a longtime journalist specializing in military affairs. For nearly two decades he was on the staff of Soldiers, the official magazine of the U.S. Army, reporting from Northern Ireland, Israel, Egypt, New Zealand, Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. Currently he is editor-in-chief of Military History magazine. His contributions on defense topics and aviation, military, and maritime history have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Air & Space Smithsonian, World War II, Jane's Defense Weekly and Air Enthusiast. He lives in Northern Virginia.

Stephen Harding

Books by Stephen Harding

by Stephen Harding - History, Nonfiction

On December 7, 1941, even as Japanese carrier-launched aircraft flew toward Pearl Harbor, a small American cargo ship chartered by the Army reported that it was under attack from a submarine halfway between Seattle and Honolulu. After that one cryptic message, the humble lumber carrier Cynthia Olson and her crew vanished without a trace, sparking one of the most enduring nautical mysteries of the war. What happened to the ill-fated ship? What happened to her crew? And was she Japan's first American victim of the Pacific War? Based on years of research, DAWN OF INFAMY explores both the military and human aspects of the Cynthia Olson story, bringing to life a complex tale of courage, tenacity, hubris and arrogance in the opening hours of America's war in the Pacific.

by Stephen Harding - History, Nonfiction, World History

THE LAST BATTLE tells the nearly unbelievable story of the unlikeliest battle of the war, when a small group of American tankers, led by Captain Lee, joined forces with German soldiers to fight off fanatical SS troops seeking to capture Castle Itter and execute the stronghold's VIP prisoners. It is a tale of unlikely allies, startling bravery, jittery suspense, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.