Neptune’s Inferno (2011) is a full narrative account of the epic naval campaign for the seas around Guadalcanal in the South Pacific in late 1942. America’s first concerted offensive of World War II, the six-month contest for control of those vital seaways involved seven major naval battles in which the U.S. proved it had the implacable will to match the Imperial Japanese war machine blow for violent blow. Written from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, it is the first major work on this essential subject in almost two decades. It was a New York Times bestseller and a selection of the Navy’s Professional Reading Program.
Mr. Hornfischer is also co-author of the NYTimes bestseller, 'Service' by Marcus Luttrell.
Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor,
tells the astonishing story of his return to the battlefield after
Operation Redwing—as immortalized in his book and the feature film
directed by Peter Berg—and offers powerful new details about his
miraculous rescue. A thrilling war story, Service is a tribute to the warrior brotherhood—and to the idea that no one goes it alone.
James D. Hornfischer is the author of three books, most recently Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal.
Hornfischer is the author of two other acclaimed works of World War II naval history: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour and Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors, both published by Bantam.
Hornfischer’s writing career has grown out of a lifelong interest in the Pacific war. He has appeared on television on The History Channel, Fox News Channel’s “War Stories with Oliver North” and C-SPAN’s “BookTV.” A frequent speaker on the subject of the war in the Pacific, the U.S. Navy, and the experience of America’s sailors in World War II, he frequently addresses veterans organizations, youth and civic groups, and professional naval organizations on the inspiring stories found in his books.
A native of Massachusetts, and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States, the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an “Admiral in the Texas Navy.” A former New York book editor, Hornfischer is president of the literary agency Hornfischer Literary Management, located in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and their three children.
You can find out more about this amazing author at www.jameshornfischer.com