ROD GRAGG is a historian and the author of twenty book on topics in American history. His publishers include four of the "Big Five" trade publishers, among others. His works have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military History Book Club. His literary awards include the Douglas Southall Freeman History Prize, the Fletcher Pratt Award, and the James I. Robertson Award. One of his books, Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher, was the basis of a PBS film of the same name, and another, Forged in Faith, was nominated for the George Washington Book Prize.