Daniel Ford

Biography

Daniel Ford has spent a lifetime reading and writing about the wars of the past hundred years, from the Irish rebellion of 1916 to the counter-guerrilla operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is best known for his history of the American Volunteer Group--the 'Flying Tigers' of the Second World War--and his Vietnam novel that was filmed as Go Tell the Spartans, starring Burt Lancaster. Most recently, he has turned to the invasion of Poland in 1939 by Germany and Soviet Russia. Most of his books and many shorter pieces are available in digital editions He lives and works in New Hampshire.

Books

The High Country Illuminator: A Tale of Light and Darkness and the Ski Bums of Avalon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,650. Language: English. Originally Published: October 16, 2014 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction, Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
"The High Country Illuminator created Avalon by climbing to the fourth tower of old Number One lift and crying: 'Lest there be light!'" Thus begins the madcap adventure of a ski-bum winter toward the end of the 1960s. HCI is otherwise known as George Togalok, a Native American from the Salt River Canyon country. Around him assemble cunning Silver Fox, brainy Duke University, the Outt-keepers...
The Country Northward: A Hiker's Journal
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,710. Language: English. Originally Published: October 16, 2014 by Backcountry Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Mountaineering, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hiking, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Backpacking, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Outdoor Skills
Larger than the state of Rhode Island and laced by a thousand miles of trails, the White Mountains have long been a hiker's paradise. Here is a first-person account of the world that begins where the pavement ends. Fishermen, backpackers, trail-bikers ... goofers, peak baggers, and through hikers ... you'll find them all in the White Mountains...
Poland's Daughter: How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,390. Language: English. Originally Published: October 16, 2014 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Russian, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Eastern, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
The Second World War -- the worst thing that ever happened! For Poland, the War began in September 1939 when Germany invaded from the west, and Russia from the east. Among their victims was a five-year-old named Basia Deszberg, whose father and brother were shot in the Katyn Forest massacres. Meanwhile she, her sister, and their mother were...
A Rebel in the County Cork, 1915-1923: Case Study of an Insurgency
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Originally Published: July 3, 2019 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
In this short monograph, Daniel Ford combines a survey of the literature with the memories of his father, one of the Irish Republican Army volunteers who battled British forces during and after the First World War. Though the rebellion was settled by the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, IRA diehards fought the new Irish government for two bloody years. Ford concludes that the rebellion and civil war...
When Sun-tzu Met Clausewitz: the OODA Loop and the Invasion of Iraq
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Originally Published: December 1, 2014 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Persian Gulf War (1991), Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Strategy, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Iraq War (2003-), Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Special Forces, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Afghan War (2001-)
John Boyd was a fighter pilot in the Korean War, an instructor at the US Air Force Fighter Weapons School, and arguably America's greatest military thinker of the 20th Century. His concept of the OODA Loop helped guide the US military during two wars against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. This 4000-word 'long essay' was originally prepared for the War...
A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America's War on Terror
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 21,650. Language: English. Originally Published: June 13, 2017 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Persian Gulf War (1991), Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Strategy, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Iraq War (2003-), Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Afghan War (2001-), Nonfiction » Social Science » Political science » Security (National & International)
John Boyd was arguably the greatest American military theorist since the sea power strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan at the turn of the 20th Century. Best known for his formulation of the OODA Loop as a model for competitive decision making, Colonel Boyd was also an original thinker in developing tactics for air-to-air combat, designing warplanes...
Carrying a Nuke to Sevastopol: One Pilot, One Engine, and One Plutonium Bomb
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,860. Language: English. Originally Published: February 24, 2015 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Nuclear Warfare, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Weapons, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
This story began as a study of lofting or tossing nuclear weapons, known as"LABs," for Low Altitude Bombing system. I became fascinated with the notion of using the prop-driven Skyraider for this purpose, and the story evolved into an account of what it would have been like to drive this 1940s aircraft to Sevastopol on the first day of the Third...
Remains: A Story of the Flying Tigers, Who Won Immortality Defending Burma and China from Japanese Invasion
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,850. Language: English. Originally Published: October 16, 2014 by Warbird Books. Categories: Fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
When young Eddie Gillespie discovers a World War II airplane in the jungle, with a grinning skeleton at the controls, he sets a story in motion. Two American fighter pilots in the Chinese Air Force, with their English and Burmese girlfriends, and a Japanese suicide pilot whose name happens to mean "tree of the sun"--they clash at Rangoon, while the British empire falls about their ears. Here is...
Tales of the Flying Tigers: Five Books about the American Volunteer Group, Mercenary Heroes of Burma and China
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 81,480. Language: English. Originally Published: February 24, 2016 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation
"What God abandoned, these defended / And saved the sum of things for pay."  In the bleak winter of 1941-1942, no American or British force could stem the tide in Southeast Asia, as the Philippines, Thailand, Malaya, and Singapore fell to the victorious Japanese. Only in Burma was there a ray of hope. There, over beleaguered Rangoon, a few...
Rising Sun Over Burma: Flying Tigers and Wild Eagles, 1941-1942 - How Japan Remembers the Battle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,980. Language: English. Originally Published: August 20, 2014 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / United States, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation
In December 1941, the Japanese Imperial Army came ashore on the British colony of Malaya. In support of that invasion, its air arm soon began to raid neighboring Burma and especially its seaport and capital city of Rangoon, protected by a weak squadron of Royal Air Force Brewster Buffaloes and an untested squadron of P-40s flown by the American...
Now Comes Theodora: A Story of the 1960s
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 87,400. Language: English. Originally Published: November 2, 2018 by Warbird Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
"A richly colorful novel," said the New York Times, but in the author's home town, the bookstore manager kept it under the counter and sold it only to those who dared ask for it. Woodstock was still four years in the future, and American students were more concerned about nuclear weapons than a war in Vietnam. But already there was something...
100 Hawks for China
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,440. Language: English. Originally Published: December 3, 2021 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Weapons, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation
At the outbreak of war, the Curtiss P-40 was America's best fighter plane, though outclassed by the British Spitfire, the German Messerschmitt 109, and probably the Japanese Zero. But the United States could build them by the thousand. First France, then Britain, and finally China tried desperately to buy the shark-faced Curtiss fighter--a story...
Incident at Muc Wa: A Story of the Vietnam War
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 59,380. Language: English. Originally Published: July 2, 2018 by Warbird Books. Categories: Fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Romance » Military
This is the story that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster film, Go Tell the Spartans. It's 1964--early days in South Vietnam--and the U.S. Army Raiders have garrisoned a town that the French abandoned ten years before. The Viet Cong attack; the Americans reinforce. They're not about to repeat the mistakes of the French! "'Sad, bawdy, and compelling," wrote the Detroit Free Press. Prophetic...
Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot, From the Invasion of North Africa to His Death in the Flying Wing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,150. Language: English. Originally Published: November 11, 2014 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » History » Africa » Northern region, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Weapons, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation
In 1941, Glen Edwards learned to fly in a fabric-covered biplane. Seven years later, he died in the crash of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, the Air Force’s most advanced jet warplane and forerunner of the B-2 Stealth bomber of today. As a combat pilot in North Africa and Italy during World War II, and as a test pilot during a period of...
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 124,500. Language: English. Originally Published: May 21, 2023 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Asian » China, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II
Early in the Second World War, in the skies over Rangoon, a handful of American pilots met and bloodied the Japanese Army Air Force, winning immortality as the "Flying Tigers." Arguably America's most famous combat unit, they were hired to defend beleaguered China for $600 a month, plus $500 for each Japanese plane shot down--fantastic money in 1941, when a Manhattan hotel room cost three...
100 Fair Pilots: The Men Who Became the Flying Tigers
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 28,160. Language: English. Originally Published: December 2, 2021 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation
The Flying Tigers were the most famous fighter pilots ever to fly for the United States, yet they actually part of the Chinese Air Force. Who were these men, where did they come from, and what happened to them after their service with the American Volunteer Group? Novelist (and prize-winning historian) Daniel Ford answers those questions in this compelling account of the AVG and its commander...
The Only War We've Got
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,600. Language: English. Originally Published: January 6, 2021 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Vietnam War, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Special Forces
It's the summer of 1964. The bush hat, and not the steel helmet, is the favored headgear of the sixteen thousand American advisors in South Vietnam. They love their work, and they're very good at it. How can they possibly fail? Covering their war are a handful of foreign reporters, including novelist Daniel Ford. Armed with a camera and a...
A Death in the Forest: The U.S. Congress Investigates the Murder of 22,000 Polish Prisoners of War in the Katyn Massacres of 1940 - Was Stalin or Hitler Guilty?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,070. Language: English. Originally Published: September 1, 2014 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Russian, Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Eastern, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » Social Science » Political science, Nonfiction » Social Science » Political science » World / Russian & Former Soviet Union
In September 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union invaded and occupied the republic of Poland, dividing the country between them. Some two hundred thousand Polish soldiers became prisoners of war in Russian camps, which were often converted monasteries. In March 1940, Joseph Stalin approved a plan to murder twenty-two thousand officers, sergeants, and civilian intellectuals, the better to deprive...
Cowboy: The Interpreter Who Became a Soldier, a Warlord, and One More Casualty of Our War in Vietnam
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 36,940. Language: English. Originally Published: May 1, 2018 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Vietnam War, Nonfiction » History » North America » USA
Cowboy was handsome, flamboyant, courageous, clever, and cruel. He got his nickname from the Green Berets who worked with him in the Highlands of South Vietnam in the 1960s. "You've got to take the bad with the good," one Special Forces captain explained. "And Cowboy is a good interpreter." But he soon fired the interpreter because prisoners did...
Taildragger Tales: My Late-Blooming Romance with a Piper Cub and Her Younger Sisters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,520. Language: English. Originally Published: June 29, 2016 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Skydiving, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Biography, Nonfiction » Transportation » Aviation / Piloting & Flight Instruction, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Essays
Dan Ford learned to fly at the age when most men are well into retirement. In this short book, he tells how it was to have a flight instructor one-third his age, to make a Sentimental Journey to the Pennsylvania airport where the Piper Cub first saw the light of day, to practice spins and aerobatic turns in a Great Lakes biplane, to fly low and...
The Sorry Saga of the Brewster Buffalo: A Flying Coffin to the U.S. Marines, but a Pearl to the Finns
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,520. Language: English. Originally Published: November 3, 2014 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Weapons, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / United States, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Naval
A group of Internet aviation fans once debated the subject of the worst fighter of World War II. Their hands-down favorite: the Brewster Buffalo. Two books are titled The World's Worst Aircraft. The Buffalo is the only fighter from any era to have a chapter in both of them. The Royal Air Force fobbed the Brewster fighter onto the Fleet Air Arm...
Looking Back From Ninety: The Depression, the War, and the Good Life That Followed
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 87,790. Language: English. Originally Published: October 1, 2021 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Editors, journalists, & publishers
A remarkable memoir of growing up poor during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Dan Ford was the first member of his family to go to college, working his way and winning the occasional scholarship. Next came four years in Europe as a student, vagabond, soldier, and newspaperman, then a hard patch while he struggled to establish...
Remembering Bluie West One: The Arctic Airfield That Helped Win the Second World War
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Originally Published: October 18, 2014 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Polar regions, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Korean War, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation
In June 1940, the U.S. Coast Guard set out to survey the coast of Greenland, the largest island in the world--and the coldest. A year and a half before the country entered the Second World War, the United States was looking for a place to put an airfield that would serve as a bridge to Europe. (For the same reason, British troops seized Iceland...
Now Comes Theodora
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 87,400. Language: English. Originally Published: July 1, 2021 by Warbird Books. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
"A richly colorful novel," said the New York Times, but in the author's home town, the bookstore manager kept it under the counter and sold it only to those who dared ask for it. Woodstock was still four years in the future, and American students were more worried about nuclear weapons than the war that was brewing in Vietnam. But already something was blowing in the wind, and the young Daniel...
Michael's War: A Story of the Irish Republican Army, 1916-1923
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,810. Language: English. Originally Published: March 17, 2015 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Ireland
When he set out on his road to rebellion, Michael Ford only wanted to keep the foxes out of Hannon's Glen. But before he was done, he found himself exchanging rifle fire with the British army, with an unlikely ally in the form of Annabel Love, the squire's daughter. Michael's War tracks the course of revolution and civil war that rended Ireland...
The Last Raid: How World War II Ended, August 1945
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Originally Published: January 1, 2016 by Warbird Books. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Nuclear Warfare, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Weapons, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / World War II, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / United States, Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Aviation
While the Japanese war cabinet argued about whether to surrender, and on what terms, the U.S. Army Strategic Air Force on Guam and Tinian geared up for a thousand-plane raid upon the Empire. It would be the last air raid of the Second World War. This little book, which first appeared in Air & Space / Smithsonian magazine on the 50th anniversary...

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