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Bill Yenne is the San Francisco–based author of more than three dozen non-fiction books on a range of topics, as well as several novels. The Wall Street Journal notes that he writes “with a cinematic vividness,” while Walter J. Boyne, the former head of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, has recommended Mr. Yenne’s work, writing, “I can guarantee that you will be engaged by his master storytelling from his opening words to the very last page.”
Mr. Yenne’s work has been selected for the official Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Reading List, and he is the recipient of the Air Force Association’s prestigious Gill Robb Wilson Award for his “most outstanding contribution in the field of arts and letters”
He has contributed to encyclopedias of both world wars, and has been featured in several documentaries which have aired on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, NHK Japanese Television, and ARD German Television.
General Wesley Clark, US Army (Ret), former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, called Yenne’s biography of Alexander the Great, the “best yet.” The New Yorker wrote of Mr. Yenne’s biography of the Sitting Bull, that it “excels as a study in leadership.” This book was named to the number 14 spot in Amazon’s “100 Best Books of the Year” when it was released. His dual biography of Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire, Aces High: The Heroic Story of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II was described by pilot and best-selling author Dan Roam as “the greatest flying story of all time.”
Mr. Yenne has also written extensively about the history of beer and brewing. His book Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint, was listed among the top business books of the year by Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine, while the same publication rated the book as its top pick for “Cocktail Conversation.”
Mr. Yenne’s novels have included the Gideon Safford and Bladen Cole Western series, as well as the best-selling an alternate history about General George Patton entitled A Damned Fine War.