David Nevin spent his childhood on army bases. On his seventeenth birthday he joined the US Navy at the latter stages of World War II. Later, as a merchant marine, he spent seven years in the Pacific before he returned to the United States and became a journalist. He was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award. In addition to writing books on popular history for Time-Life, Nevin continues to write freelance. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Dream West, which became a seven-part miniseries.