Michael Graham, PhD, is the bestselling author of the acclaimed On this Day in West Virginia Civil War History; the groundbreaking The Coal River Valley in the Civil War: West Virginia Mountains, 1861; the prize-winning Mantle of Heroism: Battle for Tarawa and the Struggle for the Gilberts, November 1943 (Main Selection of the Military Book Club Award); principal contributing author of Fall of the Rising Sun: The Pacific Theater, Vol. 2, and contributor to Liberating a Continent: The European Theater, Vol. 1, in the series The Faces of Victory: The United States in World War II. He is adjunct professor of history, security and global studies at American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia. He is senior vice-president for management and chief financial officer at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Air War College and attended the Naval War and Marine Corps Command and Staff Colleges, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Academy for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, among others. A former staff writer and editor for numerous newspapers, he lives in Maryland.