I couldn't be happier -- or more amazed -- by this. "Act of War" has won the 2014 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. The award is named for the Harvard historian who wrote an astonishing 57 books in his lifetime, twice winning the Pulitzer Prize. Professor Morison's books included excellent biographies of John Paul Jones and Christopher Columbus, along with a 15-volume history of the U.S. Navy in World War II. The Morison Award is given by the Naval Order of the United States, a venerable group devoted to encouraging research and writing of American naval history. I received the award at a terrific dinner in New York City sponsored by the Naval Order's New York Commandery. I'm very proud and deeply humbled to be chosen for the Morison prize, whose past winners include former Navy Secretary John Lehman ("On Seas of Glory"); Marine Lt. General Victor Krulak ("First to Fight"); and Captain Edward L. Beach, whose gripping book, "Run Silent, Run Deep," was turned into one of the best submarine movies of all time. The award dinner at the New York Racquet & Tennis Club was a blast, and it was a real pleasure to meet the Commandery's members, including Commander Don Schuld; Bill Schmidt, co-chairman of the book award committee; and Admiral Joe Callo, himself a past Morison Award winner.
JACK CHEEVERS is a former Los Angeles Times reporter. He and his wife, Kathleen Matz, live in Oakland, California.