Ian W. Toll is the author of Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific,
(W.W. Norton, 2011).
According to Kirkus, “Toll
gives everyone involved in the conflict a chance to speak, bringing readers
into the command centers and cockpits to reveal the humanity of combatants on
both sides of the Pacific.”  Publishers Weekly calls the book
“revealing and poignant,” and adds, “Toll’s latest deftly navigates the rough
waters of the Pacific struggle with flying colors.”  Booklist
concludes that “it is difficult to think of a recent book on this subject that
is of such consistently outstanding value.”


Ian’s previous book was Six Frigates: The Epic History of the
Founding of the U.S. Navy
(W.W. Norton, 2006).  Six
won broad critical acclaim and was selected for the Samuel Eliot
Morison Award, the William E. Colby Award, and New York Times “Editor’s Choice” list.


Prior to beginning work on Six Frigates in 2002, Ian had been a
Wall Street analyst, a Federal Reserve financial analyst, and a political aide
and speechwriter.  He received his
undergraduate degree in American History at Georgetown University
(1989) and his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s
Kennedy School of Government (1995).


Ian lives in San Francisco.