Ian W. Toll is the author of several works of military and naval history. He is currently writing a three-volume history of the Pacific War. The latest volume is the second in that series: The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (W.W. Norton, 2015). 

The first volume in the “Pacific War Trilogy” was Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (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.”  Ronald Spector, in the Wall Street Journal, calls the book” vivid, fast moving and highly readable…  an engaging and perceptive account of a critical and dramatic period in the story of World War II.” Booklist concludes: “A particular gift of the author is intelligent character portraits: Yamamoto, MacArthur, Halsey, and Nimitz..  Add to all these other attributes a thorough scholarly apparatus, and it is difficult to think of a recent book on this subject that is of such consistently outstanding value.” The book was recipient of the 2012 Northern California Book Award.

Ian’s previous book was Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (W.W. Norton, 2006).  Six Frigates 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 and New York.