Taylor Trade Publishing
Trim: 5¾ x 9
978-1-58979-427-6 • Paperback • June 2009 • $18.95 • (£14.99)
978-1-58979-428-3 • eBook • January 2009 • $17.99 • (£13.99)
Colonel David G. Fitz-Enz served as a regular army officer for thirty years. In Vietnam he was a combat photographer and paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade and on his second tour, a signal officer in the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division. Among his decorations are the Soldier's Medal for heroism, the nations highest award for life saving, the Bronze Star for Valor with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal and the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters. He is a graduate of Command & General Staff College and the Army War College and the co-producer and writer of the PBS television program, The Final Invasion. He is the author of Why A Soldier, his memoir of combat for Random House and The Final Invasion the story of the British invasion of Plattsburgh New York and Lake Champlain which occurred on September the 11th, ….1814.
The Sovereign Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, granted Colonel Fitz-Enz the Military Order of Saint Louis for contributions to military literature and the U.S. Army Historical Foundation presented him with the book of the year prize for The Final Invasion. He is a guest lecturer at the British Army Museum, in London and the National Archives in Washington. He has written for Military Illustrated Magazine, appeared on C-Span Book Television and is in Who's Who in America.
He is married to Carol, his researcher. They have three grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren and reside near Lake Placid, New York along with their two West Highland White terriers.
...provides a wonderful journey
— Jerry McGovern; Press- Republican
A fascinating and well-documented story of America's most celebrated warship. Fitz-Enz not only does an incredible job of describing the Constitution's battle history, but he also provides readers with a clear insight into the intricacies of early sailing vessels and the strategies of sea power...a superb work.
— Russell Bellico, Professor of Economic History, Westfield State College and Author of Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Militar
It makes you want to walk the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution. And we all should.
— Joseph Ryan, Fellow of the Company of Military Historians
The Constitution has not wanted for chroniclers, but this is a welcome addition because it both adds new information that puts 'Old Ironsides' in context of both American and naval history. A well-written, action-filled narrative.
— James C. Bradford, Department of History, Texas A&M University
I appreciated the historical research that included the background and history of the age of sail, the nuances of the many trades involved and the action of "Old Ironsides" woven together with care and love for the subject. The book is a broadside of history, action and the romance of the sea.
— Andrew P. O'Rourke, Justice of the Supreme Court; Retired Vice Admiral
Of very great interest to any student of the naval history of the era.
— Paddy Griffith, PhD, author and former instructor, Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, England
The Constitution began as just another ship, but it became "Old Ironsides" and then it became a symbol of the United States. How it was designed and built, and how it went on to become such a significant part of America and its history, is the subject of this exhaustively researched and beautifully written work by David Fitz-Enz. A must for all students of American naval history.
— Charles H. Cureton, PhD, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC retired
...[A] terrific study...
— Sea Classics