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Neal Bascomb

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Neal Bascomb is a national award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of a number of books, all non-fiction narratives, all focused on inspiring stories of adventure or achievement. His work has been translated into over 18 languages, featured in several documentaries, and optioned for major film and television projects.

Born in Colorado and raised in St. Louis, he is the product of public school and lots of time playing hockey. He earned a double degree in Economics and English Literature at Miami University (Ohio), lived in Europe for several years as a journalist (London, Dublin, and Paris), and worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press (New York). In 2000, he started writing books full time.

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"An absolutely engrossing book......well written and researched, it tells the story of the brave Norwegian underground and their efforts to sabotage the production of "heavy water" being used by the Nazi occupiers to develop a nuclear bomb. It is u..." Read more of this review »
The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb
"I'm listening to the author on the radio. He admits that he read a small bit in Richard Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb. But he makes it sound like a little known story but for crying out load there was a movie staring Kirk Douglas called Th..." Read more of this review »
The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb
"Bascomb did it again. I cried. The book starts slowly with laborious explanation of physics-level knowledge on the atomic fission... Then things get fun. This book reminds me of the great sacrifice made 75 years ago and inspires me to be great. Wo..." Read more of this review »
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“A man who sets out to become an artist at the mile is something like a man who sets out to discover the most graceful method of being hanged. No matter how logical his plans, he can not carry them out without physical suffering.”
Neal Bascomb, The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

“Finally, Rønneberg, the leader of Gunnerside and the last surviving saboteur, who was ninety-six years old in 2016, often spoke eloquently about why he braved the North Sea to be trained in Britain and why he then returned, twice, by parachute, to Norway. “You have to fight for your freedom,” he said. “And for peace. You have to fight for it every day, to keep it. It’s like a glass boat; it’s easy to break. It’s easy to lose.”
Neal Bascomb, The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb

“much like a fingerprint, the size and shape of the ear, as well as the angle at which it joins the face, are unique to each individual.”
Neal Bascomb, Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

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