David Vann is the author of Legend of a Suicide , which has been translated into sixteen languages, won ten prizes, and been on forty Best Books of the Year lists worldwide. Hee(tm)s also the author of the bestselling memoir A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea and Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter , winner of the AWP Nonfiction Award. A current Guggenheim Fellow and former Stegner Fellow and NEA Fellow, he has taught at Stanford and Cornell, and is now a professor at the University of San Francisco.Colin Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in New York City and attended both the City College of New York and George Washington University and also served in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Powell served in the Army during Vietnam as both a captain and a major and later became senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He joined the National Security Council and took over the Army Forces Command when he was made a four-star general. President Bush nominated Powell for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he helped plan the invasion of Panama and assisted in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Powell retired from the military and recorded his memories in his book, My American Journey. In 2012 Powell published a book about his life experiences and lessons learned entitled, It Worked for Me.
Was a contributing writer for Colin Powell's My American Journey. He also wrote Piercing the Reich, which is about the penetration of Nazi Germany by American Agents, and Nuremburg, which was made into a major television docudrama.