“Skipper” Steely is a longtime history researcher who has written well over a dozen books and manuscripts on subjects ranging from Texas history to Cold War fiction. In addition to writing, he has also worked as an editor on a number of projects, including newspaper publications.
Having been involved in all aspects of the trade, Steely has over twenty years of experience in newspaper publishing. He also started several of his own papers—leading to the establishment of his own business venture. Steely began writing and publishing books in 1980, mainly on historical works pertaining to the Northeast Texas and Southwestern Arkansas region. Realizing the importance of marketing in the book publishing business, he started a press that was aimed at producing and advertising his books.
Steely was attracted to the prospect of writing Pearl Harbor Countdown not only because of Admiral Richardson's historical importance, but also because Richardson was a native of Paris, Texas, Steely's hometown. This enabled him access to much of Richardson's biographical information and gave him substantial material on which to begin his research into the admiral's career in the navy. Steely's account of the post-Pearl Harbor political fiasco is one of the only books to focus solely on Richardson himself and the stand he made despite severe pressure from Washington.
Skipper Steely attended East Texas State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in journalism. He served in Vietnam as an air force officer prior to beginning his career in the newspaper business. Before discovering writing as his true passion, Steely held jobs in sales, golf tournament organization, home renovation, and photography. He lives in Paris, Texas.
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