An educator and a writer with a lifelong fascination for military history, William Walker grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, exploring Civil War forts surrounding the city and interviewing veterans of foreign wars, including the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. After a forty-year career in college teaching and administration, he returned to his first love to investigate a pivotal event in America’s longest and bloodiest battle – the First World War’s Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
After completing a B. A. with high honors and an M. A. in English at the University of Virginia, Walker undertook further graduate studies at Tulane University. He taught at the University of New Orleans and Lamar University in Texas. Moving from the classroom to academic administration, he served as associate vice president for public affairs at Virginia Tech, Gettysburg College, and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The author lectures on World War I, leads battlefield tours to France, and teaches a course on the conflict as part of the lifelong learning program of the University of Virginia. Walker and his wife, Jan, live in Staunton, Virginia.
Praise for Betrayal at Little Gibraltar:
“How strange that the Meuse-Argonne campaign in the last weeks of World War I is not better remembered: to this day it remains the largest and costliest battle American troops ever fought. William Walker’s Betrayal at Little Gibraltar should help dispel this national amnesia, for he has given us both a propulsive, closely-observed war narrative, and an engrossing murder mystery. The victims are thousands of needlessly-killed American soldiers, the perpetrator a vain, glory-hungry general whose motives Walker artfully uncovers in a tale of low selfishness and high courage that casts fresh light on the timeless snares of military command while righting a tremendous century-old wrong.”
—Richard Snow, author of A Measureless Peril, I Invented the Modern Age, and the forthcoming Iron Dawn
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