Biography

20150222-DSC_3217Daniel Allen Butler is a maritime and military historian, the author (through July 2015) of ten books. Some of his previous works include “Unsinkable”–the Full Story of RMS Titanic; Distant Victory-the Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War; The Age of Cunard-A Transatlantic History, 1839-2003The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic was Lost; The Burden of Guilt: How Germany Shattered the Last Days of Peace, Summer 1914; and Shadow of the Sultan’s Realm: the Destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East.

Educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen, Butler served in the United States Army before becoming a full time author. He is an internationally-recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular guest-speaker, having given presentations at the National Archives in Washington DC, the Mariners Museum, and in the United Kingdom. He has also been frequently included in the on-board enrichment series of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, as well as the ships of the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines.

Butler’s newest book, Field Marshal–The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel, was published in July 2015 by Casemate Publishing.  He is currently at work on two new writing projects: Pearl–The 7th Day of December 1941; and …Of All Things to be Won —  the Declaration of Arbroath and Scotland’s War for Freedom.

A self-proclaimed “semi-professional beach bum,” Butler divides what little time he spends away from his writing between wandering long stretches of warm, sandy beaches, his love of woodworking,  his fascination with building model ships, and tinkering on his ’72 Triumph Spitfire. After living and working in Los Angeles, California, for several years, Butler has recently relocated–permanently, he hopes!–to Atlantic Beach, Florida, where the beaches are better.

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