William Craig (author)

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William Craig (1929–1997)[1] was an American author.

Writing career[edit]

His first book, The Fall of Japan (1968), is a documentary account of the last weeks of the Second World War in the Pacific.[2][3]

Craig's first novel, The Tashkent Crisis (1971), is a Cold War Era thriller about espionage and international politics. His second World War II book, Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, was published in 1973. Incidents from the history were used to structure the movie Enemy at the Gates (2001). Craig's final book was a spy thriller, The Strasbourg Legacy (1975).

Personal life[edit]

He married Eleanor Russell,[citation needed] who — as Eleanor Craig — was the bestselling author of four books, including P.S. You're Not Listening (1972).[4] They had four children.[5]

Their second son, William Craig,[citation needed] is the author of Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guantanamo (2012).[6]


  • The Fall of Japan (1968)
  • The Tashkent Crisis (1971)
  • Enemy at the Gates: The battle for Stalingrad. Penguin Books. 1973. ISBN 0-14-139017-4. 
  • The Strasbourg Legacy. Berkley Medallion Books. 1975. 


  1. ^ "William Craig, Historian, 68". New York Times. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Craig, William (1968). The Fall of Japan. Dell. 
  3. ^ Irene Backalenick (8 Oct 1967). "Westporter's First Writing Wins Acclaim". The Bridgeport Post. p. 101. Retrieved 16 December 2016 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ Craig, Eleanor (1972). P.S. You're Not Listening. R. W. Baron. 
  5. ^ "If you tuned in ..." The Bridgeport Post. Bridgeport, Connecticut. 4 Mar 1973. p. D-14. Retrieved 16 December 2016 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ Craig, William (2012). Yankee come Home On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guantanamo. Walker & Co./Bloomsbury USA. 

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