Neal Bascomb

Neal Bascomb (born 1971) is an American journalist and author. He is known for his books on popular history.

Neal Bascomb
Born (1971-04-01) 1 April 1971 (age 49)
Denver, Colorado
Alma materMiami University (B.A.)
GenreNon-fiction, Popular history, Popular science
SubjectNarrative, History, Science, Military

Early life and educationEdit

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University with a B.A. in Economics and English Literature.[1]


After graduation, he worked as a journalist in London, Paris, and Dublin. He was an editor for St. Martin's Press, and in 2000, he began writing books full-time.[1] His books have ranked on a number of bestseller lists, been optioned for film, and been published in over 15 countries. He has contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Personal lifeEdit

He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.[2]


Title Year Published ISBN Summary Notes
Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City 2003 ISBN 0385506600 The race between the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and 40 Wall Street, to claim the title of the world's tallest building during the Roaring Twenties Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer Pick
The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It 2005 ISBN 0618391126 The story of Roger Bannister, Wes Santee, and John Landy battling to be the first runner to break the four-minute mile New York Times Bestseller
Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin 2007 ISBN 9780618592067 Details the events of the Battleship Potemkin uprising United States Maritime Literature Award
Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi 2009 ISBN 9780618858675 Depicts the search for and capture of Adolf Eichmann National Bestseller
The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts 2011 ISBN 9780307588890 Bascomb follows the FIRST robotics team from Dos Pueblos High School and details their experience; see D'Penguineers Optioned by film producer Scott Rudin[3][4]
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi 2013 ISBN 9780545430999 Depicts the search for and capture of Adolf Eichmann For readers age 12-18[5]
One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth 2015 ISBN 9780062295583 Written with Bonner Paddock, it chronicles Paddock's effort to climb Mount Kilimanjaro New York Times Bestseller
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb 2016 ISBN 9780544368057 How a brilliant scientist and a band of young patriots destroyed Vemork, the plant that provided heavy water, an essential resource for the German atomic research program. New York Times Bestseller / Optioned by Michael Bay, Paramount Pictures[3][4]
The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War 2018 ISBN 0544937112 National Bestseller / Optioned by director Lenny Abrahamson
Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best 2020 ISBN 9781328489876 Amazon History Book of the Month / Optioned by Imperative Entertainment


  1. ^ a b "Neal Bascomb - The Escape Artists - Pritzker Military Presents - Pritzker Military Museum & Library - Chicago".
  2. ^ "Neal Bascomb: The Winter Fortress - Pritzker Military Museum & Library - Chicago".
  3. ^ a b "Forthcoming Books". Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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