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Ronald H. Spector

Ronald H. Spector is a military historian, who contributes to scholarly journals and also teaches history. He is currently a Professor at the George Washington University.[1]

Ronald H. Spector
OccupationHistorian, writer
SubjectMilitary history

Military careerEdit

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the reserves. He was a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military history and taught at the University of Alabama. He was tasked to prepare a study of the Grenada operation.


He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, and later gained a Ph.D from Yale University.

Academic careerEdit

Spector was a Senior Fulbright scholar in India from 1977 to 1978. He has taught at the National War College, the University of Alabama, and the U.S. Army War College. He currently is serving on the faculty of The George Washington University in Washington, DC.[2]


  • In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia. New York: Random House, 2007.
  • At War at Sea: Sailors and Naval Warfare in the Twentieth Century. New York: Viking Press, 2001.
  • Admiral of the New Empire: The Life and Career of George Dewey.
  • Professors of War: The Naval College and the Development of the Naval Profession
  • Advice and Support: The Early Years, 1941-1960 - The U.S. Army in Vietnam, Volume 1
  • The Oxford Companion to American Military History. New York: Oxford University Press: 1999. Co-edited with Fred Anderson, John W. Chambers, Lynn Eden and Joseph Glatthaar.
  • Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan. New York: Free Press and Macmillan, 1984.
  • After Tet: The Bloodiest Year in Vietnam. New York: Free Press, 1993.


Spector was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize, for his breadth of contributions to the field of military history.[3][4] His book Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan was the 1986 winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize in Naval History.[2]


  1. ^ "Ronald H. Spector - Elliott School of International Affairs - The George Washington University".
  2. ^ a b "Ronald H. Spector | Department of History | The George Washington University". Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  3. ^ "Society for Military History Announces Its Annual Awards". Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  4. ^ "Samuel Eliot Morison Prize previous winners". Society for Military History. Retrieved December 25, 2017.

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