Since graduating from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, he has worked as a contributing editor at Esquire, Sports Afield, Outside and Men's Journal. Stanton has written extensively on travel, sports, entertainment and history.
Throughout his career, he has nearly drowned in Cape Horn waters, survived a mugging by jungle revolutionaries, played basketball with George Clooney, and taken an acting lesson from Harrison Ford.
In April 2009, Disney acquired the screen rights to Stanton’s newest book, Horse Soldiers. He is currently writing a screenplay adaptation of his last book, In Harm's Way for producer Mark Gordon.
In 2009, Stanton founded the Traverse City National Writers Series. The Series' first guests were father-and-son authors Elmore Leonard and Peter Leonard. All proceeds from the Series benefit a scholarship fund for local high school students to pursue writing degrees in college. Nearly two dozen authors and story-tellers are committed to appear at the TC National Writers Series in 2010, including Tom Brokaw, Mary Karr, Woody Harrelson, Mario Batali and Audrey Niffenegger.
- In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors Henry Holt, 2001 (ISBN 0805066322)
- Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan Scribner, 2009 (ISBN 1416580514)
- Author Biography
- Disney Acquires Rights to Horse Soldiers"
- Traverse City Record-Eagle - Film premiere to aid food pantries
- Doug Stanton official website
- In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton
- Interview on Horse Soldiers at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
- Podcast interview on Horse Soldiers
- Doug Stanton at the Internet Movie Database
- Traverse City National Writers Series
- Traverse City Film Festival
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