Martin Faxon Russ (February 14, 1931 – December 6, 2010) was an American military author, Marine, and associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University.  His first book, The Last Parallel, a New York Times bestseller and a Book of the Month Club selection, was based (with changed names) on his service in the First Battalion of the First Regiment of the First Marine Division during the Korean War.  J.D. Salinger called it “a very legitimate, sinewy, authentic war book”;  it was later optioned, but not produced, by director Stanley Kubrick.  Most of his later work was based on interviews with combat veterans.