Having begun the war with the greatest imaginable reservoir of moral authority, the U.S. was on the verge of letting it slip away through high-level attacks using the most ghastly inventions its scientists could come up with.
—Stephen Tanner, "Afghanistan: A Military History"
Stephen Barrett Tanner is an American author currently residing in Sierra Madre, California. He served with US special forces in Italy in World War II and following his graduation from Yale University in the US Department of State  (1949–1969).
As a military historian and freelance writer, Tanner has produced informative pieces such as: Afghanistan - A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban, Epic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon, Refuge from the Reich: American Airmen and Switzerland during WWIIand "Wars of the Bushes".
He has also produced two humorous books.
He is the son of Dr William Tanner and is married to Anne (Nancy) daughter of the art historian Professor Emerson Howland Swift  by whom he has two children.