Author Steven Pressfield, June 2011
Steven Pressfield (September 1943— ) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.
He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943, while his father was stationed there, in the Navy. He graduated from Duke University in 1965 and in 1966 joined the Marine Corps. In the years following, he worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout, attendant in a mental hospital, fruit-picker in Washington state, and screenwriter. His struggles to make a living as an author, including the period when he was homeless and living out of the back of his car, are detailed in his book The War of Art.
His first book, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was published in 1995, and made into a film of the same name, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Matt Damon, and directed by Robert Redford.
His second novel, Gates of Fire, is about the Spartans and the battle at Thermopylae. It is taught at U.S. Military Academy and United States Naval Academy, and at the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico.
In 2012, he launched the publishing house Black Irish Books with his agent Shawn Coyne.
- The Legend of Bagger Vance (see The Legend of Bagger Vance (film) for the movie), about a young man trying to come to terms with his spiritual demons through the medium of golf (1995)
- Gates of Fire, about the Battle of Thermopylae (1998)
- Tides of War, A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War (2000)
- Last of the Amazons, in which Theseus, the legendary King of Athens, sets sail to the north coast of the Black Sea inhabited by a race of female warriors (2002)
- The Virtues of War, about Alexander the Great (2004)
- The Afghan Campaign, about Alexander the Great's conquests in Afghanistan (2006)
- Killing Rommel (2008), a fictionalized account of a patrol of the British Long Range Desert Group during the North African Campaign of World War II.
- The Profession (2011), Pressfield's first book set in the future, where military force is for hire everywhere. Oil companies, multinational corporations and banks employ powerful, cutting-edge mercenary armies to control global chaos and protect their riches.
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Film work 
Prior to publishing his first original works of fiction, Pressfield wrote several Hollywood screenplays, most notably 1988's Above the Law starring Steven Seagal and directed by Andrew Davis, 1992’s Freejack, a work of science fiction starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and Anthony Hopkins, and 1993's Joshua Tree (a.k.a. Army of One) starring Dolph Lundgren and George Segal. Joshua Tree was directed by Academy Award and Bafta winning stuntman Vic Armstrong.
His novel The Legend of Bagger Vance was made into a 2000 film starring Matt Damon as the golf pro and Will Smith as his spiritual guide.
Steven Pressfield also appeared as one of the historians in The History Channel's 2007 documentary "Last Stand of the 300".
- Pressfield, Steven. (2012 ed.). "War of Art". New York/Los Angeles: Black Irish Books. ISBN 978-1-936891-02-3
- Pressfield, Steven. (2012 ed.). "Turning Pro". New York/Los Angeles: Black Irish Books. ISBN 978-1936891-03-0
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