C. B. Colby
|C. B. Colby|
|Born||Carroll Burleigh Colby
September 7, 1904
Claremont, New Hampshire,
|Died||October 31, 1977
Westchester County, New York
|Genre||Military history, children's books, paranormal|
C. B. Colby (born Carroll Burleigh Colby, September 7, 1904 - October 31, 1977) was a prolific children's book writer of mostly non-fiction works. He wrote approximately 93 books that were widely circulated in public and school libraries in the United States. He is most well known for his book Strangely Enough (1959).
He sailed to Puerto Rico with the intention of being a free-lance artist, but his failure led him to join the U.S. Customs Service during the Prohibition era. He married Lila Thoday in November 1928, having two children, Fred and Susan M. Colby.
Colby sold his first fiction story in 1929.
Learning to fly glider aircraft in 1931, Colby began writing and illustrating articles for various aviation magazines, becoming an editor of Air Trails and Air Progress magazines that were Street & Smith publications. He co-authored the Junior Birdmen Standard Aviation Dictionary for the Junior Birdmen of America. In 1943 he became aviation editor of Popular Science magazine and became a war correspondent with the U.S. Army Air Forces in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Alaska. He left the magazine in 1946 to free-lance articles. Colby enlisted and served as an officer with the Civil Air Patrol.
His first book was Gabbit the Magic Rabbit published in 1950; he began his non-fiction book writing with Our Fighting Jets in 1951. Colby's books specialised in outdoor subjects such as hunting, fishing, camping, and firearms. He wrote many non-fiction books on military and public safety organisations and new technology designed to be understood by children.
- Art and Science of Taking to the Woods
- Bomber Parade Headliners in Bomber Plane History
- Chute!: Air Drop for Defense and Sport
- Submarine Warfare: Men, Weapons, and Ships
- FBI: The G-Mens’ Weapons and Tactics For Combat
- Six-shooter: Pistols, Revolvers, And Automatics, Past And Present
- Strangely Enough
- Two centuries of weapons, 1776-1976
- Jets of the World: New Fighters, Bombers and Transports
- Fighter Parade: Headliners in Fighter Plane History
- First Rifle How to Shoot It Straight and Use It Safe
- Musket to M-14 Pistols, Rifles and Machine Guns
- Leatherneck : The Training, Weapons and Equipment of the United States Marine Corps
- Fighting Gear of World War II Equipment and Weapons of the American G.I.
- The Weirdest People in the World
- World's Best True Ghost Stories
- World's Best Lost Treasure Stories
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