Stephen Tanner

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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 [1] (1949–1969).

As a military historian and freelance writer, Tanner has produced the following books:

  • Afghanistan - A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban (2002) According to WorldCat, the book is held in 1970 libraries [2] Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement[3]
    • Translated into Russian as Afghanistan : istorii︠a︡ voĭn ot Aleksandra Makedonskogo do padenii︠a︡ "Talibana"
  • Epic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon;
  • Refuge from the Reich: American Airmen and Switzerland during World War II (2000) According to WorldCat, held in 689 libraries.[2] Reviewed in Journal of Military History.[4]
  • The wars of the Bushes : a father and son as military leaders.(2004) According to WorldCat, held in 450 libraries.[2]
    • Translated into Polish as Wojny Bushów : ojciec i syn jako zwierzchnicy sił zbrojnych
    • Translated into Chinese as Fu zi tong shuai : Bushi men de zhan zheng
    • Translated into Turkish as 'Bush'ların savaşları : askeri liderler olarak bir baba ve oğlun portresi
  • (with Samuel A Southworth) U.S. special forces : a guide to America's special operations units : the world's most elite fighting force (2002) Held in 308 libraries.[2]

Tanner is the son of Dr William Tanner and is married to Anne (Nancy) daughter of art historian Professor Emerson Howland Swift.[1] Tanner has two children.


  1. Tanner, Stephen. Afghanistan- A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban 1st Ed,Cambridge:De Capo Press, 2002.
  1. ^ a b New York Times, March 16th, 1947
  2. ^ a b c d WorldCat author entry
  3. ^ TLS, the Times literary supplement. (August 07, 2009): 8
  4. ^ Journal of military history, 65, Part 3 (2001): 842