William Craig (author)

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William Craig (1929–1997) was an American author and historian.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, he was educated at Columbia University. His first book, The Fall of Japan, was a documentary account of the last weeks of the Second World War in the Pacific. In a front-page review in The New York Times Book Review, eminent military historian S.L.A. Marshall called The Fall of Japan "virtually faultless."

Craig's first novel, The Tashkent Crisis, a thriller about espionage and international politics, was published in 1971.

A second World War II history, Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad was the culmination of five years of research, during which Craig traveled extensively on three continents, studying documents and interviewing hundreds of survivors of the Battle of Stalingrad. Incidents from the history were used to structure the hit movie, Enemy at the Gates.

William Craig's final book was a spy thriller, The Strasbourg Legacy.

He married Eleanor Russell, who — as Eleanor Craig — was the bestselling author of four books, including P.S. You're Not Listening. They had four children.

Their second son, William Craig, is the author of Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guanatanamo (Walker & Co. / Bloomsbury USA, 2012).


  • The Fall of Japan
  • The Tashkent Crisis (1971)
  • Enemy at the Gates - the battle for Stalingrad, 1973, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-139017-4
  • The Strasbourg Legacy