Edwin Palmer Hoyt (1923-2005) was born in Portland, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon. He served with the Office of War Information during World War II and in 1945/6 he was a foreign correspondent for The Denver Post and the United Press, reporting from locations in China, Thailand, Burma, India, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and Korea.

Hoyt subsequently worked as an ABC broadcaster, covering the 1948 revolution in Czechoslovakia and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He was then editor of the editorial page at The Denver Post and later editor and publisher of the Colorado Springs Free Press, an associate editor of Collier's Weekly in New York,  a television producer and writer-director at CBS and an assistant publisher of American Heritage magazine in New York.

He became a full-time writer in 1958 and over 40 years produced nearly 200 books. While Hoyt wrote about 20 novels, the vast majority of his works are biographies and other forms of non-fiction, with a heavy emphasis on military history, particularly World War II. Among his novels is a series of three novels about American naval hero Stephen Decatur set during the war against the Barbary Pirates. 

Series: Stephen Decatur

Year

 Book  Comment
1804  Hellfire in Tripoli Lt. Stephen Decatur, U.S.N. is the captain of one of two small American ships anchored off the seaport city of Tripoli
1804  Against Cold Steel When Stephen Decatur received his commission to captain he had little time to bask in glory
 1804 Decatur's Revenge It is late summer 1804 and Tripoli is the last of the Barbary states to continue hostilities against the U.S.

AOS Naval Non Fiction

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Year

 Book  Comment
  Old Ironsides The history of the USS Constitution from its 1797 commissioning

AOS Other Nautical Fiction

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Year

 Book  Comment
  The Terrible Voyage A recreated account of the sinking of the whaling ship Essex
  Mutiny on the Globe First full account of the bloodiest mutiny in American maritime history - and its bizarre aftermath

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