Joseph F. Callo

Joseph F. Callo is a Naval History Magazine Author of the Year. His book John Paul Jones: America's First Sea Warrior was the 2006 winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award by the Naval Order of the US for excellence in naval literature. He has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers, is also a frequent public speaker, and has done numerous radio and TV interviews.

Before writing full time, Mr. Callo was a senior executive with major advertising agencies and was a freelance producer for NBC-TV and PBS. His awards include the prestigious George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award for his work as line producer on the NBC-TV prime-time special Tut: The Boy King (narrated by Orson Wells) and a Telly Award for his script for The Second Life of 20 West Ninth, a PBS and History Channel program (narrated by William Shatner). He taught advertising and writing at St. John's University.

Mr. Callo was commissioned from the Yale University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and served two years of sea duty with the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Amphibious Forces, where he was qualified as a surface warfare officer. Upon returning to civilian life, he commanded three reserve public affairs units and performed reserve duty with a variety of U.S. Navy commands, including: the Pre-Commissioning Detail of USS Saratoga, Sixth Fleet, Pacific Fleet, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval War College, Chief of Naval Reserve, Chief of Information, the Oceanographer of the Navy and others. He retired from the Naval Reserve as a rear admiral. He learned to sail at age 13, and he skippers sailboats up to 50 feet in length in the Caribbean. He also crewed in the full-scale reproduction of Captain Cook's square-rigged bark Endeavour.

AOS Naval Non Fiction

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Year  Book  Comment
  Legacy of Leadership Lessons from Admiral Lord Nelson
  Nelson Speaks Admiral Lord Nelson in His Own Words
  Nelson in the Caribbean The Hero Emerges, 1784-1787
  Who's Who in Naval History From 1550 to the present
  John Paul Jones America's First Sea Warrior

Modern Era Other Non Fiction

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Year  Book  Comment
  The Sea Was Always There One man's story about learning from the sea

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