Commander (retired) Mark O Stille served as a career Naval Intelligence Officer, spending over five years of his naval career assigned to various US Navy carriers. He continues to work in this field in a civilian capacity. He holds an MA from the Naval War College and has had several wargames published. This is his second book for Osprey. He lives in Virginia, USA. The author lives in Virginia, USA.
"The book does its job well in describing the Essex and Independence class carriers. There are also many photographs and paintings of the carriers while either on a regular cruise or in combat actions. In all, a good book from Osprey to read for those interested in US carriers and their operations." --Andrew Nguyen, ww2db.com (October 2009)"The superlative images in the book are further enhanced by the artwork of Tony Bryan... this is a book that ship fans will just have to have in their libraries and the rest of us will find it an excellent primer on the types." --Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com