Writing under his own name and twenty-five pen names, Robert Vaughan has authored more than two hundred books in every genre but science fiction. He won the 1977 Porgie Award (Best Paperback Original) for The Power and the Pride. In 1973, The Valkyrie Mandate was nominated by its publisher, Simon & Schuster, for the Pulitzer Prize. Vaughan is a frequent speaker at seminars and at high schools and colleges. He has also hosted three television talk shows: Eyewitness Magazine on WAVY TV in Portsmouth, Virginia; Tidewater A.M. on WHBQ TV in Hampton, Virginia; and This Week in Books on the TEMPO Cable Television Network. In addition, he hosted a cooking segment for Phoenix at Mid-day on KHPO TV in Phoenix, Arizona. Vaughan is a retired Army warrant officer (CW-3) with three tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with the V for valor, the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. He was a helicopter pilot and a maintenance and supply officer. He was also an instructor and chief of the aviation maintenance officers' course at Fort Eustis, Virginia. During his military career, Vaughan was a participant in many of the twentieth century's most significant events.