Bill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen non-fiction books, as well as ten novels, including the popular Bladen Cole Westerns. General Wesley Clark called Mr. Yenne’s biography of Alexander the Great, the “best yet,” while The New Yorker wrote of Sitting Bull, his biography of the great Lakota leader, that it “excels as a study in leadership.” General Craig McKinley, president of the Air Force Association, wrote that in Mr. Yenne’s Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air Force, he had done “a superior job helping the reader better understand General Arnold both as an individual and as a military leader.”

His books on aviation and military history have included his Area 51 Black Jets, which T.D. Barnes, formerly with NASA High Range and Area 51 Special Projects, described as “not a book that the reader will lay down and not finish. It holds one’s interest from front to back.” His dual biography of Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire, Aces High: The Heroic Story of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II, was described by pilot and best-selling author Dan Roam as “The greatest flying story of all time.” Mr. Yenne has written histories of America’s great aircraft makers, including Convair, Lockheed, and McDonnell Douglas, and has been praised for his recently-updated The Story of the Boeing Company.

Mr. Yenne has contributed to encyclopedias of both world wars, and has appeared in documentaries airing on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel and ARD German Television. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and the Stanford University Professional Publishing Course, and is the founder of American Graphic Systems, whose AGS BookWorks division is the producer of nearly 200 large-format, illustrated books.

Panic

Panic on the Pacific
How America Prepared for a West Coast Invasion

The aftershocks of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor were felt keenly all over America—the war in Europe had hit home. But nowhere was American life more immediately disrupted than on the West Coast, where people lived in certain fear of more Japanese attacks. From that day until the end of the war, a dizzying mix of battle preparedness and rampant paranoia swept the states. Japanese immigrants were herded into internment camps. Factories were camouflaged to look like small towns. The Rose Bowl was moved to North Carolina. Airport runways were so well hidden even American pilots couldn’t find them. There was panic on the Pacific coast: the Japanese were coming.

 

Long Jump

Operation Long Jump
Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill and the Greatest Assassination Plot in History

In the middle of World War II, Nazi military intelligence discovered a seemingly easy way to win the war for Adolf Hitler. The three heads of the Allied forces—Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin—were planning to meet in Tehran in October, 1943. Under Hitler’s personal direction, the Nazis launched “Operation Long Jump,” an intricate plan to track the Allied leaders in Tehran and assassinate all three men at the same time. “I suppose it would make a pretty good haul if they could get all three of us,” Roosevelt later said. Historian Bill Yenne retells the incredible, globe-spanning story of the most ambitious assassination plot ever thwarted in Operation Long Jump.

Tigers

San Francisco Beer: A History of Brewing by the Bay
Foreword by Shaun O'Sullivan, 21st Amendment Brewery

The story of beer in San Francisco is as old as the city itself. San Francisco had its first commercial brewery by 1847, two years before the gold rush, and went on to reign as the major brewing center in the American West through the nineteenth century. From the 1930s to the early 1950s, iconic San Francisco–based breweries Lucky and Acme owned the statewide California market. In the 1960s, Fritz Maytag transformed San Francisco’s tiny and primitive Anchor Brewing into America’s first craft brewery. Now, well into its fourth generation of craft breweries, San Francisco has seen more new breweries open in the second decade of the twenty-first century than were opened in the entire previous century, proving that tech is not San Francisco’s only booming industry. Join local author and beer enthusiast Bill Yenne as he explores San Francisco’s rich tapestry of beers and breweries that have made it a brewing capital in the West.
SF Beer

When Tigers Ruled the Sky
The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots over China in World War II

They seemed to materialize out of nowhere at a time when the American people, stunned by the horrible defeat at Pearl Harbor, yearned in vain for news that Americans somewhere in the world were striking back against the Axis. In December 1941, the headlines were filled with grim reports of the backbone of the American fleet at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and an American air force destroyed on the ground in the Philippines. Suddenly, there were reports of American fighter pilots sweeping Japanese bombers from the skies over China. Few in America had heard their name, and the question was asked, who are these Flying Tigers? As with the fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force who had saved the United Kingdom during the Battle of Britain to whom Churchill compared them, the Flying Tigers became a heroic symbol at a historically dark moment. Today, the Flying Tigers remain as probably the best known American fighter aircraft group in history. Their name still resonates in the historical memory of World War II, just as the image of their shark-faced P-40s is an essential icon of American airpower in that conflict.

Hit The Target

Hit the Target
Eight Men who Led The Eighth Air Force to Victory over the Luftwaffe

Hit the Target was picked for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force 2016 Reading List.

Unlike numerous books that detail the history of World War II, in Hit The Target, author Bill Yenne takes the reader on a deeper more personal journey.  The history of the Eighth Air Force unfolds amid a clever intertwined series of life scenarios.  Uncovered, are the unique lives of eight individuals: Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, Ira Clarence Eaker, James "Jimmy" Doolittle, Curtis Emerson LeMay, Maynard "Snuffy" Smith, Hubert "Hub" Zemke. Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal and Robert Knight Morgan. Yenne’s unique approach offers an insight of how eight individuals became great leaders, yet they all evolved from very diverse backgrounds. With varied personalities and skills, the eight heroes windup undergoing a trial by fire during aerial warfare. The reader will be totally immersed in tracking each individual’s outcome, as these individuals become legends of American Military History.
-- Erik Simonsen, aviation photographer, author, and a 30-year public relations and communications veteran of the aerospace industry 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book is addressed to the beer traveler who may be on the ground in a local neighborhood or a foreign land, or in an armchair, relaxing with a selection of beers imported from around the globe, beers which bring to mind fond memories or dreams of future travels. It is both a global survey and a global celebration of beer, designed for people who enjoy beer as well as the cultural nuances of brewing history.

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Flat-out gorgeous. . . good stuff. . . indispensable for anyone with an interest in America's favorite secret base.
–  George Knapp, KLAS-TV

Intriguing history.
–  J. Ford Huffman, Air Force Times

Bill Yenne has pulled back the curtains of the mysterious Area 51 with the definitive word on what exactly transpired with amazing detail, dry wit, incredible illustration and impeccable research. Truly illuminating.

– Daniel Bautz, Grand Dark Conspiracy

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This is the story of an unstoppable army that shocked the world, an army that reigned as the most powerful across half the world. This is the story of the Imperial Japanese Army from late 1941 through 1942. When they embarked upon this war in December 1941, Emperor Hirohito and his generals hoped for success, but they knew this was by no means a sure thing. However, neither they, nor those who would soon oppose them, could have imagined how very successful they were about to be. These would be the invincible years.

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