New York Times Best-Selling Author Alex Kershaw to Write Norwich University History Book


October 26, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw will document the legacy of Norwich University and its alumni in an authoritative history to commemorate the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

A graduate of Oxford University, Kershaw is the author of nine books, including the New York Times best-sellers “The Bedford Boys,” “The Longest Winter” and “Avenue of Spies,” and biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa.

Kershaw’s history will feature the lives and times of the Norwich people who have defined American and world history. The book will be published by Norwich and is slated for release in time for Homecoming 2018. Spanning the university’s founding in 1819 to the present day, the deeply-researched and documented history will feature Kershaw’s trademark compelling narrative style interwoven with photos, illustrations, and timelines.

An honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division of the Virginia Army National Guard, Kershaw said he was drawn to the unique story of Norwich University shaped by its people and many ‘firsts’.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with very creative people in telling a wonderfully dramatic and important story,” Kershaw said.

The book will be published in various formats: in addition to hardcover and softcover editions, several hundred commemorative copies will be offered for sale.

Drawing upon Norwich University’s extensive archives and museum collection, Kershaw will engage students in the research process in the spirit of university founder Captain Alden Partridge’s passion for experiential learning.

“The book will be seen as a significant source of Norwich’s history, and a ‘must read’ by current and future generations of Norwich students, alumni and friends,” Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider said.

Kershaw lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son.

About Norwich University 

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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