Dr. John C. McManus is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of U.S. Military History at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). This professorship is bestowed by the University of Missouri Board of Curators on the most outstanding scholars in the University of Missouri system. McManus is the first-ever Missouri S&T faculty member in the humanities to be named Curators’ Distinguished Professor. As one of the nation’s leading military historians and the author of 13 well-received books on the topic, he is in frequent demand as a speaker and expert commentator.
In addition to dozens of local and national radio programs, he has appeared on CNN.com Fox News, C-SPAN, the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Netflix, the Smithsonian Network, the History Channel and PBS, among others. He also served as historical advisor for the best-selling book and documentary Salinger, the latter of which appeared nationwide in theaters and on PBS’s American Masters series. McManus hosts the National D-Day Memorial’s newly launched Someone Talked! podcast.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was in residence at the U.S. Naval Academy as the Leo A Shifrin Chair of Naval and Military History, a distinguished visiting professorship. His latest book Island Infernos: The U.S. Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944 was released in November 2021 and his previous book, Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 received the Gilder Lehrman Prize for military history, the most prestigious literary award in the field. McManus has published The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach, The Americans at D-Day and The Americans at Normandy among others.