Walter Borneman

Walter R. Borneman’s latest book on American history is The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King (Little, Brown, 2012). Others include Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land (HarperCollins, 2003); 1812: The War That Forged a Nation (HarperCollins, 2004); 14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorado’s Highest Mountains (with photographer Todd Caudle; Skyline Press, 2005); The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America (HarperCollins, 2006); Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America (Random House, 2008); and Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad (Random House, 2010).

Borneman is known in Colorado’s mountains as the co-author of A Climbing Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners, the history and standard routes of Colorado’s 54 peaks above 14,000 feet, which was in-print for twenty-five years.

"My overriding goal in writing history has been to get the facts straight and then present them in a readable fashion.
I am convinced that knowing history is not just about appreciating the past, but also about understanding the present and planning for the future."

Walt has undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Western State College of Colorado (1974, 1975) and wrote his master’s thesis on a town characteristic of the western mining frontier. Borneman received his law degree from the University of Denver (1981).

He has won awards from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York, the Tennessee Library Association and Historical Commission, and the Colorado Humanities Program. His commentary has recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal,,, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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