Of David P. Colley
David P. Colley is a full time author and freelance writer based in Easton, Pa. specializing in military history and military affairs. He is the author of five books relating to World War II and has written numerous articles on military matters ranging from a Popular Mechanics Magazine cover article on rebuilding aircraft carriers, and a piece on the proximity fuse for American Heritage, to a review on World War II history for the New York Times Book Review.
Colley’s books have won recognition and acclaim. Blood For Dignity, published in 2003 by St. Martin’s, was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and the paperback edition was listed in the Book Review's New & Noteworthy Column in 2004. Movie rights for the book were sold to Village Roadshow Pictures. Colley has appeared on various History Channel programs on WWII and has been interviewed on Eye On Books.
In 2001 Colley’s book, The Road To Victory, received the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award. The book relates the history of the famed Red Ball Express in World War II.
Colley has written hundreds of articles on a variety of subjects that have appeared in such publications as the New York Times Travel Section, Historic Preservation, Army, World War II, Nation's Business and Sport. He was a contributing editor at Mechanical Engineering magazine and is the author or co-author of several other books.
Colley was born in San Francisco and raised in the U.S. and in Europe. He is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and served in the Ordnance branch of the U.S. Army. After military service he became a journalist, first as a reporter and assistant city editor with the Trenton, N.J. Trentonian and later as a reporter with the Baltimore Evening Sun. During his journalism career he won numerous national and regional awards for excellence.
Colley has lived in France, and speaks French fluently, and has traveled widely through, Asia, Africa, South America as well as Europe and the United States. He lives with his wife Elizabeth Keegin Colley, a photographer, on College Hill in Easton. They have two sons, Padraic and Christopher.