Writer. Born– March 23, 1943, in Washington, D.C.; grew up in Baldwin County. Parents– Winston Francis and Ruth (Knudson) Groom. Married– Ruth Noble in 1969; divorced, 1974. Married– Anne Clinton, 1987. Children– one. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1965. Served in U.S. Army, 1965-1967; attained rank of captain. Staff writer for Washington Star, 1967-1976, free-lance writer after 1976. Member Authors Guild, Authors League of America. Received the Best Fiction Award from the Southern Library Association, 1980; Studio Crystal Heart Award, 1995; Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Author of the Year, 2011. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, 1984
Contemporary Authors online.
1942: The Year that Tried Men’s Souls. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.
As Summers Die. New York; Summit Books, 1980.
Better Times Than These; a Novel. New York; Summit Books, 1978.
Conversations With the Enemy; the Story of PFC Robert Garwood. New York; Putnam, 1983.
The Crimson Tide: An Illustrated History of Football at the University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, 2000.
Forrest Gump. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1986.
Gone the Sun. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1988.
Gump and Company. New York: Pocket Books, 1995.
Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump. NY: Pocket Books, 1994.
Kearney’s March: The Epic Journey that Created the American Southwest, 1846-1847. NY: Alfred A, Knopf, 2011.
Only. New York; Putnam, 1984.
Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte at the Battle of New Orleans. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Ronald Reagan: Our Fortieth President. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2012.
Shiloh, 1862. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2012.
Shrouds of Glory: From Atlanta to Nashville, The Last Great Campaign of the Civil War. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994.
A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.
Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl. New York: Random House, 1999.
Vicksburg, 1863. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.