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.