Penmore Press is pleased to introduce featured author Jim Stempel, whose most recent novel, Windmill Point, has been gathering praise for its powerful narrative and unique perspective. His more recent nonfiction work American Hannibal: The Extraordinary Account of Revolutionary War Hero Daniel Morgan at the Battle of Cowpens has earned accolades from the Journal of the American Revolution.
For over thirty years Jim Stempel has had the good fortune of living with his family in Western Maryland, at a location overlooking the Blue Ridge. A student of the human condition, he is the author of seven books whose genres include satire, psychology, spirituality, and historical nonfiction. He is a graduate of the Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina.
Praise for American Hannibal:
"American Hannibal is a great introduction for readers seeking basic knowledge of the war and its personalities. Readable and engaging, this book will appeal primarily to those with an interest in military history and would be an excellent transition for those who enjoy historical fiction but wish to venture into reading nonfiction accounts. Stempel's defense of the battle's importance is certainly on point, and new students of the Revolution will likely learn a great deal from this book."—The Journal of the American Revolution
"It takes an excellent writer to craft a book on military history. One of the most difficult genres to write well, it also requires a writer with in-depth knowledge of his subject combined with an artist’s palette to paint the kaleidoscope of battle. Jim Stempel wields the pen and paint brush to craft yet another book which I would argue is his best work to date." -- J F Holden-Rhodes, author of Smart and Faithful Force.
American Hannibal: The Extraordinary Account of Revolutionary War Hero Daniel Morgan at the Battle of Cowpens. On January 17, 1781, a battle took place in the backwoods of South Carolina. British Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton, handpicked by General Charles Cornwallis for command due to his dash and record of accomplishment, was opposed by Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, a rough-and-tumble son of the American frontier. Morgan employed a scheme so brilliantly conceived and masterfully executed that within an hour, the British found themselves overwhelmed, enveloped, and routed from the field. In response to this stunning American victory, Cornwallis embarked on a reckless, desperate trek north in pursuit of Morgan—a strategy that ultimately led to his own defeat at Yorktown. In his compelling account of the Battle of Cowpens, Jim Stempel makes the case that Morgan's victory closely mirrors Hannibal's extraordinary triumph at Cannae, regarded by many as one of the greatest military accomplishments of all time. (Nonfiction)
In Windmill Point, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and a host of other historical characters tell the gripping tale of the Battle of Cold Harbor from their own perspective. The story should prove as interesting to the occasional reader as the professional historian. James Holden-Rhodes, author of Smart and Faithful Force: Henry Clay Cochrane and the United States Marine Corps, 1861-1905, writes, "Of greatest importance is Stempel's ability to clearly, and in an engaging manner, weave through and explain the action at Cold Harbor. His crisp, clear description of the brilliant move by Grant to disengage—unbeknownst to Lee's army—literally in the face of the enemy keeps the reader pinned to the pages. Here, Stempel lays out the strategic factors that could bring the war to an early end, or, slip into a long drawn-out siege at Petersburg." Read the full review here.
Considered an authority on the Eastern campaigns of the American Civil War, Stempel has also published two scholarly works on the subject and numerous articles, which appear in such varied journals as Concepts in Human Development, New Times, and North & South, and more recently at online journals History News Network and Military History Now. Stempel's earlier novel of the Civil War, Albemarle, was nominated for the James Fenimore Cooper Prize in historical fiction.
In addition to working on other historical fiction concerning the Civil War, Stempel is currently putting the finishing touches on a narrative nonfiction presentation of one of the more important but generally forgotten campaigns of the American Revolution.