Popular literature (i.e. trashy paperbacks) has had a singularly formative influence on Larry Grant. Despite being told repeatedly as a youngster to put out the light and go to sleep, he never did. He hasn’t yet. His devotion to histories and mysteries diverted him away from mundane pursuits like training for practical employment into the study of history at the University of California, San Diego, where eventually he earned degrees in European and U.S. history.
With graduation looming and no stomach for real work, his great familiarity with the adventurous seagoing novels of Horatio Hornblower led him to accept a commission as a U.S. Navy officer where he served for 23 years in many seagoing and staff positions in the United States, Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East. In that time, he sailed all seven seas and visited every continent including Antarctica. More than fifty port calls around the world provided him with almost as much appreciation of foreign lands as it did of his home in the United States. It was particularly thrilling to occasionally visit scenes from the many histories he has read.
After ending his seagoing career, Larry has devoted his time to volunteer work and writing. As a volunteer he has worked in the South Carolina Historical Society archives and interviewed aging veterans of WWII and the Korean War for the Citadel Oral History Program. As a writer he edited Maj. Gen. Johnson Hagood’s post-World War I memoir of the U.S. occupation of the German Rhineland. He has also written on the logistics problem experienced by the U.S. Army during WWI, and most recently completed a chapter that scratched his science fiction itch in which he explored the impossibility of Star Trek’s Prime Directive. Sadly, though his Navy career overlapped with hers, he never sailed in USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
When not writing military history and keeping up to date on his latest reading, he occasionally teaches introductory western and world history courses for the History Department.
Office: 427B Capers Hall
Research Interests: Diplomatic History
Vita: Mr. Grant's Vita