ABOUT THE AUTHORS
LIEUTENANT GENERAL MIKE DELONG, USMC, RET.
Lieutenant General DeLong has led a distinguished, 36-year military career, most recently serving as the Deputy Commander, United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. As Second-in-Command, Lieutenant General DeLong managed an $8.2 billion operating budget and directed a team of senior executive officers with a staff of over 3,000 personnel who conceived and implemented the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has commanded at all levels,
directing large forces of U.S. Marines and aircraft.
Noah Lukeman is author of the critically-acclaimed
books A Dash of Style (WW Norton),
The First Five Pages (Simon & Schuster) and The Plot Thickens (St. Martins Press), a
national bestseller and a BookSense76 and Writers Digest Book Club
selection. He has edited and ghosted numerous proposals and manuscripts which have gone on to become
New York Times Bestsellers and win major awards. As a literary agent, he is President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd., a literary agency based in New York, which he founded in 1996. His clients include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, American Book Award, Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award, National Book Award finalists, Edgar Award finalists, Pacific Rim finalists, multiple
New York Times bestsellers, national journalists, major celebrities, and faculty of universities ranging from Harvard to Stanford.
I’d like to do it all over again. The whole thing.
And more than that, more than anything, I’d like to see once again
the face of every Marine I’ve ever served with.”
--General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, 26 June 1960
when asked what he would like to do after his retirement