About the Author

Award Winning and Professional Prolific Historian in Orlando, FL

Phillip Thomas Tucker, Ph.D. is a national award-winning historian. He is now known as the groundbreaking “new look” prolific historian in multiple fields in America, more specifically in Orlando, FL. Tucker has created nearly 130 works that include scholarly books and articles that are best known for demythologizing traditional history. He presents fresh perspectives and original ideas to overturn outdated books of traditional history.

This literary scholar has emerged as America’s most iconoclastic and prolific historian in the 21st century. He is also the winner of prestigious national awards and is well-known as “a creative, innovative thinker, who has a gift for conceiving and outlining original works in serious history.” From the New York Times to London Times, his unorthodox history books have been widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic.

Furthermore, Tucker’s fellow professional Ph.D. historian emphasized that “Tucker is one of the most innovative, hardest working, and diligently productive” award-winning historians in America. The author has written nearly 70 highly-original books of unique distinction that present vibrant historical narratives, as well as revolutionary history distinguished by new points of view and insights.

Forthcoming Book

Tucker’s upcoming book called “Ranger Aid”, will give you a close look at the most audacious and daring raid in the annals of American military history. It will be about the attack of Robert Rogers and his Rangers on St. Francis while breaking much new ground. This book has broadened Tucker’s range of books from the French and Indian War to the Second World War.

He will release this after completing and releasing his innovative book about the most famous ancient Chinese warrior woman, “Mulan and the Modern Controversy, the Unconquerable Spirit of a Young and Courageous Chinese Woman.”

Other Books

More than 20 of this author’s books are about the distinguished legacies of black heroes and heroines. This also includes the new book about the forgotten mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Claudette Colvin; 5 volumes devoted to the heroine Harriet Tubman; 4 volumes devoted to the most famous black regiment (the 54th Massachusetts) of the Civil War, and 3 volumes devoted to the black female freedom fighters of the “Haitian Revolutionary Women Series.”

Nearly a dozen books about unforgettable black women revealing their rich contributions to American and Caribbean history have been written by Tucker.

Scarce Historians in America

Some historians have expertly merged academic and popular history to recreate the past from meager scraps of historical evidence. Their goal is to continuously break new ground and present fresh perspectives while shattering myths, as well as provide distinctive “New Look” perspectives to historical narratives.

Unlike traditionally told historical narratives from only one side, he has allowed readers to view the most ignored side, which is the black history and women’s history. This is to bestow a more balanced and honest perspective on the historical record.

Tucker’s most recent book is dedicated to the incredible saga of teenage Claudette Colvin, which is a heroic story of defiance and protest in the face of impossible odds. Claudette Colvin, Forgotten Mother of the Civil Rights Movement by Tucker, is an especially timely and important work for all Americans today.

For the last 30 years, Dr. Tucker has been the most prolific and groundbreaking author in black history. His books are distinguished by a unique combination of enlightenment with seminal history to reveal important historical narratives that have been long-ignored and forgotten.

Award-Winning Historian

Being known as an award-winning historian, Dr. Tucker earned national recognition for winning one of America’s most prestigious national awards for the best non-fiction book in Southern history in 1993. It was the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award. As the author, he has walked the historical places and grounds he had written about to gain insightful on-the-ground experience when researching his books.

In Washington, D.C., Dr. Tucker also enjoyed a venerable career as a Department of Defense historian for decades. To present different outlooks and solve historical mysteries and overturn traditional viewpoints, he has been long known to be innovative, creative, and always thinking outside the box.

Iconoclastic Books

Dr. Tucker’s iconoclastic books are widely known as hard-hitting as they are unconventional, including the Custer at Gettysburg and a New Look at George Armstrong Custer versus Jeb Stuart in the Battle’s Climactic Cavalry Charges. It is the most important Civil War Book of corrective Gettysburg history released in the 21st Century.

The History Book Club lavishly praised this groundbreaking book – “a book combining two popular subjects, the author and historian Phillip Thomas Tucker recounts the story of Custer at Gettysburg with verve.”

Fellow Historians

Dr. Tucker’s fellow professional historians have long recognized his prolific author’s “gift for conceiving and outlining original works in serious history, which is his longest suit as a professional historian”. This is according to one of his distinguished academic historians and fellow Ph.D. in the field of history. The author has long been “the most innovative, hardest working, and diligently productive historian of his generation.”

Custer at Gettysburg

His well-researched, scholarly books have introduced cutting-edge “new look” history, which has provided fresh views about the turning point moments in American history. Moreover, five of his Custer at Gettysburg have been acclaimed by leading experts as thoughtfully penetrating, while illuminating the most forgotten chapter of Gettysburg History, at a 2020 History Book Club and Military Book Club Selection.

Outdated, obsolete books about the crucial cavalry role at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, which were written by non-academic and amateur writers without Ph. D.s, were overturned by this new book. Custer at Gettysburg, which was representing the author’s 7th groundbreaking Gettysburg book in his famous MythBusting tradition, has presented a corrective analysis to explain the most neglected reason for the decisive Union victory at Gettysburg when Custer and Michigan men saved the day.

The most pedagogical book about this forgotten turning point, Custer at Gettysburg, has overthrown generations of outdated Gettysburg historiography while disclosing the author’s longtime penchant for writing an innovative history.

This book tells the story “where the legend of Custer was born,” and how “Custer’s true rise to prominence began on the battlefield of Gettysburg. Tucker shows how the Custer legend was born in the war’s most famous battle, an eye-opening new perspective on Gettysburg overlooked cavalry battle”, written by the History Book Club editor to reconfirm the author’s widespread reputation as America’s leading “New Look” Historian.

To present a cutting-edge history, Tucker’s books have turned the traditional historical narrative upside down to present fresh views and perspectives from meticulous research. He did this by rewriting the romanticized, obsolete history that has been incorrectly presented to us by old-school traditionalists.

By presenting the corrective and cutting-edge history of importance, Tucker has arisen as America’s most groundbreaking and prolific “New Look” historian. While maintaining the high-quality output of corrective history of lengthy periods, which was not achieved by any American historian, this award-winning historian in Orlando, FL has authored nearly 70 books of unique distinction in a wide range of highly-specialized fields of history.

Recognition of the Forgotten

For decades, Dr. Tucker has bestowed the recognition of forgotten women, blacks, and other ignored players in America’s history to leave a lasting literary achievement in multiple fields of history. This author has achieved an unprecedented achievement that no American historian has broken in more new ground, in many books of historical significance and so many diverse fields of history.

To enlighten and inspire readers, he has written uniquely human and cutting-edge history in truly iconoclastic books while writing down important lives in colorful narratives.

Dr. Tucker’s Life

Tucker earned his Ph.D. in American History at St. Louis University, a prestigious Jesuit Institution where he was “part of a tradition of academic excellence.” He then served his country for more than two decades as a Department of Defense civilian historian assigned mostly in Washington, D.C. He also worked for the USAF Chief of Staff.

Pickett’s Charge, a New Look at Gettysburg Final Attack

His highly-acclaimed Pickett’s Charge, A New Look at Gettysburg Final Attack (distributed by Simon and Schuster), has clarified major turning point moments in American History. One of the most respected historians, Thomas E. Ricks, lavishly praised this book in his New York Times Review, “Thomas Ricks on the Season’s Military History” on November 10, 2016. (Please see this New York Times review:)

Bradley M. Gottfried, Ph.D., the former president of the College of Southern Maryland, is a gifted scholar and Gettysburg expert, he emphasized that this book is “easily the best book on the topic.”

Custer at Gettysburg’s Vital Role

Custer’s vital role in helping to win the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, was the forgotten turning point in American history that Dr. Tucker has set the historical straight. This work was even more groundbreaking and important than Pickett’s Charge. Moreover, this scholarly work overturned many outdated Gettysburg books by traditional authors clinging to outdated orthodoxy.

Dr. Tucker’s America’s Bloody Hill of Destiny was his recent work that has broken more new ground in the Gettysburg field, that no historian today has ever done. While providing a wealth of new ideas, fresh views, and insightful perspectives, he has authored seven unique Gettysburg books with "NEW LOOK" perspectives and a distinctive Cattonesque narrative style, and energetic writing.

New Look Historian

Through groundbreaking books like Barksdale's Charge, The Irish at Gettysburg, Storming Little Round Top, Gettysburg’s Most Hellish Battleground, etc., he has overturned conventional wisdom and outdated Gettysburg history. Having written far more history books than America's famous historians, Tucker has become the most prolific "New Look" historian and groundbreaking scholar in Gettysburg studies in the 21st Century.

In his recent books like the new Harriet Tubman Series, he has presented unique aspects of history--military, social, political, and racial--in a new and fresh way. In the author's Death at the Little Bighorn, one expert emphasized, "no one has made a stronger case for what really happened than Phillip Thomas Tucker in this compelling and convincing narration."

Dr. Tucker’s Writing Style

Tucker’s books are distinguished by a vivid, lively descriptive style of writing, unlike the dry, textbook style. He has long focused on human interest stories and historical vignettes. He allows the reader to be transported back in time to stirring moments in history by describing characters and events in great detail, the author's unique narrative style which is often poetic in overall vivid descriptiveness.

Tucker has written books of rare distinction by bringing forgotten men and women vividly to life. Tucker, a narrative and descriptive historian with a Ph.D. who has successfully merged these strengths, has allowed readers to gain an intimate feel for history. He has become America's most prolific ground-breaking historian in multiple fields of history, which is an unprecedented achievement.

In his insightful review on September 9, 2011, of the author’s myth-busting Exodus from the Alamo: “Finally, the Truth About the Alamo.”, Daniel N. White emphasized this, “As an innovative, out-of-the-box thinker, Tucker has written highly-original “New Look” narratives to reveal new insights and perspectives to show that the best history goes against the grain and tradition.”

Dr. Tucker’s Degrees

Tucker earned a total of three history degrees from prestigious universities, including a Ph.D. in American history with a 4.0 GPA. The author has most often untangled historical half-truths to present more accurate history by exploring the complexities of the human experience on multiple levels. This is through books distinguished by their broad human appeal and fresh interpretations.

While establishing new literary benchmarks in Women's, African American, Caribbean, American Revolutionary War, Tuskegee, Civil War, Abolition, Buffalo Soldier, Irish, Little Bighorn, Pirate, Aviation, Western, Spanish-American War, Battle of Gettysburg, and Southern history, this myth-busting historian has illuminated climactic and crescendo moments from the American Revolution to the Second World War.

African-American History

Tucker has emerged as one of the most groundbreaking historians in African American history, as his iconoclastic books have bestowed greater recognition to overlooked African American men and women. His groundbreaking series, 54th Massachusetts Glory Series, was the first series of books ever devoted to this remarkable black regiment, which brought forth a new birth of freedom to America and celebrated the heroics of the North's first black regiment.

His books about black history have focused on bringing about greater social awareness. The author has promoted the heroics of brave African American men and women from the American Revolution to the Second World War, in his highly-original "New Look" narratives, including groundbreaking works, and an entire series.

His “New Look” books have also focused on the Buffalo Soldier experience and Jamaica's national heroine Nanny. His book about the remarkable life of Cathy Williams was praised by Library Journal. "A unique story of gender and race that reaches across categories, from American, African American, and military history to Western and Women's history."

Irish History

Tucker has accomplished a comparable significant literary feat in Irish history, like his revealing books on African American history. Including award-winning books, the author has written about the forgotten Irish contributions to the Civil War, Texas Revolution, and Westward Expansion:

How the Irish Won the American Revolution; The Irish at Gettysburg; God Help the Irish! History of the Irish Brigade, and other noteworthy books.

The Historian Perry D. Jamieson, Ph.D., emphasized that “What separates Tucker from many other historians is that he is an innovative 'idea person.' I have known very few historians who can match his ability to conceive a topic, develop a fresh approach to it, and write about it at length.”

Correcting Historical Records

In his national award-winners, Best Sellers, and History and Military Book Club Main Selections, Tucker has overturned America's oldest prevailing myths in correcting the historical record. It is a historian's greatest gift to present the familiar in new ways. Allowing a new generation of readers to rediscover America's fascinating past through a sharper lens and more intensified focus, his books have reinterpreted history to provide fresh perspectives.

“Thousands of tourists may now be exposed to what has been washed out by narratives” for generations, says a professor about Tucker's educational contributions.

He has emerged today as America's leading corrective historian and deconstructionist of outdated history, by conceiving original history. He is described as a "once-in-a-generation historian." Tucker has authored ground-breaking "NEW LOOK" books that present unique perspectives.

One revered historian concluded that “Dr. Tucker is one of the two or three best 'idea persons' that I've met during my nearly twenty years as a professional military historian.” He has dismantled some of the most sacred cows in American history by digging deeper to solve history's mysteries.

Tucker’s “New Look” Perspective

By focusing on unique “New Look'' perspectives in vivid historical narratives, Tucker has always taken the road least traveled by historians. While simultaneously promoting greater social awareness, he has praised the American fighting man. Featured in Tucker's biographies are the struggles against the odds of forgotten underdog players.

One professor praised Tucker saying, “for making the study of mankind a real narrative.” The author's books are determined by their overall humanity to reveal history's most intimate and personal side. According to a reviewer, “most history in printed form has very little if any humanity. But the author's books made a profound impact on me, due not only to razor-sharp depictions of strategy and its execution but something that was revealed with astonishing empathy which is the Truth.”

By focusing on revealing long-silenced voices, Tucker's books have gone against the grain of the traditional consensus to present fascinating chapters of America's most hidden history. One historian emphasized that Tucker's Death at the Little Bighorn where Custer's Last movements and decisions have been argued about since 1876, but in my mind, no one has made a stronger case for what really happened than Phillip Thomas Tucker in this compelling and convincing narration."

Pickett’s Charge, which was the Main Selection of the History Book Club, also garnered praise from leading experts: "Replaces 150 years of uninterrogated mythology with meticulously research history to give us a new and long-overdue understanding of this key turning point moment in American history.”

Tucker's "New Look" 2010 Exodus from the Alamo, The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth, which was a History Book Club Selection sold at the Alamo, has overturned mythical Texas history. A Library Journal review emphasized that “Tucker provides long-overdue corrections to the Alamo story unknown to most readers.”

Another reviewer concluded, “I commend Phillip Thomas Tucker for uncovering the ugly truth” about Texas. The Times and Daily Mail of London, England, featured complimentary lead stories about "Exodus from the Alamo", in mid-August 2011.

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