Winston Groom

Winston Groom took the publishing world by storm when his 1986 novel Forrest Gump​ flew to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 21 weeks. 

Born in 1943, Groom grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where he attended University Military School prep.  In 1965 he graduated from the University of Alabama with an AB in English and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.  He served in Vietnam, mostly with the 1st Brigade of the Fourth Infantry Division from July 1966 to September 1967, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of captain.  He then spent the next eight years working as a reporter and columnist for the Washington Star before becoming a full-time author.  He holds several honorary PhD degrees as a doctor of humane letters.

In addition to being a talented novelist, Groom is also a renowned author of history.  He has also written The Crimson Tide: An Illustrated History of Football at the University of Alabama. Groom has written for numerous magazines, including Smithsonian, Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, Newsweek, Esquire, SportsAfield, Wooden Boat, Architectural Digest, Garden & Gun, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Magazine, as well as op-ed pieces in the New York Times​ and the ​Washington Post.

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