Thomas B. Allen

Books and Articles


Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War
The Loyalist Corps: Americans in Service of the King
(co-author with Todd W. Braisted)
Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War (co-author with Roger MacBride Allen)
Declassified: 50 Secret Documents that Changed History
Remember Valley Forge
Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent
The Bonus Army: An American Epic
(co-author with Paul Dickson)
George Washington, Spymaster
Smithsonian’s World War II Memorial
Shark Attacks
Remember Pearl Harbor
The Washington Monument: It Stands for All
The Shark Almanac
America from Space
Animals of Africa
Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage
(co-author, with Norman Polmar)
Offerings at the Wall
Code-name: Downfall
(co-author with Norman Polmar)
Possessed; editions in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and Hong Kong. A movie by the same name, based on the book, was shown by Showtime. A documentary, “In the Grip of Evil,” which drew from the book, was broadcast by the Discovery Channel.
Murder in the Senate (co-author with Senator William Cohen)
The Blue and the Gray
CNN’s Guide to the 1992 Election
World War II: America at War 1941-1945
(co-author, with Norman Polmar) Selected by the New York Public Library as one of the top reference books of the year.
Merchants of Treason (co-author, with Norman Polmar)
War Games
Ship of Gold
, a novel (co-author, with Norman Polmar)
CNN: War in the Gulf (co-author with Norman Polmar and F. Clifton Berry. Sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide in several languages.)
Rickover: Controversy and Genius (co-author with Norman Polmar)
Treasures of the Tide (co-author)
Guardians of the Wild
Earth’s Amazing Animals (co-author)
America’s Wildlife Sampler (co-author)
Vanishing Wildlife of North America
A Short Life
, a novel (A movie was based on the book.)
The Last Inmate, a novel
Living in Washington (co-author)
The Quest: A Report on Extraterrestrial Life
Shadows in the Sea: the Sharks, Skates, and Rays


National Geographic Magazine:
Time Catches Up with Mongolia
Pearl Harbor: A Return to the Day of Infamy
U.S. Eighth Air Force: The Wings of War
Xinjiang; The Silk Road’s Lost World
Turkey Struggles for Balance
Deep Mysteries of Kaikoura Canyon
Remember the Maine
Return to the Battle of Midway
Cuba’s Gold
The Future is Calling
Lost Stories of D-Day
He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Military History Quarterly, Military History, Naval History, Military History, American Heritage, Grolier Encyclopedia, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Popular Science Annual, American History, the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Seapower, and publications of the National Wildlife Federation.

Selected Works

Gone from the Mount Vernon Library since 1858, a great treasure is back—and begins a new life in an exquisite reproduction.
The fascinating story of the 1844 presidential campaign of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism.
A History of the Loyalists in the American Revolution. An accompanying book is The Loyalist Corps: Americans in Service of the King (co-author Todd W. Braisted)
How the North Used Technology to Win the Civil War. (Co-author Roger MacBride Allen)
A great American survival story that begins on a trail of defeat and ends when General George Washington leads a new army out of Valley Forge, heading toward victory.
An exciting narrative about daring slaves and free blacks who spied for the Union during the Civil War.
Because Washington was a great spymaster, the Americans outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War.
"Spy Book" is the definitive reference to the secret world of dead drops, code names, double agents, and black projects.
Culled from archives around the world, 50 documents illuminate the secret and often inaccessible stories of agents, espionage, and behind-the-scenes events that covertly changed history.
The saga of determined World War I veterans, from their historic march on Washington in 1932 to their legacy, the GI Bill, in 1944.
A day-by-day account of the real exorcism on which the movie “The Exorcist” was based.
Non-Fiction, ages 10 to 14
A compelling narrative laced with first-person accounts from both American and Japanese survivors.
A List of Books and Articles
by Thomas B. Allen