William Dietrich

About me

William Dietrich is the author of 17 books, including the Ethan Gage series of Napoleonic adventures and books set in World War II and the Roman Empire. His work has sold into 28 languages. As a journalist he shared a Pulitzer for covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and has worked as a university professor.

From my website

Napoleon on Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte was never shy about sharing his opinions. A pro-revolutionary pamphlet he wrote at 23 helped him wangle his first important army job, command of the artillery at the siege of Toulon. I’ve been collecting the conqueror’s quotes for a non-fiction project. Some of his sayings have found their…

Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later

A quarter-century ago today, I got a call in a Portland hotel room where I was working on a story about Oregon land use planning. I was told to go to Alaska instead. The Exxon Valdez had run aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound shortly after midnight and…

Anniversary in a Last Best Place

A full moon was setting over the San Juan Islands when my wife and I got up this morning. The path of moonlight seemed like an approving omen. This St. Patrick’s Day is the 16th anniversary of our move into this view home in Anacortes, WA. We’ve enjoyed the water,…

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