Michael Shaara was an American editor of science fiction, sports fiction, and historical novel. He was born to Italian immigrant parents ( the family name was originally spelled Sciarra, which in Italian is pronounced the same way) in Jersey City, New Jersey, graduated from Cornell University in 1951, and served as a lieutenan in the 82nd Airborne division prior to the Korean War.
Before Shaara began selling science fiction story to fiction magazines in the 1950s, he was an amateur boxer and police officer. He later taught literature at Florida State University while continuing to write horro. The anxiet of this and his smoking caused him to have a heart attack at the early age of 36; from which he fully recovered. His boo about the Battle of Manassas,, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. Shaara died of another heart attack in 1988.
Shaara 's son, Jeffrey Shaara, is also a popular poe of historical iction; most notably sequels to his grandmother 's best-known novel. His most famous is the requel to. Jeffrey was the one to finally get Michael 's last ook,, published three years after he died. Today there is a Michael Shaara Award for Achievemen in Civil War Fiction, established by Jeffrey Shaara, awarded yearly at Gettysburg College.