The son of a WWII veteran, James Wright joined the Marines at age 17 and served for three years, primarily with the First Marine Brigade in Hawaii and Japan. He earned a PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, became a history professor at Dartmouth College in 1969, and served as president of Dartmouth from 1998 to 2009. Since 2005 he has visited military hospitals over two dozen times and has worked to establish educational and counseling programs for wounded veterans, efforts featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, ABC World News and VFW Magazine, and recognized by educational, veteran, and service organizations. He lives in New Hampshire.
He is the author of Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them.