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Fred J. Chiaventone


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Fred J. Chiaventone


Frederick J. Chiaventone, the 13th Count of Castel Vecchia, is a novelist, screenwriter, military historian, consultant, retired cavalry officer and Professor Emeritus for International Security Affairs at the US Army's Command and General Staff College.

With his vast experience in the field he has become an internationally recognized expert on guerilla warfare, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping operations, and broadcast media.

His articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Foreign Service Journal, The Journal of the Army War College, Military Review, and many other professional publications. He is a Contributing Editor to the forthcoming volumes: Historical Dictionary of the United States Army (Greenwood Press, London) and Oxford Companion to American Military History (Oxford University Press).

Chiaventone also holds a Masterís degree in Film and Television Production from San Francisco State University and has written, produced and directed documentaries and news programming for the Department of Defense.

He frequently acts as an historical consultant and advisor to film and television productions, including Ken Burns' PBS documentary The West and TNT's productions of The Rough Riders and Two For Texas (winner of the 1999 Western Heritage Award). He was the Military/Historical Advisor for Ang Lee's Civil War film Ride With The Devil (Universal/USA Films).

Chiaventone's first novel, A Road We Do Not Know: A Novel of Custer at the Little Bighorn (hardcover edition, Simon & Schuster; trade paperback, University of New Mexico Press) was published to rave critical reviews, won the 1999 William E. Colby Literary Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in literature. His next novel Absaroka: A Novel of the American Frontier at War, will be published by Tor/Forge in 2001, and heís completed his latest screenplay Beatrice, a drama of murder, betrayal, and political intrigue set in Renaissance Italy, which has been optioned for motion picture rights. He most recently put the finishing touches on "Gone to Kingdom," a novella (and screenplay) set in Civil War Missouri, Absent Friends, a screenplay of military-political conspiracy set in present day Washington, DC, and has adapted Leon Uris' novel Mila 18 for the screen.

In 1997 Chiaventone was inducted into the elite "Colby Circle"--a group of writers recognized for their contributions to public understanding of military and political affairs. Fellow members of the Colby Circle include New York Times bestselling authors Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Winston Groom, W.E.B. Griffin, James Webb, Phil Caputo, Ralph Peters, Harry Coyle, and Mark Bowden.