|About the Book|
Born in rural East Tennessee of Norwegian, Highland Scots, and Cherokee-Shawnee ancestry, Stone attended Tennessee public schools and graduated in 1957 from East Tennessee State University with a bachelors degree in English. Knighted in 1994, in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Papal Order in direct descent from Crusader knights, he also bears the hereditary titles of Lord of Cullen and Lord of Drumtariff, both ancient Gaelic feudal fiefdoms of Baronial rank.Stone has maintained a residence in Hawaii since 1958. He lives in Volcano with his wife, Walelu Stone.Stone is the author of 27 books. His first, The Coasts of War (1966, Pyramid) was the first Vietnam war novel. In 1969, The Dragons Eye (Fawcett and five foreign publishers), a novel of Indochina, won the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award as the best original softcover suspense novel published in America. In addition to novels, many of his books are non-fiction, covering a wide range of topics, including Hawaiis military history, a history of Honolulu, biographies of prominent islanders, and due for publication in 2002, a book with the biographies of 50 outstanding Japanese-American women of the 20th century in Hawaii.The island of Hawaii, where Stone has lived for many years, is the subject of several of his books, including The Tsunami of 1946 and 1960 and the Devastation of Hilo Town (2000, Island Heritage), written with Dr. Walt Dudley, UH Hilo professor of marine geology and oceanography. Stone has also written on Hawaiis volcanoes and other travel topics, as well as an economic overview entitled The Island of Hawaii/from Sail to Space (1997, Donning Company Publishers).