War correspondent James Hooper is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he earned a degree in Slavic studies. He also served as a documentary researcher-writer for WFLA-TV in Tampa before moving to England, where he works as a freelance journalist. In honor of Veterans Day, we caught up with Hooper, whose most recent book, A Hundred Feet Over Hell, shares stories of the Bird Dog pilots in Vietnam, including his brother, Bill.
What is on your nightstand?
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Anthony Beaver.
I imagine you read many books on military history. Why are you reading Beaver?
I recommend him as the best. Reading this book is a natural progression for me. I've read Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 and The Fall of Berlin: 1945. They are the best historical accounts that I've come across.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer