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Fred (left) with his longtime friend General Dave Petraeus. Fred, Dave, and Karl Eikenberry served together in the Rapid Deployment Force and have remained friends ever since. Petraeus commanded  US and Allied efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and went on to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency while Lieutenant General Eikenberry (USA, Ret) served as our Ambassador to Afghanistan all are now retired...after a fashion. All stay in close touch.

Frederick J. Chiaventone – is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and commentator. His novel of Red Cloud’s War “Moon of Bitter Cold” won the coveted Western Heritage "Wrangler" Award while his novel of the Little Bighorn “A Road We Do Not Know” won the Ambassador William F. Colby Award, the William Rockhill Nelson Award for Literature, and was nominated for a Pulitzer. His newest novel "Gone to Kingdom" is a roman a clef of young men coming of age during the brutal conflict on the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War.

Fred’s articles have been featured regularly in the New York Post, Los Angeles Times,  Chicago Tribune, Armchair General, American Heritage, Cowboys & Indians, Wild West, American Heritage and Military Heritage as well as many other newspapers and magazines. His article on the history of the Pony Express for Wild West Magazine won another Western Heritage "Wrangler" Award.

A retired Army officer, Fred was chief of Special Operations for 6th US Army and later taught  National Security strategy, psychological operations,  counter terrorism operations and counter insurgency operations at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College. He was contributing editor for the Oxford Companion to American Military History and for Greenwood Press’ Historical Dictionary of the United States Army.

An advisor to director Ang Lee for his film Ride With The Devil (Universal Pictures) Fred has appeared on PBS' The American Experience, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and has been a featured speaker at the National Press Club, the Pritzker Military Library, and many colleges and universities.

Chiaventone lives in the small town from where Ben ’Stagecoach King’ Holladay ran his Overland Stage Empire and a young Buffalo Bill Cody clerked in his uncle’s store. During the Civil War this area was a hotbed of activity for the guerrilla bands led by William Quantrill and ‘Bloody Bill’ Anderson, a subject dealt with in Fred's new book "Gone to Kingdom."

Chiaventone's articles have appeared in newspapers and periodicals worldwide.

Direct queries may be addressed to Fred directly at or to his representative in the UK, Mr. Ian Drury at Sheil-Land Associates, Ltd. 52 Doughty Street LondonWC1N 2LS (Telephone: 020 7405 9351 e-mail: 



Chiaventone in Africa
Shariing a joke with Executive Officer of Peace Enforcement battalion preparing for the Congo.

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