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."