Nicholas E. Sarantakes

Nicholas E. Sarantakes

Associate Professor
S&P Professor
Strategy & Policy
(401) 841-1249
(401) 841-6418


Professor Nicholas Evan Sarantakes holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California. He also earned a M.A. degree in history from the University of Kentucky. Before that, he earned a B.A. in history from the University of Texas. His first two books looked at the battle and occupation of Okinawa: Keystone: The American Occupation of Okinawa and U.S.-Japanese Relations (2000), which was followed by Seven Stars: The Okinawa Battle Diaries of Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. and Joseph Stilwell (2004). His next book looked at coalition warfare: Allies Against the Rising Sun: The United States, the British Nations, and the Defeat of Imperial Japan (2009). His fourth book, Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War (2010), is a diplomatic history of the 1980 Olympic boycott. His most recent book is Making Patton: A Classic War Film's Epic Journey to the Silver Screen (2012). He is currently in the research stage of a book on the battle of Manila. He has published a
number of articles that have been appeared in journals such as Diplomatic History, English Historical Review, The Journal of Military History, Joint Forces Quarterly, and, and both his academic and military publications have won him writing awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has previously taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce, the Air War College, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a book review editor for Presidential Studies Quarterly.

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