Neal Bascomb (born 1971) is an American journalist and author. He is known for his books on popular history.
Early life and education
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University with a B.A. in Economics and English Literature.
After graduation, he worked as a journalist in London, Paris, and Dublin. He was an editor for St. Martin's Press, and in 2000, he began writing books full-time. His books have ranked on a number of bestseller lists, been optioned for film, and been published in over 15 countries. He has contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
|Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City||2003||ISBN 0385506600||The race between the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and 40 Wall Street, to claim the title of the world's tallest building during the Roaring Twenties||Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer Pick|
|The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It||2005||ISBN 0618391126||The story of Roger Bannister, Wes Santee, and John Landy battling to be the first runner to break the four-minute mile||New York Times Bestseller|
|Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin||2007||ISBN 9780618592067||Details the events of the Battleship Potemkin uprising||United States Maritime Literature Award|
|Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi||2009||ISBN 9780618858675||Depicts the search for and capture of Adolf Eichmann||National Bestseller|
|The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts||2011||ISBN 9780307588890||Bascomb follows the FIRST robotics team from Dos Pueblos High School and details their experience; see D'Penguineers||Optioned by film producer Scott Rudin|
|The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi||2013||ISBN 9780545430999||Depicts the search for and capture of Adolf Eichmann||For readers age 12-18|
|One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth||2015||ISBN 9780062295583||Written with Bonner Paddock, it chronicles Paddock's effort to climb Mount Kilimanjaro||New York Times Bestseller|
|The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb||2016||ISBN 9780544368057||How a brilliant scientist and a band of young patriots destroyed Vemork, the plant that provided heavy water, an essential resource for the German atomic research program.||New York Times Bestseller / Optioned by Michael Bay, Paramount Pictures|
|The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War||2018||ISBN 0544937112||National Bestseller / Optioned by director Lenny Abrahamson|
|Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best||2020||ISBN 9781328489876||Amazon History Book of the Month / Optioned by Imperative Entertainment|