James D. Hornfischer

James D. Hornfischer (born 1965 in Massachusetts) is an American literary agent and naval historian.

A former book editor at the publishing company HarperCollins in New York, Hornfischer is president of Hornfischer Literary Management, a literary agency in Austin, Texas.


Hornfischer is a 1987 graduate of Colgate University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with high honors in German. He received a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.

Professional background

Hornfischer, a non-practicing member of the State Bar of Texas, is president of Hornfischer Literary Management, a literary agency in Austin, Texas, that represents authors of nonfiction books in a variety of subject areas, including current affairs, history, politics, biography, business, and popular science, among others. Clients include David Bellavia, James Bradley, H. W. Brands, Fred Burton, Susannah Charleson, Kim Cross, Steve Forbes, George Friedman, William H. Goetzmann, Don Graham, James L. Haley, Woody Holton, Annie Jacobsen, Alex Kershaw, Governor Rick Perry, Ron Powers, Roy Spence, Mark K. Updegrove, and others. He is a member of the Authors Guild and the Texas Institute of Letters, and serves on the advisory board of The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, sponsored by the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. He has written for Smithsonian, the Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals. He is a board member of the Naval Historical Foundation.


  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour (Bantam hardcover, 2004; Bantam trade paperback, 2005) ISBN 0-553-80257-7
  • Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors (Bantam hardcover, 2006; Bantam trade paperback, 2007). ISBN 0-553-80390-5
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal (Bantam hardcover, 2011). ISBN 978-0-553-80670-0
  • Service: A Navy SEAL at War with Marcus Luttrell (Little Brown hardcover, 2012). ISBN 978-0-316-18536-3
  • The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 (Bantam hardcover, Oct. 25, 2016). ISBN 978-0-345-54870-2


In the media


  1. "Latest NOUS Awards". Naval Order of the United States. Archived from the original on 2017-06-03. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  2. "Previous Morison Book Awards". Naval Order of the United States, New York Commandery. Archived from the original on 2016-08-27. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
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