The Bonfire
The Bonfire

Marc Wortman is the author of The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power (2006) and The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta (2009), both published by PublicAffairs Books. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, the late novelist Louis Auchincloss praised The Millionaires’ Unit for its “fascinating detail … [and] vivid, hair-raising, and sometimes horrifying accounts of individual dogfights and crashes.” Emory University historian Michael A. Elliott wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that The Bonfire is “more complicated, but no less dramatic, than anything that came from Margaret Mitchell’s pen…a gripping read." The Bonfire was a selection of the History Book Club.

The Millionaires' Unit  is the basis for a documentary in production by Humanus Films ( It was shown at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 and will soon be distributed nationally.

Marc is presently at work on a new history of the period prior to the US entry into World War II, Waking to War: A Divided America in a World at War.

Recipient of Sigma Delta Chi and CASE feature writing and Daily Beast Long Reads awards as a freelance journalist, Marc has written feature articles on a wide range of subjects for Vanity Fair, Smithsonian, Town & Country, Technology Review, and other popular and specialized publications. He frequently contributes reviews and essays to The Daily Beast. He is also a Contributing Writer for Start-Up. Along the way, he was also a columnist for the New Haven Register and an editor at the Yale Alumni Magazine. He has spoken to audiences around the country and appeared on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN BookTV, CPTV, GPB, and many other radio and television outlets. Marc was born in St. Louis and grew up in the Washington, DC, area. Following college at Brown University, he received a doctorate from Princeton University. He lives in New Haven.


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