From the Editor: Independent historian Steven L. Ossad examines the life of West Point and World War II civil affairs icon Col. David Daniel "Mickey" Marcus. Known to our readers as the author of the excellent article "The Terrills of Virginia: Impossible Loyalties, Irreconcilable Differences," which appeared in the Spring 2014 issue (No. 91) of Army History, Ossad highlights the career of a man who would gain fame not only as an athlete at the U.S. Military Academy, but also as one of the primary architects of U.S. military civil affairs policy during World War II. Marcus would also go on to become the first Israeli Aluf (general) following the partition of Palestine and the only officer to be buried at West Point having died while fighting under the flag of a foreign nation. Immortalized in the 1966 movie Cast a Giant Shadow, Marcus' exploits gave rise to a large number of fictionalizations. Ossad sets the record straight, which in no way diminishes the legend of this extraordinary individual.
Steve has focused his writing career on biography and command, under-studied heroes and battles, the lessons of failure, and applying applicable military leadership training models to the C-suite, especially small and medium-sized firms.
Steve is the winner of the 2018 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award for Biography for his 'Omar Nelson Bradley, America's GI General,' and is a Finalist for the 2018 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award. He was awarded a 2014 Army War College General and Mrs Matthew Ridgway Military History Award, as well as the 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for "Command Failures: Lessons Learned from Lloyd R. Fredendall”, Army Magazine, March 2003.
Steve grew up after World War II listening to veterans’ and wives’ stories and developed a passion for military history, especially about his parents’ war. Several experiences over decades led him to the 3rd Armored "Spearhead" Division veterans' association.
Under their auspices, he wrote a biography of their wartime commander, Major General Maurice Rose: World War II’s Greatest Forgotten Commander (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). It tells the incredible story of that hero, one of our greatest tank commanders, the son and grandson of Rabbis, who was killed while surrendering at the end of the war.
Steve's work has appeared in Army, Army History, World War II, America’s Civil War, Civil War Quarterly, Global War Studies, Military Heritage, WWII History, Military History Magazines, Wharton Leadership Digest, Trainingmag.com, CNBC Guest Author Blog, and is featured on the US Army's Center of Military History website.
For more than two decades, Steve worked as a sell-side technology analyst on Wall Street following dozens of companies in the PC, Disk Drive, and Electronics Manufacturing Services industries, publishing research on giants like Apple, Dell, and Seagate, as well as the unknown companies that make the guts of our most familiar products.
He worked with legendary entrepreneurs, business-school trained managers, investment bankers, portfolio, hedge fund, and private equity investors who created our mobile social media culture - continually evaluating them against history’s great captains.
Steve formed APPLIED BATTLEFIELD CONCEPTS LLC, to adopt the US military's Leadership Development technology for use by CEO's and business practice Managers.
Prior to his Wall Street career, Steve worked for five years as a clinical laboratory instrument product manager. He holds a BA with Honors in Philosophy from Wesleyan University, an MA degree in the History of Political Philosophy from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. The college Honors Thesis is titled: "A New Look at Plato's Apology: What is the Philosopher?", 1970