Steven L. Ossad

Award-winning historian, biographer, and speaker about war and veterans

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St. Louis, MO, 2017

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Omar Bradley rose to the pinnacle of the American military establishment and was the last of the major World War II military leaders to pass from the scene. Usually included as the last and youngest of the “five stars,” he had the most combat experience of the three American Army Group commanders in Europe during World War II and was our most important ground commander. Bradley’s postwar career ensures his legacy as one of the architects of U.S. Cold War global strategy. These latter contributions, as much as Bradley’s demonstrable World War II leadership, shaped U.S. history and culture in decisive, dramatic, and previously unexamined ways.

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.

COL David D. "Mickey" Marcus Inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Civil Affairs Regiment, US Army JFK Special Forces Center and School, Ft. Bragg, NC, October 26, 2017

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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.

He was awarded a 2014 Army War College General and Mrs Matthew Ridgway Military History Award for work on Omar Bradley, 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,, 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 HR 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 New School for Social Research, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. The Honors Thesis is titled: "A New Look at Plato's Apology: What is the Philosopher?", 1970

Updated October 26, 2017