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About Ed Steers


Dr. Steers was trained as a molecular biologist graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (BS 1959, PhD 1963). He joined the staff of the National Institutes of Health and worked as a biomedical researcher in collaboration with Christian B. Anfinsen (Nobel Prize winner in 1972) until 1984 when he was appointed Deputy Science Director for intramural research in the Diabetes and Digestive Diseases and Kidney Diseases Institute (NIDDK). He retired in 1994 and took up writing fulltime in his favorite avocation, history.

During the past thirteen years Dr. Steers has published four paperback books and four hardcover books dealing with Abraham Lincoln, and the Home Front during World War II.

Dr. Steers has appeared on such programs as BookNotes with Brian Lamb, Hard Cover History on the History Channel, Washington Journal (C-SPAN), as well as C-Span's Book TV and several radio programs (Chicago, Miami, Denver, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Philadelphia, Rochester, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and on PBS Morning Edition with Bob Edwards). As a result of the recognition Blood on the Moon received Dr. Steers has appeared in four television productions on the History Channel dealing with Lincoln’s assassination . He appeared on the Today Show where he was interviewed by Matt Lauer. The book was discussed by Robert Novak on CNN’s Crossfire in conjunction with the case of Dr. Samuel Mudd.

Dr. Steers has written over fifty articles in various magazines and historical journals including Civil War Times, North & South, Civil War History (Kent State), the Lincoln Herald, Louisiana Life, Civil War Regiments, and the Columbiad. In addition he has written major articles for several newspapers including The Washington Times, the Newark Sunday Herald, and the Allentown Morning Call.

Dr. Steers has several projects in various stages of completion. In press at the Louisiana State University Press scheduled for early 2009 is a book co-authored with Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer titled The Honor to Report. The Letter Books of Major John Frederick Hartranft. Hartranft served as the military governor responsible for the eight accused conspirators held in the Old Federal Penitentiary at the Washington Arsenal. A second book, co-authored with William A. Edwards is in press at the Univeristy of Illinois Press scheduled for 2008 titled The Evidence File in the Case of the Lincoln Assassins. The book will contain all of the documents (statements, affidavits, interviews, exhibits) gathered by the Federal government in preparation for prosecuting the Lincoln conspirators.