A resident of Asheville, N.C., John Ross is fascinated by the intersection of human endeavor and natural history. His most recent book is The Forecast for D-Day and the Weatherman behind Ike’s Greatest Gamble (Lyons Press, 2014) http://d-dayforecast.com/. Had the invasion of Nazi-held France been launched on 5 June, 1944 when it was originally scheduled, it would have failed and Western Europe would have fallen into the Communist camp at the end of the war. Instead, on the advice of his meteorologists, Ike postponed D-day for 24 hours. Through extensive interviews with the last of the surviving weathermen who made the forecast and extensive research in the U.S., England, Ireland, and countries occupied by the Germans, Ross tells the story of the most important weather forecast in history.
An ardent conservationist, he is the author of Rivers of Restoration (Skyhorse, 2008) which chronicles 21 projects across the country where Trout Unlimited is improving water quality and restoring native trout and salmon in the process. He is the former chair of the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited and the author of The Trout Unlimited Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams (National Outdoor Book Award, 1999; Lyons Press, 3rd edition, 2013). He is a senior editor with Sporting Classics and over the years, his articles have appeared in all the major outdoor magazines. Of more serious nature, he co-authored Hospice: The Loving Circle of Care with his late wife, Katie Anders, and the landmark book on the practice of public relations in higher education.
Raised in Knoxville, Tenn., Ross has first-hand experience in the documentation of Indian cultures along the Little Tennessee River and exploration of the geology underlying potential TVA dam sites on the French Broad in western North Carolina. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, a consultant for non-profits on strategic communications, and a leader of volunteer non-profits dedicated to the conservation of natural resources.