Ralph Peters
Retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel, Author

Colonel Ralph Peters served over two decades in the U.S. Army, focusing on intelligence and strategic reporting from numerous countries and regions. During his service, he spent extensive time working against the former Soviet Union and the “new” Russia, as well as conducting investigative projects in the Andean Ridge of Latin America and Southeast Asia. He also did additional work in Pakistan, the Caucasus, and the Pentagon.


Colonel Peters became known for innovative and sometimes controversial analysis, predicting the rise of Islamist terrorism, the failure of democracy in Russia, the proliferation of unconventional threats, the need to fight in cities, and the collapse of Middle-Eastern societies.  After leaving the military, he wrote for a wide range of top US and international newspapers and magazines and conducted research projects in Indonesia, India, and throughout Africa. Colonel Peters reported from Iraq multiple times and from Israel during the 2006 war. He then served as Fox News’ strategic analyst for a decade before leaving in protest.


Colonel Ralph Peters has over thirty years of lecture experience and writing on strategic and security topics, to government and public audiences, at home and abroad. He is also a prize-winning, best-selling novelist concentrating on American history, and the author of 32 books, ranging from strategic analysis to contemporary thrillers.

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Valley of the ShadowThe Battle Hymn Cycle (Volume 3)
Forge Books

From a daring Confederate raid that nearly seized Washington, D.C., to a stunning reversal on the bloody fields of Cedar Creek, the summer and autumn of 1864 witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of our Civil War, in mighty battles now all but forgotten.

Judgment at AppomattoxThe Battle Hymn Cycle (Volume 5)
Forge Books

A great war nears its end. Robert E. Lee makes a desperate, dramatic gamble. It fails. Ulysses S. Grant moves. Veteran armies clash around Petersburg, Virginia, as Grant seeks to surround Lee and Lee makes a skillful withdrawal in the night. Richmond falls

The Damned of PetersburgThe Battle Hymn Cycle (Volume 4)
Forge Books

Glory turned grim…and warfare changed forever. As Grant pinned Lee to Petersburg and Richmond, the Confederacy’s stubborn Army of Northern Virginia struggled against a relentless Union behemoth, with breathtaking valor and sacrifice on both sides.

Hell or RichmondThe Battle Hymn Cycle (Volume 2)
Forge Books

Between May 5 and June 3, 1864, the Union and Confederate armies suffered 88,000 casualties. Twenty-nine thousand were killed, wounded or captured in the first two days of combat. The savagery shocked a young, divided nation.

Lines of Fire A Renegade Writes on Strategy, Intelligence, and Security
Stackpole Books

For three decades, Ralph Peters has been the most provocative and visionary American writer on strategy, security, intelligence, and military affairs, predicting every major trend that has plagued the post-Cold-War world. A career military officer and acclaimed author, he has always faced the issues others shunned until it was too late.

Looking For TroubleAdventures in a Broken World
Stackpole Books

Peters recounts the personal experiences that shaped his views of the world, from the collapsing Soviet Union to the drug wars of the Andean Ridge, from quiet forays into Burma and Laos to military missions to Pakistan and the Caucasus--and on to the Southwest border of the United States and the meanest streets of Los Angeles.

Global Affairs and Security Peters delivers lectures on the global strategic environment---with special emphasis on Russia, the greater Middle East, Europe and Islamist terrorism---with integration of current international and security issues.

Foreign Policy Peters focuses on how various foreign-policy challenges interact. In his speeches, he provides innovative and alternative views on the global future and how to cope with it.

Read about Peters’ exit from FOX News in this article on The New York Times

Check out Peters’ writings for The New York Post

Take a look at the articles Peters contributed for The National Review

Check out this interview Peters did with PBS on General Shinseki’s efforts to change the Army

Praise for Valley of the Shadow “Those who enjoy Bruce Catton's and Shelby Foote's Civil War histories will find a fictional equal in Peters . . . a superlative novel.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“[Peters] continues his superb chronicle of the Civil War. Peters naturally excels at precise military detailing and brutal battle scenes . . . an absolute must read.”

“[Peters'] immense knowledge of the tactics and the details of a soldier's life at that time are combined with a narrative drive that kept me turning pages late into the night.”
— Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn

Praise for Judgement at Appomattox “The final volume of Ralph Peters’ series on the epic story of the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg to Appomattox lives up to the standard of high drama of its predecessors. Here is fiction firmly rooted in historical sources, dialogue that reflects the genuine vernacular, personalities true to the characters they portray. If you thought you knew the Civil War, read these books to discover how much you still had to learn.”
— James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom

“Ralph Peters makes history come alive. His vivid prose captures the burdens of command, the horrors and exhilarations of combat, the hopes and fears of the soldiers—all with deep respect for historical accuracy. Grant and Lee, Meade and Longstreet, Sheridan and Gordon, and so many other historical figures emerge from these pages as living, breathing human beings, teeming with the range of motives and emotions that mark the human condition.”
— Richard J. Sommers, author of Richmond Redeemed: The Siege of Petersburg

“Ralph Peters makes you see, taste, smell and hear battle and brings to vivid life the long-dead warriors who fought the Civil War. His award-winning Civil War series is fascinating reading.”
— Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of War