Chris Dickon


Chris Dickon is a writer and veteran television and radio producer/​reporter/​writer with most of his previous work in public broadcasting, and current effort in book and article writing and research. His documentaries, features, reporting and interviewing have been broadcast nationally on PBS stations and on National Public Radio, and internationally on the Voice of America. Awards for his broadcast work have come from Columbia University, Ohio State University, the University of Missouri, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, and included an Emmy from the Capital Region Chapter of NATAS.

As an author of seven books, he has brought the storytelling and graphic style of broadcast production to books that tell little known stories of American history. His most recent book, A Rendezvous with Death: Alan Seeger in Poetry, at War, is a comprehensive biography of the World War I soldier poet. The previous book, Americans at War in Foreign Forces, tells the story of the 75,000 plus Americans who fought in the two World Wars as members of Canadian, British, French and other foreign forces. It complements The Foreign Burial of American War Dead, which traces the history of American war dead still buried abroad since the Revolutionary War, and the evolution of American attitudes and practices about its war dead.

Selected Works

In “Rendezvous With Death,” Dickon, a veteran public television and radio producer, has written a worthwhile and important biography of Seeger that is meticulously researched, amply illustrated . . . a masterful job of enabling the reader to view Seeger in his place and time and to evaluate his contribution to World War I and the poetry it produced. - - The Virginian-Pilot
"A full accounting for our soldier dead who remain on foreign shores. A wonderful and very caring read which covers our boys in France AND the North Russia Expeditionary Force." - World War I Centennial Commission "An insightful and historically significant book. " - Google Books
A sailing USN frigate, now a watermill in England: . . . a gem of a book. Virginian Pilot, Norfolk.
"Readers seeking untold tales of dedicated Americans serving under foreign flags during the world wars will read this book avidly, wondering perhaps why they’re learning about these adventures for the first time." - Charles Krohn "No other book covers this topic. Consequently, it will find a place in all graduate university libraries and colleges with strong history and political science programs. Community colleges will find this a desirable but not essential work. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - ALA Choice Select
At the end of the 19th century an audacious railroad sets sail across the Chesapeake Bay.