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August 3, 2018 -  Publisher's Marketplace Announcement - World War II historian David Dean Barrett's REIGN OF RUIN, which takes readers inside the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo during the final months of the Pacific War, the plans for the invasion of the Japanese Homeland, the development of the most terrible weapon the world has ever seen, and the decision-making that led to its catastrophic employment, to Keith Wallman at Diversion Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2019, by Leticia Gomez at Savvy Literary Services (world English). 

July 16, 2018 - Diversion Books agreed to publish my book Reign of Ruin: Countdown to Armageddon in the Pacific.

May 15, 2018 - WWII Quarterly is now planning to publish my second article, Japan's Hellish Unit 731 in its Fall 2018 edition.

March 6, 2018 - I signed an agreement to be represented by Savvy Literary Services. My agent is Leticia Gomez.

March 2017 - WWII Quarterly magazine just published in their Spring 2017 edition, my 8,000 word article Reign of Ruin about the final year of World War II in the Pacific. You can read the entire article at



"As someone who has written several articles for my magazine, David Barrett is always especially insightful and skilled at telling a story in a fresh and very compelling way." --Flint Whitlock, Editor, WWII Quarterly

"For several years now I have invited David Barrett to my Introductory Survey of World War class to discuss the historical context of the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Barrett’s knowledge of the subject is immense, and students frequently find his presentation to be the highlight of the course."  --Gabriel Finkelstein, Associate Professor University of Colorado at Denver History Department


"Putting the Atomic Bombs into the Context of the Last Year of the War in the Pacific" was informative intriguing and entertaining all at the same time. David’s story telling style took us not only on a journey into the events of the war, but gave us a tour behind the scenes into the political strategy and tactical planning on both sides. David was able to distill what could fill books into one hour. That was masterful."  --Sam Muzaffer

"I just wanted to say thank you for bringing in Mr. Barrett as the guest speaker. I spent 8 years in Japan and visited a lot of the areas that he talked about and it was great hearing him bring it all together. I could have listened to him speak a few more hours."  --Ed L. Johnson, Marine Corps Ret. 

"Thank you so much for coming out and giving a great presentation for the GSA Denver Federal Center Memorial Day Event on May 21, 2015. I loved it! I learned so much about the end of WWII casualties and Japan's response to the bombing of Hiroshima . I consider myself a history buff and thought I knew a lot of WWII history. Well, I was thrilled to learn something new and interesting. I found your presentation to be both educational and entertaining. My husband Lanny was also in attendance and we had a great conversation about your presentation."  --Debbie Rojas Cook, GSA 

"You are an excellent storyteller and really provided a descriptive overview and context for the final days of the war leading to its final end, despite Japan’s relentless strategy to never surrender. I found your descriptions of the leadership in Japan, along with the military strategies employed by both sides absolutely fascinating. Your presentation really highlighted the high cost of freedom and the tremendous suffering and sacrifice of our veterans during the Pacific War."  --Vickie Deal, GSA