Stephen B. Oates is the author of sixteen books, including With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln and Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr., both recipients of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award and Christopher Award. Other notable works include The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861.
Oates was featured in Ken Burns's The Civil War series on PBS and received the Nevins-Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies. A former Guggenheim fellow, he holds a B.A., M.A., and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Oates is also a professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.