"There was a war, and hysteria allows and permits and commands almost anything. So you have to find enemies; you have to find the spies and the fifth columnists."
Following Navy service and graduate school, I taught and wrote about American history at Humboldt State University.
My non-fiction focuses on the relocation and internment of Italian and German Americans during World War II. UnCivil Liberties, an oral a documentary history of Italian relocation, earned an American Book Award.
When I retired from teaching history, I turned to writing fiction. Leaving 'facts' behind (not easy!), I have enjoyed 'Telling Lies for Fun and Profit!' As you might expect, some of my stories have historical themes—'Illusions' and 'Infamy!' for example. Others are semi-autobiographical or explore art history or obsessive collectors or immigration—even pole dancers!. Crime, of course, is a central element.
There are brief explanations of some fiction and non-fiction on this page, but you should use the Menu bar (above) to discover more (books & documents) about relocation and internment during World War II and the fictional topics.
Whether you’re a history buff or someone who just enjoys a good yarn, there's a book here for you.
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Book Sampling ...
'Outstanding Book'— Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States, 1991.
'Outstanding Literary Achievement' — American Book Award (Before Columbus Foundation), 1992.
One of those rare books that will gratify readers of diverse backgrounds and interests. —Northcoast Journal
A significant book for all Americans concerned with this country's attitudes toward and treatment of immigrants, and with individual rights. —Voices in Italian Americana
Stephen Fox displays a powerful ability to tell a story, a sharp eye for vivid detail and an ardent sensitivity to precise language.
Illusions is a fast-paced, compelling narrative of kindness and caring in spite of disillusionment over national security, patriotism, medical professionalism, military competence, bureaucratic power and family loyalty.
A compelling and poignant read. — iBooks
A gem of a book, from engaging anecdote to personal narrative to sweeping history, and best of all, the connections between yesterday and today. — John Christgau, author of 'Enemies': World War II Alien Internment
I'm so glad to see the previous battles, the stupidity, and finally some grace. Thank you for writing about a previous time and those terrible people, but also the good people. — Bill Bousman
It was a time of profiling, FBI bungling, military commissions, secret arrests, suspension of due process and habeas corpus, deportation, extraordinary rendition, second class citizenship and other forms of harassment -- all in the name of homeland security during a war being fought overseas. — Ron Standerfer for Reader Views