Oliver North's Bio:
Oliver North is a Vietnam veteran awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts during his twenty-two years of service as a U.S. Marine. Assigned to the National Security Council staff by President Ronald Reagan, North served as the U.S. Governmentís Counter-Terrorism Coordinator from 1983 to 1986. Today he hosts War Stories, a TV series aired weekly on Fox News Channel, is a newspaper columnist, a business owner, and the author of three books, two of which have been New York Times bestsellers and both were winners of the EPCA Gold Medallion publishing award. As President Reaganís point man for crisis management, and coordinator of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the mid-1980s, Oliver North was involved in some of the most highly-classified covert operations undertaken by the United States government in recent years, including the 1985 interception of the hijackers who seized the Achille Lauro cruise ship and the American bombing of terrorist bases in Libya that same year. It is these and other similar actions -- combined with his experiences as an embedded war correspondent during Operation Iraqi Freedom -- that North brings to bear as he connects the past to current events in the Middle East and examines weighty questions that elude easy answers in this post-9/11 world.