Col. Harry G. Summers, Jr. was the author of numerous books on military strategy and history including On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War (1982). He was also an instructor and Distinguished Fellow at the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Summers served as a squad leader in the Korean War and battalion and corps operations officer in the Vietnam War. He also served on the negotiation team for the United States at the end of the Vietnam War.
Aside from his books, Summers was the editor of Vietnam Magazine. He wrote a syndicated national newspaper column on national security affairs for the Los Angeles Times, and was also a frequent speaker at colleges, lectures, and debates.