Bob Welch

Bob Welch is the author of 12 books, as well as an award-winning columnist.

His book about the first nurse to die after the landings at Normandy, American Nightingale (Atria Books, 2004), was an Oregon Book Award finalist and featured on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Welch is the rare writer who can tug on readers' heartstrings and tickle their funny bones, sometimes in the same sentence. The National Society of Newspaper Columists has twice honored The (Eugene, Ore.) Register-Guard columnist with its highest writing awards: one for general columns and one for humor columns. He has been invited to judge the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition numerous times.

Welch's articles have been published in more than a dozen books, including seven in the popular "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. In addition, he has had articles published in such magazines as Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, Sports Illustrated and Runner's World.

Among his collaborative books is Easy Company Soldier (St. Martin's Press, 2008) by Don Malarkey with Bob Welch.

This book has been ranked No. 1 in the country by among World War II/Western Front books. It's about Don Malarkey, an Oregon-born member of the well-known "Band of Brothers" Easy Company unit made famous by historian Steve Ambrose and an HBO miniseries. It's more than a story of battles, strategy and weapons. It's a story of men, courage, and fear. Of friendships gained, friendships lost and cemeteries visited. Of one man, Don Malarkey, and how war became the defining - and damning - moment of his life.

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