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Edward S. Miller was born in New York City on November 14, 1930. He grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, and attended Syracuse University graduating Phi Beta Kappa with honors and attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Mr. Miller embarked on a career in corporate finance where he developed a keen interest corporate planning. During his business career, Mr. Miller served as the chief financial officer of AMAX Inc., a Fortune 500 company. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Vice President for Finance of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation, a position he held from 1982-1984. After retiring from the business world in 1985, Mr. Miller devoted much of his free time to researching, studying, and writing about the United States Navy's war planning process spanning the years beginning at the start if 20th Century through the United States entry in to World War II. Mr. Miller's efforts culminated in the publication in 1991 of the book War Plan Orange: the US Strategy to Defeat Japan 1897-1945, the seminal work on the subject, published by the United States Naval Institute and in Japanese by Shinchosa Ltd. The book won five distinguished history awards including the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize, best book, 1992; Society for Military History, best book on a US subject, 1993; United States Naval Institute author of the yea, 1992, North American Society for Oceanic History, best naval book, 1993, and the New York Military Affairs Symposium, best book, [year?] . The papers he amassed during the process of creating this work forms the basis of this collection.

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