Reed Robert Bonadonna served in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer and field historian, retiring with the rank of colonel. He earned a doctorate at Boston University. He has published journal articles on military ethics and leadership. He is currently Director of Ethics and Character Development at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
"Soldiers and Civilization is an important book. Important because it explains the connection between professional militaries and the people in whose name those militaries fight and serve. Reed Bonadonna reminds us not only that civilization has depended on soldiers, but also that our soldiers depend on their fellow citizens to understand, value, and help preserve their professionalism." -H. R. McMaster, National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, and author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam