Fletcher Knebel is the author of the number one bestseller Seven Days in May (with Charles W. Bailey II) and more than a dozen other works of fiction. From 1937 to 1964, he worked as a Washington correspondent for numerous American newspapers and magazines. He served as an air combat intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War, and later wrote a popular daily column, ‘Potomac Fever’, which satirised national politics and government.
In 1964, the year during which he wrote the New York Times bestselling thriller Night of Camp David, he was named president of the Gridiron Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious organisations for journalists in Washington. Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1911, Knebel graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and died in 1993 at the age of eighty-one.