Nelson DeMille, born 1943, is a decorated U.S. Army veteran having served several tours in Vietnam. Following his military service, Nelson earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Hofstra University. His first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, was published in 1978 and was followed by an array of works including 15 bestsellers and 6 No. 1 selections on the New York Times bestseller list. The Cuban Affair is DeMille's 20th novel.