Hole in the Head Press

The success of our books is a result of the work of a talented and dedicated authors. Meet them below.


Kristin L. Baron

Kristin L. Baron, architectural historian for Cultural Resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, has been with the National Park Service for twenty years. Originally a member of the Presidio Planning Team, she worked extensively on planning documents, building histories and special history publications. At Golden Gate NRA, she focuses on writing historic building reports, website content and compliance documents for several park sites, among them, Fort Mason, Fort Baker, Fort Barry and Fort Cronkhite.

Kristin's published works include The Presidio of San Francisco: An Architectural History and five self-guided park walking tours, including Fort Barry: An Army Post Standing Guard over the Marin Headlands and Fort Mason: An Army Post at the Edge of San Francisco. She was deeply involved in the rehabilitation of Cavallo Point, and Fort Baker remains one of her favorite park sites.

Brian Burr Chin

Author of Artillery at the Golden Gate, Brian Burr Chin, was born and raised in San Francisco. He received a Master’s Degree in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His drawing and model-building skills allowed him to blend history and art when creating exhibits at the Presidio Army Museum in the late 1970s. Chin later worked on Hollywood motion picture special effects on such films as Escape from New York, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Battle Beyond the Stars, and Pumpkinhead, followed by a long career in television animation on such shows as Batman and Sylvester.

Stephen A. Haller

Stephen A. Haller is the Park Historian and Branch Chief for Cultural Resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Formerly the Curator of Historic Documents for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, he has also been an interpreter at a number of historic San Francisco Bay Area sites, including Alcatraz, Fort Point, and the Maritime Museum. Haller's academic background is in nineteenth century American history; he specializes in the study of shipwrecks, military history, and historic landscapes in the Bay Area.

Haller is the author of Post and Park: A Brief Illustrated History of the Presidio of San Francisco and The Last Word in Airfields: San Francisco's Crissy Field; coauthor of Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate; and former editor of the Sea Letter, the journal of the National Maritime Museum Association. He served as principal investigator for World War II oral history projects at the U.S.S. Arizona National Memorial and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam. Haller coauthored the Seacoast Fortification Preservation Manual for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which received the California Preservation Foundation's 2000 Design Award.

John Lonnquest

John Lonnquest is the Chief of the Office of History, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He received a B.A. in history from Washington College and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 1996. After graduation he joined the Air Force history program in 1997 and became a USACE historian in 2000. As a staff historian he served as director of the Corps of Engineers’ oral history program, directed its wide-ranging field history program, and led the Corps’ Iraq and Afghan history teams. He became Chief of the Office of History in 2008.

In addition to being the co-author of To Defend and Deter: The Legacy of the United States Cold War Missile Program, Dr. Lonnquest was the editor of A Guide to Source Material on Ballistic Missile Defense and co-editor of Remembering the Forgotten War: U.S. Army Engineer Officers In Korea.

John A. Martini

John A. Martini is a native Californian and a life-long researcher into the history of the American West. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Martini worked as a National Park Service Ranger for more than twenty-five years at such diverse locations as Fort Point National Historic Site, Alcatraz Island, the National Maritime Museum, the U.S.S. Arizona National Memorial, the Presidio of San Francisco, and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. He retired from the National Park Service in 1999 and now serves as a professional researcher and historical consultant.

Martini's specialty is historic preservation and interpretation. He is an acknowledged expert on America's coastal defenses and consults with numerous state and federal agencies on the restoration of seacoast fortifications and artillery pieces.

Martini's published works include Sutro's Glass Palace, Last Missile Site, Fort Point: Sentry at the Golden Gate, Fortress Alcatraz, The Official Guide to the Presidio of San Francisco, and Alcatraz at War. His articles have appeared in American Heritage Magazine, The Civil War Chronicles,After the Battle Magazine, and the National Archives' quarterly journal Prologue. He appears frequently on documentaries for the History Channel, A&E Network, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and PBS affiliates.

He and his wife have two children and live in Oakton, Virginia.

David F. Winkler, Ph.D.

At the time of his co-authorship of Defend and Deter, David F. Winkler was pursuing his doctorate at American University. Winkler earned his Ph.D. in 1998. His dissertation Cold War at Sea: High Seas Confrontation between the U.S. and Soviet Union was published in 2000 by the Naval Institute Press and subsequent editions have been printed in Canada and China.

He wrote Amirs, Admirals, and Desert Sailors: The U.S. Navy, Bahrain, and the Gulf which was published by Naval Institute Press in 2007, and was managing editor of The Navy, an illustrated coffee table book published by the Foundation.

In his current position at the Naval Historical Foundation, Winkler is executive editor of the newsletter Pull Together and manages other Navy history-related projects. He also writes a monthly history column for the Navy League’s journal Sea Power.

Born in 1958, Winkler grew in New Jersey and went on to receive his commission as a Navy ensign in 1980 through the NROTC unit at Penn State. In addition to a B.A. in Political Science, he has an M.A. in International Affairs from Washington University.

A retired commander in the Naval Reserve, he served ten years active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer on logistic force ships and has had reserve duties supporting the CNO’s Policy and Plans Office, the Navy IG, and the Naval Historical Center.

Dr. Winkler currently resides in northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters.