Biographical Information:

Dates: 1942-
Dates in Ridgefield: 1971 – present

non-fiction writer, naval officer, editor, speech writer,

Ken W. Sayers is a former Navy officer who served on board a Pacific Fleet destroyer escort and on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs). He has written or co-authored three books and numerous articles for such publications as U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Sea Power, Dictionary of American History, Armed Forces Management, and Aerospace Historian. In addition, Mr. Sayers has been the editor of, or principal writer for, several industry books and reports, including Missiles & Spacecraft, Code Name Handbook, World Aircraft Forecast, Electronic Systems and Industrial Lasers. He has led research teams for McGraw-Hill/DMS Inc. and Lulejian & Associates, managed international public affairs for American Cyanamid, and, in a 30-year career with IBM, served as a senior executive speech writer, corporate spokesman and managing editor of He resides with his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and cruises on his boat Cisco on Long Island Sound.


Anchors and Atoms: The United States Navy Today (co-author), 1974
It Was a Very Good Year: A Cultural History of the United States from 1776 to the Present (co-author), 1994
Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels, 2012
Sea Cloud and Skinner, (in-progress, December 2015)

–Sources: Ken Sayers, personal communication; Amazon