Samuel Hynes (born August 29, 1924) is an author. He won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for The Soldiers' Tale in 1998. S Hynes was born in Chicago. He attended the University of Minnesota and Columbia University.
Hynes served as a Marine Corps pilot from 1943 until 1946 and in 1952 and 1953. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He discussed his experiences as a pilot in the documentary series The War by Ken Burns (2007).
Hynes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature emeritus at Princeton University. His other books include A War Imagined, and The Growing Seasons. The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October 2014.
Alex Preston (born 1979), British author and journalist and brother Samuel Preston (1982) lead singer of English band The Ordinary Boys, are among his grandsons.