I was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. I have three children: Anna, Eva and Anthony. I write books of narrative history; I believe history is at its most vital when it is embedded in the stories of individuals in conflict. My books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. I am also a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. My interests include the past, the present and the future, more or less in that order.
photo by Keke Keukelaar