A little about myself. I was born in the United States, grew up in Australia, and educated (sort of) in Britain, worked in Canada, but now live in New York. For several years, I was a journalist but went into the History Business around the time my book, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, first appeared. It's since been used as the basis for the AMC drama series, Turn: Washington's Spies, on which I served as writer/producer.

I’ve so far written four books. My first was Kings in the North, about the medieval Anglo-Scottish Wars, and then came Washington’s Spies, then American Rifle (a cultural history of said weapon), and finally, Men of War: The American Experience of Battle at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima.

My latest — Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel to Rule the World — will appear in April 2020. It tells the story of the Hindenburg airship and the Zeppelin-Pan American struggle for mastery of the air during aviation’s Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s. 

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