He received his B.A. degree from Kenyon College in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1994, working under the supervision of Paul Kennedy. He has held appointments at Yale, Wellesley College and Temple University. His books include: France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe (UNC, 1998); From War to Peace: Altered Strategic Landscapes in the 20th Century (co-edited with Paul Kennedy, Yale, 2000); The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent, 1945-present (Doubleday/Anchor, 2002); and The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe (Free Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a winner of the George Louis Beer Prize, and a Financial Times bestseller in the UK. He is also the co-editor of The Human Rights Revolution: An International History (with Petra Goedde and Akira Iriye, Oxford: 2012).
In 2010, he was appointed Professor in the History Department at the University of Virginia, and he joined the Miller Center as faculty fellow.
The Human Rights Revolution: An International History, co-edited with Akira Iriye and Petra Goedde. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe. (New York: The Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 2008). Published simultaneously in Britain by Faber and Co., London.
The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent, 1945-present (New York: Doubleday, 2003; London, Profile Books, 2003; Anchor Books paperback, 2004).
From War to Peace: Altered Strategic Landscapes in the Twentieth Century. Co-edited with Paul Kennedy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000).
France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Stability in Europe, 1945-1954 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1998).
His most recent book is The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s (Simon and Schuster, 2017).