For the past thirty years, this passion has carried me all over the globe, teaching American and war history at universities in the United States, Belgium, Switzerland, and as far away as Australia.
It is the same passion that inspired me also to write six internationally acclaimed books on World War II with prestigious publishers like Yale and Cambridge. The Wall Street Journal called my book on Bastogne “admirable” and “a fast-paced narrative.” Another of my Bulge books was made a selection of the History Book Club in the United States. The Atlantic labelled my book on the American combat soldier in Europe “a masterpiece.”
The success of my books set in motion a train of events. Before I knew it, I was doing interviews for American PBS radio, giving talks from London to Tennessee, providing consultancy for Dutch documentary makers, and appearing on Belgian television alongside American veterans revisiting the Bulge.
And with all that came more and more requests from readers, veterans’ relatives, World War II enthusiasts, and business and educational leaders for an opportunity to visit Europe’s battlefields with me as a personal guide.