Fred Anderson received his B.A. from Colorado State University in 1971and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard in 1973 and 1981. He has been a member of the Department of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is currently professor of history. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Fred’s first book, A People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War was published by the University of North Carolina Press for the Institute of Early American History and Culture and was awarded the 1982 Jamestown Prize as best first book in early American history. Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 was published by Alfred A. Knopf and was the winner of three prizes: the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Colorado Book Award. A Book of the Month for the History Book Club and a Book of the Month Club alternate selection, it was also a finalist for the National Critics Book Circle Award in Non-Fiction.
Fred Anderson is the author, with Andrew Cayton, of the acclaimed book, The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000; which was published by Viking Penguin. Called “a magnificent accomplishment” by Andrew J. Bacevich in his Washington Post review, the book was named one of the best books of 2005 by the Washington Post and a 2005 Book of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement.
Fred is the author of The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War, published by Viking as a companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Jay Winik called the book, “a rich, cautionary tale about the unpredictability of war.”