David A. Bell is the author of four previous books, including the prize-winning The First Total War. Bell has taught European history at Yale, Johns Hopkins (where he served as Dean of Faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences) and is now Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton. He has received numerous fellowships, including a Guggenheim. He writes regularly for a number of journals and magazines, and for eleven years was a Contributing Editor of The New Republic.
"David Bell is among America's foremost observers of France, and among its finest essayists. Like a stroll down a Paris side street, these pieces reveal delights at every turn. But taken as a whole, they leave a powerful impression of the monuments of France in all their splendor, beauty, tragedy, pathos, and profundity."--Derek McMahon, Dartmouth College "Bell gives nonspecialist readers accessible introductions to the debates that make French historical studies such a vibrant arena for the exchange of political and cultural ideas...Bell's engagement with public audiences offers academic historians valuable strategies for sustaining the cultural influence of French historical studies."--H-France