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Fred Anderson received his B.A. from Colorado State University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981. He has taught at Harvard and 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 of Harvard University, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and is the author or editor of five books, including Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf; London: Faber and Faber, 2000), which won the 2001 Francis Parkman Prize for best book in American history.
Together with Andrew Cayton, he has recently published The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (New York: Viking; London: Atlantic Books, 2005). His most recent book, The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War (New York: Viking, 2005), was the companion volume for the Public Broadcasting System television series of the same title.