About the Author

William R. Everdell is an American teacher and author. Born in 1941, he graduated from St. Paul's School and from Princeton University. In 1970, he began teaching at Saint Ann's School in New York City, where he teaches world history. He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

He has also written on teaching history, and served on the Test Development Committee for the first Advanced Placement World History Exams. A member of the American Historical Association, he has also served as the president of the affiliated Organization of History Teachers, and of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.