·Professor of History, Rice University
·Professor of History at Tulane University
·Taught American Arts and Politics out of Hofstra University aboard the Majic Bus
·Taught American Arts and Politics out of University of New Orleans aboard the Majic Bus
·Director of the Eisenhower Center
·Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal (1992) With Townsend Hoopes
·Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years, 1953-71 (1992)
·The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey(1993)
·The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 (1997) ed.
·Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 (1997)
·FDR and the Creation of the U.N.(1997) With Townsend Hoopes
·American Heritage History (1998)
·Jimmy Carter: The Unfinished Presidency(1999)
·Witness to America(1999) With Stephen Ambrose
·Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976(2000)
·Rosa Parks (2000)
·The Mississippi: and the Making of a Nation (2002) With Stephen Ambrose
·Wheels for the World : Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, 1903-2003 (2003)
·Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (2004)
·Voices of Valor : D-Day, June 6, 1944 (2004) With Ronald J. Dretz
·Windblown World: the Journals of Jack Kerouac, 1947-1954 (2004) ed.
·The World War II Memorial: a Grateful Nation Remembers (2004)
·The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion (2005)
·Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism (2006) With Julie M. Fenster
·The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2006)
·The Reagan Diaries (2007) ed.
·Road Novels 1957-1960 (2007) ed.
·Gerald R. Ford (2007)
·The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America (2009)
·B.A. Ohio State University (1982)
·Ph.D. Georgetown University (1989)
·Married to Anne Brinkley. Three children.