William I. Hitchcock is Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. from Kenyon College in 1986, where he studied history and French literature, and earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1994. He has lived overseas in Japan, France, Belgium, and Israel. Hitchcock is the author of France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe and The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent, 1945-present. Hitchcock's most recent book, The Bitter Road to Freedom: The Human Cost of Allied Victory in WWII Europe, was a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the 2009 George Louis Beer Prize for the American Historical Association.