Meet our featured tour historians and special guests.
Sir Antony Beevor
Antony Beevor’s latest book is Ardennes 1944–Hitler’s Last Gamble. A few of his other award-winning published works are Crete–The Battle and the Resistance (Runciman Prize), Stalingrad< (Samuel Johnson Prize), Wolfson Prize for History, and Hawthornden Prize for Literature), The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia), and D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, (Prix Henry Malherbe and the Royal United Services Institute Westminster Medal). His books have appeared in more than thirty languages and sold more than seven million copies. Former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Kent, Bath, East Anglia, and York. He is a visiting professor at the University of Kent and a Fellow of King’s College London.
Lynne Olson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” Her latest book, Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War, was published by Random House on April 25, 2017. Olson’s previous two books, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, are among her New York Times bestsellers. Photo Credit ©Tamzin B. Smith
Donald L. Miller, PhD
Dr. Donald Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and one of the outstanding historians of World War II, along with other topics in American history. Three of his 10 books are about World War II: The Story of World War II, D-Days in the Pacific, and Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Masters of the Air, named “outstanding book of the year” by WWII Magazine, is the primary source for HBO’s upcoming miniseries, on which Miller is serving as chief historical consultant. He was also a historical consultant for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific, and served as writer and chief historical consultant for WWII in HD, a 10-hour series that aired on the History Channel.
Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, PhD
Dr. Gordon “Nick” Mueller is President and CEO of The National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Dr. Mueller assisted historian Stephen Ambrose in founding the institution, initially known as The National D-Day Museum, and led the organization as Chairman of the Board from 1998, through its fundraising and construction to the Grand Opening on June 6, 2000. Before stepping into the museum world, Dr. Mueller enjoyed a 33-year career as Professor of European History at the University of New Orleans. During his tenure there he also served as Dean, Vice Chancellor, and founding President of the Research and Technology Park. He is also founder of UNO’s Metropolitan College, Business-Higher Education Council, and the university’s International Study Programs.
Robert M. Citino, PhD
Dr. Robert Citino is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published ten books including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943, Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942, and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich and numerous articles covering World War II and 20th century military history. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as World War II. Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the U.S. military establishment, and taught one year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two years at the U.S. Army War College.
Alexandra Ritchie, DPhil
Dr. Alexandra Richie is an historian of Germany and Central and Eastern Europe, with a specialization in defense and security issues. She completed her B.A. (Hons) in Political Science at the University of Victoria, and continues her studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis, The Political Manipulation of History in East and West Germany. Richie is also the author of Faust’s Metropolis: A History of Berlin, which was named one of the top ten books of the year by American Publisher’s Weekly, and Warsaw 1944, which won the Newsweek Teresa Torańska Prize for best non-fiction book of 2014 and the Kazimierz Moczarski Prize for Best History Book 2015. She has contributed to many articles, documentaries, radio, and television programs.