James West Davidson received his Ph.D. from Yale University. A historian who has pursued a full-time writing career, he is the author of numerous books (over 6 million copies in print), among them After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (with Mark H. Lytle), The Logic of Millennial Thought: Eighteenth-Century New England, and Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure (with John Rugge). Davidson is the co-author (with Stoff and others) of Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic and senior author of The American Nation, a middle grades American history survey.
Michael B. Stoff also received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the graduate program in history. In addition to co-authoring Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic (above) and The American Nation (above), he is the author of Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil, 1941-1947 and coeditor (with Jonathan Fanton and R. Hal Williams) of The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age.