Known for his work as an editor of the New York City-based National Review publication, this journalist and writer also became famous for his biographies of America's founding fathers. His historical-themed publications include What Would the Founders Do? and America's First Dynasty : The Adamses, 1735—1918.
While a high school student in the Rochester, New York area, he published his first National Review article. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Yale University.
He was a 2008 recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
He married psychologist and fellow writer Jeanne Safer in 1980. In the early 1990s, he survived a bout of testicular cancer.
He hosted and co-wrote a 2002 PBS documentary titled Rediscovering George Washington.