Bestselling American author and historian known for his books on politics, economics, and religion. His best-known works include The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse.
He graduated from Harvard University (B.A.) and Columbia University (Ph.D.) with degrees in history.
He received the Templeton Enterprise Award for a 2005 work entitled The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy.
He was born to a Lutheran family in Melrose, Massachusetts. He later converted to Roman Catholicism.
He was influenced by the political and economic philosophies of fellow Libertarian Party member Ron Paul.