Christian Appy received his BA at Amherst College and his PhD at Harvard University (both in American Studies). He is best known for his books on the Vietnam War: a social history of American combat soldiers; a wide-ranging oral history from multiple perspectives (including accounts of Vietnamese and Americans combatants, policymakers, antiwar activists, journalists, etc.); and a history of the war’s impact on American national identity, culture, and foreign policy from the 1950s through the Obama administration.
He is currently working on a book about Daniel Ellsberg based largely on his papers, recently acquired by Special Collections & University Archives at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The working title is “Ellsberg’s Mutiny: War and Resistance in the Age of Vietnam, The Pentagon Papers, and Nuclear Terror."