Edward joined the Association after serving as a professor at the University of Virginia and Director of the Washington Papers. He is a Special Advisor to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. from George Mason University. Edward has authored numerous books, including General George Washington: A Military Life, Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder in Myth and Memory, Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918, and his most recent title, First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His—and the Nation's—Prosperity. He is a National Humanities Medal award winner, in conjunction with the Washington Papers Project, and has received honors from the Army Historical Foundation, U.S. Military History Group, Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. book prize, and the Rawlings Prize, among others.