Dr Andrew Macdonald is an author and military historian. He holds a PhD in First World War military history, which he completed around his career as a Reuters correspondent. Macdonald's PhD is in the assessment of military effectiveness, which means he specialising in deciphering how and why battles unfold as they do. He works full time as a writer. Macdonald's writing style is fluid, confident and engaging. His reputation is that of a meticulous historian and journalist who asks the tough questions. He interviewed several First World War veterans about their experiences, and often hikes over the former battlefields.