Mary Elise Sarotte's newest book, 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe was published by Princeton University Press on the
20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall (09.11.09). It was a Book of the Year for The Financial Times and it won both the 2010 Ferrell Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the 2009 Prize from the German Government's Academic Exchange Service. The book was well reviewed by Foreign Affairs, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and The Wall Street Journal. Sarotte's previous publications include Dealing with the Devil and German Military Reform and European Security, plus numerous scholarly articles.
She has worked as a journalist for Time, Die Zeit, and The Economist, and is a political commentator for the BBC, CNN International and Sky News. Her BA in History and Science came from Harvard while her PhD in History came from Yale. After university, she served as a White House Fellow before being tenured at Cambridge University. She eventually returned to the US to teach at USC. Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.