Sir Harold Evans is the author of The American Century (Knopf, 1998) and a history of 200 years of innovation entitled They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators (Little, Brown, 2004), which was the basis of a four-part PBS series The American Experience. An innovative educational company, Contemporary Learning Systems, prepares interactive college courses on innovation starting in 2009 based on They Made America.
Evans was the President and Publisher of Random House Trade Group from 1990-1997. From 1997-1999 he was Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, New York Daily News, The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company, a position from which he resigned in January 2000 to devote himself full-time to major writing and television projects. (Evans remains a Contributing Editor at U.S. News & World Report).
Before moving to the United States, Evans was the editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, and editor of The Times from 1981 to 1982. His account of these years was published in his No. 1 UK best-seller Good Times, Bad Times.