Mark Thompson writes books, consults on media policy, and teaches. His CV includes freelance journalism, translation, and policy analysis. The White War, about Italy in WWI, was awarded the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and runner-up for the Orwell Prize. After studying literature at Cambridge, Thompson worked for much of the 1980s with European Nuclear Disarmament, a campaigning group that was like a second university. Fascination with Yugoslavia led to marriage in Zagreb and service with the biggest and then the smallest peacekeeping operations of the United Nations. He and his wife live in Oxford with two sons.