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Reynolds was awarded the Wolfson History Prize, 2005, and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. He teaches and lectures both undergraduates and postgraduates at Cambridge University, specialising in the two world wars and the Cold War. He served as Chairman of the History Faculty at Cambridge for the academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15.
In addition to teaching and writing, Reynolds has made thirteen documentaries on 20th-century history for the BBC, most recently the three-part BBC2 series Long Shadow, based on his award-winning book about the legacies and memory of 1914-18 and a trilogy of films about the Big Three allies in the Second World War: World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel, World War Two: 1942 and Hitler's Soft Underbelly and World War Two: 1945 and the Wheelchair President. All these films have been directed by Russell Barnes.
Reynolds was also the writer and presenter of the award-winning ninety-part series America, Empire of Liberty, broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
1981: The Creation of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1937-1941: a Study in Competitive Co-operation (1981) University of North Carolina Press ISBN0-8078-1507-1 (Awarded the Bernath Prize by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 1982)
1988: An Ocean Apart: the Relationship between Britain and America in the 20th Century - co-author David Dimbleby. Hodder & Stoughton ISBN0-340-40666-6 (Linked to BBC/PBS TV series.)
1991: Britannia Over-ruled: British Policy and World Power in the 20th Century. Longman ISBN0-582-43725-3
1994: Allies at War: the Soviet, American and British Experience 1939-1945 (Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and Economic History). (Co-edited with Warren F. Kimball and A. O. Chubarian). Palgrave Macmillan ISBN0-312-10259-3
1994: The Origins of the Cold War in Europe: International Perspectives (editor). Yale University Press ISBN0-300-05892-6
1995: Rich Relations: the American Occupation of Britain, 1942-1945. Random House ISBN0-517-16871-5 (Awarded the US Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award, 1996)
2000: One World Divisible: a Global History since 1945.. Allen Lane ISBN0-7139-9461-4
2001: From Munich to Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt's America and the Origins of the Second World War. Ivan R. Dee ISBN1-56663-389-3
2008: Armistice - BBC2 (Grierson Award: Best Historical Documentary, runner-up)
2008-09: America, Empire of Liberty - BBC Radio 4 (90-part series, accompanying the writer's 2009 book) (Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award for the Best New Radio Programme of 2008; Sony Radio Academy Award, Nomination, 2009; Orwell Prize, Shortlist, 2010)