A Roster of Our Authors

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Andrew J. Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of West Point, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a career soldier, he retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. Bacevich holds a Ph. D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University, and he has taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University prior to joining the faculty at Boston University. Professor Bacevich is the author of several books including two New York Times bestsellers, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.  His earlier works, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War and American Empire are considered important reading for everyone interested in American foreign policy.  His work Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, which Rachel Maddow called an “abrasive, heartbreaking new book,” was published in 2013 by Metropolitan Books and won the 2014 American Book Award.

His most recent work is America’s War for the Greater Middle East, published by Random House, of which The New  York Times said “This book… extends Bacevich’s string of brutal, bracing, and essential critiques of the pernicious role of reflexive militarism in American foreign policy… incisive, urgent, and essential.”

Selected reviews

Praise for America’s War for the Greater Middle East

“Read Bacevich… be sobered by the challenge. The book reveals a number of critical truths exposing deep flaws that have persisted for decades in American strategic thinking.” – National Review

“Andrew Bacevich offers the reader an unparalleled historical tour de force in a book that is certain to affect the formation of future US foreign policy and any consequent decisions to employ military force. Any military officer aspiring to high office needs not only to read, but also to study and learn from this important book. In over a half-century of public service this is one of the most essential and serious books I have read”— Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, US Marine Corp (Retired)

“Bacevich asks and answers a provocative, inconvenient question: over a multi-generational war in the Middle East, ‘why has the world’s mightiest military achieved so little” — Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
“In this fascinating work, one of America’s most provocative thinkers confronts our greatest geopolitical conundrum: the Middle East. No other book shows so clearly how US intervention there have blended into a single long war. This is not just invaluable history, but also a cry of protest against policies that have devastated the Middle East while undermining America’s own national security.” — Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow at The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

“…his observations are sharp and provoke very useful thought. They provide an irreplaceable backstory to what is more generally known of U.S. and international political developments of the past few decades.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Praise for The Limits of Power
“In an age of can’t and baloney, Andrew Bacevich offers a bracing slap of reality…His big argument in elegant and powerful.” — The Washington Post

“Strongly felt and elegantly written…The Limits of Power is painfully clear-sighted and refreshingly uncontaminated by the conventional wisdom of Washington, D.C.” — The Economist

“Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the right and the left listen to him.” — Bill Moyers

Praise for Washington Rules
“Brilliant…Excellent…” — The Washington Post

“Eloquent and, above all, passionate… Any serious foreign-policy thinker should heed his call.” — Newsweek

“Writing with Force-Five fury, Andrew Bacevich lays bare the dogmas and shibboleths that have animated national security doctrine for the last half century.” —David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom From Fear

Praise for Breach of Trust:
“When Bacevich writes about America and our military, he does it in a manner that makes you wonder how anyone covering politics can write about anyone else; In Breach of Trust…Bacevich dismantles the warrior myth we civilians and politician so enjoy worshiping from afar, and replaces the idol with flesh and blood, vulnerable humans, who deserve better than the prolifigate, wasteful way in which we treat them.”              — Rachel Maddow, New York Times Book Review

“Bacevich offers a brilliant critique of an American military system sharply at variance with our democratic republican ideals.  Most disturbing is his compelling argument that the fault lies with We the People.  A thought-provoking ride.” — Karl W. Eikenberry, lieutenant general, U.S. Army (retired) and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan

“President Obama, Congress, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff should read this book, but the American people must read it because they, to Bacevich, represent the solution.” — Colonel Gian P. Gentile, associate professor of history, West Point

Breach of Trust is grimly eloquent, with prose as effortless as its truths are hard.  In this superb history, Andrew Bacevich reveals the civil-military dysfunction that made this a nation of endless conflicts, waged by a professional warrior class, for a public that has traded civic virtue for mindless flag-waving.  This is an original, provocative, and invaluable book for anyone who hasn’t given up on America.” — Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

“Like the soldier that he was, Andrew Bacevich is courageous.  As the scholar that he is, he is learned.  As a citizen, he is impassioned.  All this has combined to produce a unique voice of great value in American political life.  In Breach of Trust he anatomizes what he knows best, the acute danger our current military institutions and policies pose to American democracy.  Anyone who cherishes that democracy should read and heed this book.” — Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World and The Real War

More about Mr. Bacevich

In 2005 Bacevich received the Lannan Literary Award for an especially notable book. His essays and op-eds have appeared in The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. In 2004, Dr. Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and has also held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has appeared on all the major news media outlets including the Bill Moyers Show.

 

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Richard Beeman

Richard Beeman was a faculty member as well as dean of the college at the University of Pennsylvania for forty-three years. He held a Ph. D. from the University of Chicago and is the author of eight books on the political and constitutional history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. These include The Penguin Guide to the Constitution; and Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution winner of the prestigious George Washington Book Prize and the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Athaneum. His earlier work, Patrick Henry: A Biography was a National Book Award finalist. His most recent work, Our Lives, Our Fortunes & Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774–1776, was published in 2013.
Selected reviews

Praise for Plain Honest Men

“A stunning achievement…easily the best and most comprehensive treatment of its subject ever written.” — The Weekly Standard

“The most authoritative, up-to-date treatment of the Constitutional Convention…unlikely to be surpassed.” — Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“Engrossing…This minute-by-minute account introduces us to a world, and time, where everything was at stake.” — Chicago Tribune (editor’s choice)

“A vivid account of the most vital chapter of our early history: the making of the Constitution. This is a terrific book.” — John Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion

Praise for Our Lives, Our Fortunes & Our Sacred Honor

“Lively study of the main players of the two Continental Congresses… Beeman elegantly moves through the deeply compelling process of how these motley characters fashioned government as an agency for the people. A welcome addition to a rich, indispensable field of scholarly study.” — Kirkus, starred review

“With a dazzling combination of effortless prose and impeccable research, Richard Beeman has given us a fresh understanding of how thirteen very different—and often differing—colonies became a nation.” — Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution

“A solid and lucid account of the momentous years leading up to the Revolution by one of early America’s expert historians.  Indeed, the story of those two years 1774-1776 has never been better told.” — Gordon Wood, Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University

“This book should be required reading in every college survey course on American History….an outstanding book that should become an instant classic and needs to be on the bookshelf of anyone who fancies themselves knowledgeable about the Revolutionary Period.” — Battles & Book Reviews

More about Mr. Beeman

Professor Beeman received numerous awards including fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Huntington Library. He served as Vyvian Harmsworth Distinguished Professor of American History at Oxford University and as a Fulbright Professor in the United Kingdom. He also served as a trustee and vice-chair of the Distinguished Scholars Panel of the National Constitution Center, an institution he helped create.

Professor Beeman made numerous appearances on radio and television including two on John Stewart’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

 

Larry Berman

Larry Berman, Ph. D. Princeton University, is currently the Dean of the Honors College at Georgia State. Prior to that he was a professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of several highly-regarded books on Vietnam including Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam; Lyndon Johnson’s War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam; No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam; and Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent. He latest book is Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr.

More about Mr. Berman

Professor Berman has been featured on Bill Moyers PBS series, “The Public Mind,” David McCullough’s American Experience, Stanley Karnow’s “Vietnam: A Television History,” C-Span’s Book TV, NPR’s Morning Edition with Scott Simon and the History Channel’s “The Presidents: To the Best of My Ability.”

He was the first political scientist to receive the Bernath Lecture Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Professor Berman also received the Faculty Research Lecturer Award from the Davis division of the academic senate as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research.

 Selected reviews

Praise for Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr.

“Adm. Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt was an iconic figure for generations of sailors who served under his command or who were motivated by example.  His dedication to his country and the US Navy was a model for those who want to serve. For me, Adm. Zumwalt was a charismatic officer whose leadership inspired my own service.  This book will help those who never knew Adm. Zumwalt understand his role in building the world’s most dominant Navy.”

— Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

“You can’t understand today’s navy without acknowledging Bud Zumwalt’s role in modernizing its technology and renewing its soul.  He believed deeply in a strong navy worthy of our great nation, and that anyone who chose to serve in it was deserving of respect and dignity.  Zumwalt is the story of a true American hero.”

—President William J. Clinton

“Larry Berman has produced a splendid biography of an extraordinary leader, Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt, who commanded U.S. naval forces in Vietnam and as Chief of Naval Operations dragged the Navy into the twentieth century.  This chapter on Zumwalt’s war against the paranoiac secrecy of the Nixon White House is a gem of historical research and analysis.”

—George C. Herring, author America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950–1975

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Carl Bogus

Carl Bogus is currently a Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law. An expert in tort law and second amendment issues, he has testified before Congress and spoken on these issues at Columbia, Harvard, University of Chicago, Stanford and Vanderbilt law schools. Professor Bogus has written several books on law including The Second Amendment in Law and History: Historians and Constitutional Scholars on the Right to Bear Arms and Why Lawsuits Are Good For America: Disciplined Democracy, Big Business, and the Common Law. His most recent work is Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. And The Rise Of American Conservatism is a lucid and balanced analysis of Buckley’s career and his impact on American politics. Library Journal’s review said Bogus is “a first-rate writer…with a deep convergence with the material, yet he wears his knowledge lightly. The entire book is lucid and flows beautifully.”

 

More about Mr. Bogus

He has recently appeared on National Public Radio and his legal opinions have been featured in law reviews and several publications including The Nation and The American Prospect as well as USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Times, and the Providence Journal.

Selected reviews

Praise for Buckley: William F. Buckley and the Rise of American Conservatism

“Remarkably perceptive…Not only interesting and relevant, but an essential study of Buckley and the post-World War II conservative movement…This is an important book.  Anyone, of any political stripe, interested in learning more about the rise of conservatism as a movement in the mid-20th century needs to read Carl T. Bogus’ Buckley.” —The Washington Times

“At a time when liberals and conservatives agree on almost nothing, both sides can unite in their esteem for Buckley…[Bogus’s] discussion of the various intellectual players is well informed, and he makes a useful contribution to understanding the contending variations of modern American conservatism.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Insightful…[It] will please anyone interested in mid-century American history and politics…Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

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Louis Breger

Louis Breger, Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University, is a forty-year faculty member and Professor Emeritus of Psychoanalytic Studies at the California Institute of Technology and former Founding President of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. He is the author of seven books including the acclaimed biography Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision.  Other works include Dostoevsky: The Author as PsychoanalystA Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis; and his most recent work, Psychotherapy: Lives Intersecting.  Dr. Breger has published several articles in academic publications such as Psychological Bulletin, Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology Monograph.

Selected reviews

Praise for Psychotherapy: Lives Intersecting

“A lively account of the intellectual and professional evolution of a psychotherapist, with enlightening comments on rival therapeutic schools.”—J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize Winner

Praise for A Dream of Undying Fame

“A scrupulously even-handed, elegantly written and, in the end, sad and frightening account of the overwhelming ambition that was the fatal flaw in the character of a great man.”—John Banville, winner of the Mann-Booker Prize in Literature

A Dream of Undying Fame brilliantly illuminates the tensions in play at the very concept of psychoanalysis.”—Leslie Brothers, MD; author of Friday’s Footprint and Mistaken Identity

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Bryan Bunch

Bryan Bunch has been a science writer and editor for over 40 years.  His reference books have sold tens of thousands of copies and received the highest accolades.  They include The Science Almanac, The Timetables of Science and The History of Science and Technology (with Alexander Hellemans), and The Penguin Desk Encyclopedia (with Jenny Tesar).  He has also written textbooks in Mathematics as well as two tradebooks, Mathematical Fallacies and Paradoxes, and Reality’s Mirror: Exploring the Mathematics of Symmetry.  He is currently writing a YA book on Archimedes.

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Tracy Campbell

Tracy Campbell, a Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, specializes in twentieth century United States political and social history. He is the author of three books: The Politics of Despair: Power and Resistance in the Tobacco Wars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Short of the Glory: The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard, Jr. which was featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition”, and Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, An American Political Tradition, 1742–2004. He is currently writing a book for Yale on the St. Louis Arch and its fascinating architect Eero Saarinen.

Campbell lectures widely on issues of election integrity and political history and has authored a fourth grade history text of Kentucky. In 2008, he served as George McGovern Visiting Professor of Public Leadership at Dakota Wesleyan University and in 2010 received the “Great Teacher” award from the UK Alumni Association. He has a Ph. D. from Duke University and currently teaches courses in recent U.S. social and political history.

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Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore.

Professor Cappelli’s recent publications include The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce, which examines the decline in lifetime employment relationships; Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty, which outlines the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent (named a “best business book” for 2008 by Booz-Allen); and The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management (with colleagues), which describes a mission-driven and employee-focused approach to strategy and competitiveness. His book Managing the Older Work (with Bill Novelli, former head of AARP) dispels myths about older workers and describes how employers can best engage them.

His new book, Will College Pay Off? A Guide for Parents, was published in 2015 by the PublicAffairs imprint of the Perseus Book Group.

Selected reviews

“A significant addition to understanding some of the key costs and benefits connected with going to college, filled with valuable insights for everyone from the parent of a college-bound student to the state or federal policymaker attempting to make college a ‘better value’. Particularly valuable is peter Cappelli’s description of what employers are seeking when they hire a new college graduate and how short-term that employer-employee relationship is expected to be.” – Edwin W. Koc, director of research, public policy and legislative affairs, National Association of Colleges and Employers

“This book should be required reading for high school and college students who want to secure meaningful employment after their undergraduate years; parents who want to avoid their son or daughter landing back at home – and/or working at Starbucks or McDonald’s -after earning an expensive college degree; and CEOs and HR professionals who aspire to identify, secure, develop, and retain talented, highly productive employees.” -Stephen Moret, secretary, Louisiana Department of Economic Development, and cofounder of FastStart, the nation’s top state workforce training program

[/expand title] More about Mr. Cappelli

Professor Cappelli has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley.

He was recently named by Vault.com as one the 25 most important people working in the area of human capital, one of the top 100 people in the field of recruiting and staffing by Recruit.com, and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources. He currently serves on commissions for The Business Roundtable, the World Economic Forum, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Paul Chamberlin

Paul Chamberlin is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. He holds a PhD in history from the Ohio State University, has studied at the American University of Cairo and the University of Damascus, and has held fellowships at Yale University and Williams College. Chamberlin is the author of The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order, which was called “brilliant” by Vijay Prashad and “sophisticated” by the American Historical Review. His papers have been published in journals such as the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Cold War History, and Diplomatic History.

He is currently writing a book on the Cold War for HarperCollins.

Selected Reviews

Praise for The Global Offensive:

The Global Offensive is sophisticated in its treatment of complex issues . . . the book asks a big question: what were the alternatives to the patterns of insurgency and counterinsurgency that have characterized the Middle East for the last forty years? . . . [It] will surely inform and inspire many new perspectives.” –Jeremi Suri, American Historical Review  — Jeremi Suri, American Historical Review

“Using hitherto unexcavated material, at least in much of Western scholarship, Chamberlin provides an engaging, well-documented narrative of the PLO global offensive.”  — Dina Matar, Diplomatic History

“. . . A brilliant study of how the Palestinian liberation struggle moved from the valleys of the Levant onto the world stage.” — Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

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Thomas Childers

Thomas Childers is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee, and earned his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1976.

Professor Childers is the author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. These include The Nazi Voter, The Formation of the Nazi Constituency, and Reevaluating the Third Reich: New Controversies, New Interpretations. He has just completed the third volume of a quartet of books on the Second World War. The first volume of that history, Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down Over Germany in World War II, was praised by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post as “a powerful and unselfconsciously beautiful book.” The second volume, In the Shadows of War is a Book of the Month Club and History Book Club selection. The third volume, Soldier from the War Returning. The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II, examines the largely forgotten difficulties of American veterans returning home from the Second World War. He is currently at work on a history of the Third Reich.

Since 1976, Professor Childers has taught in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright scholarship, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Research Grant, a fellowship in European Studies from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a West European Studies Research Grant from Harvard University.

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Michael Coffey

Michael Coffey received a B.A. in English from Notre Dame and a M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature from Leeds University. An editorial director at Publisher’s Weekly, he has also written for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer and The Village Voice among other publications. Coffey is the author of three books of poetry Elemenopy, 87 North, and CMYK as well as several non-fiction works, Days of Infamy: Military Blunders of the 20th Century, and 27 Men Out: Baseball’s Perfect Games. He was also the editor at large of The Irish in America, an illustrated collection of essays about the Irish immigration to America. The book was a companion volume to a PBS documentary of the same name.

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Matthew Dallek

Matthew Dallek received his Ph. D from Columbia University and has written more than 50 reviews and articles for publications including The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Slate and Politico. From 2000 to 2002, he worked as a speechwriter for former House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt.. Dallek has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Shapiro Fellow at George Washington University and a visiting scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He has also conducted television, radio, and print interviews with CNN International, ABCNewsNow, Voice of America and the New York Times among other media outlets.

His first book, The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan’s First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics won positive reviews from leading scholars of the field and appeared on the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune’s year-end, best-of lists. His latest book, Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security is about civil defense and homeland security during FDR’s presidency. This book won the Henry Adams Prize for 2016, given by the Society for History in the Federal Government.

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Robert Dallek

Robert Dallek is one of the nation’s leading historians. He has specialized in the American presidency producing a definitive two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant; his biography of John F. Kennedy, An Unfinished Life, spent 12 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.  He has also written a biography of Harry Truman for Arthur Schlesinger’s Presidents’ Lives series; as well as a brief study of Ronald Reagan.  His analysis of the presidency, Hail to the Chief, remains a classical study.  In 1980 his book Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy 1932–1945 received the prestigious Bancroft Prize. His most recent work, Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, was published in 2013.

Selected Reviews

Praise for Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House

“Dallek’s portraits of advisers including Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Walt Rostow are lapidary, and it is difficult to quarrel with his judgments.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Dallek is an assiduous digger into archives. . . . The story of how a glamorous but green young president struggled with conflicting and often bad advice while trying to avoid nuclear Armageddon remains a gripping and cautionary tale of the loneliness of command.”—Evan Thomas, The Washington Post

“Dallek adds new insights beyond those in his excellent biography of JFK… A compelling view of the president’s often frustrating interactions with cabinet members and high placed government officials…Readers will appreciate Dallek’s page-turning style.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)

Praise for An Unfinished Life—John F. Kennedy 1917–1963

“One of the most engrossing biographies I have ever read….An Unfinished Life is nothing less than a masterpiece”—David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln

“riveting and well-documented…” —The New Yorker

Praise for Nixon and Kissinger

“engrossing…a compelling portrait…”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“A mesmerizing close-up of an unusually poisonous yet fruitful relationship.”—The Economist

 More on Mr. Dallek

Mr. Dallek earned his Ph. D from Columbia University and then went on to teach at Oxford, Columbia, UCLA, and Boston University. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal among other publications. Professor Dallek is also well known to viewers of the PBS series, The America Experience, where he has made several appearances. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president in 2004–2005.

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Peter Elbow

Peter Elbow is currently a Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he also directed the Writing Program from 1996 until 2000.  He is best known for his work in writing theory, practice, and pedagogy, and has authored several books, including two standard texts, Writing Without Teachers and Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process.  With his colleague, Pat Belanoff, he wrote two versions of a textbook widely used: A Community of Writers and Being a Writer.  He is currently writing Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring To Writing.

He is also the author of numerous articles, largely dealing with writing.  His practices and theories on freewriting, editing and revising, and peer response are now widely taught in English class.

Selected Reviews

Praise for Writing Without Teachers

“A wise and witty analysis of the process of self-confrontation and growth through writing.” —Harvard Educational Review

Praise for Writing With Power

“A practical handbook for anyone who needs to write.” —the Boston Globe

“Page after page, chapter after chapter, Peter Elbow gives direct and down-to-earth advice for beginning writers.” —Teachers and Writers

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Jay Feinman

Jay Feinman is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law, where he teaches contracts, torts, and insurance law. Professor Feinman received his B.A. degree from American University and his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He has written over fifty scholarly articles and has published several books including Law 101, Delay, Deny, Defend: Why Insurance Companies Don’t Pay Claims and What You Can Do About It, Un-Making Law: The Conservative Campaign to Roll Back the Common Law, 1001 Legal Words You Need to Know, and Professional Liability to Third Parties.

Selected reviews

Praise for Law 101 – now in its third edition, considered the standard introduction to American law for students as well as the general public.

“An engaging introduction to every aspect of law.” — The American Lawyer

“All the benefits of that first year of law school without the tedium…” — Jurist

Praise forDelay, Deny, Defend: Why Insurance Companies Don’t Pay Claims and What You Can Do About It

“You pay a lot of money to insure your home and automobile, expecting damage claims to be paid promptly and fairly. That is no longer likely, as Feinman reveals in clear language. His advice on what to do when you file a claim and how to reform the industry makes this book an essential in every family library.” — David Cay Johnson, author of Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal

“Jay Feinman has found all the puzzle pieces and fit them into the complete picture of how insurers cheat, who’s working to stop them, and what you can do to protect yourself.” — Amy Bach, executive director, United Policyholders

More about Professor Feinman

He is a member of The American Law Institute and a member of the Board of Legal Scholars of the Academy of Trial Advocacy. Professor Feinman has been recognized for his teaching by receiving the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (2005), the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004), and the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence (1999).

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Paul Finkelman

Paul Finkelman is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than twenty books including Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson, and a biography of Millard Fillmore for Arthur Schlesinger’s American President Series. He is an expert in areas such as the law of slavery, constitutional law, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago. He has published extensively and was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and also a key witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball. Prior to accepting a position at Albany Law School, Paul Finkelman was Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law since 1999. He also held chairs at the University of Akron Law School, Cleveland-Marshall Law School, and the University of Miami and had taught at Hamline Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Brooklyn Law School, and the University of Texas at Austin.

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Kevin P. Gallagher

Kevin P. Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University, where he co-directs the Global Economic Governance Initiative. Gallagher is a specialist in global economic and development policy, with a particular interest in Latin America. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Ruling Capital: Emerging Markets and the Re-regulation of Cross-Border Finance (Cornell University Press, 2014); A Clash of Globalizations: Essays on the Political Economy of Trade and Development Policy (Anthem, 2013); The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization (Stanford University Press, 2010); The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (MIT Press, 2007); and Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond (Stanford University Press, 2004). He is a regular opinion columnist in the Financial Times and the Guardian, and he has also published opinion articles in Al-Jazeera, China Daily, The Globe and Mail (Canada), Valor Economica (Brazil), The Japan Times, and many others.

His most recent book, The China Triangle, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

Selected reviews

“During the China boom years, Kevin Gallagher became the indispensable guide for Latin America’s growing relationship with Beijing. In his latest book, he shows how the region can survive leaner years and lower commodity prices by rebuilding its ties with both China and the U.S.” – Geoff Dyer, Financial Times

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Philippa Girling

Philippa Girling has eighteen years experience in the global securities industry, working in the fields of Operational Risk, training, project management and organizational change.  Currently the Business Risk Officer for Capital One Commercial Bank she has previously held several Operational Risk leadership roles, including heading the Global Corporate Operational Risk functions at Morgan Stanley and Nomura. She has delivered the Operational Risk Executive Education Program at Columbia University, NYC for the past four years, as well as leading Operational Risk education sessions for London Business School, Rutgers University and Carnegie Mellon.

Selected as one of the Top Fifty Faces of Operational Risk by Operational Risk and Compliance Magazine, she is a holder of the GARP Financial Risk Manager accreditation and is a Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University, her area of study focusing on the relative importance of capital and strong risk governance in the mitigation of systemic risk.

Philippa authored a textbook “Operational Risk Management” for GARP and in 2013 she published “Operational Risk Management” for Wiley & Sons. She is a regular speaker at global conferences on the topics of Dodd-Frank, systemic risk and regulation and the evolution of the Operational Risk discipline.

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Terry Golway

Terry Golway is the director of Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy, a former member of The New York Times Editorial Board, and city editor of The New York Observer. A longtime student of both American and Irish history, he is a frequent contributor to American Heritage, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times.

He is the author of several books, including Washington’s General: Nathaniel Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution; For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland’s Heroes; So Others Might Live: A History of New York’s Bravest— The FDNY from 1700 to the Present; and Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America’s Fight for Ireland’s Freedom. His most recent work, Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics, was published March 2014. He is currently writing a dual biography of Franklin Roosevelt and Al Smith.

Golway was also the co-editor of the very successful book The Irish in America, which was the basis for a popular PBS documentary.  He has also written books on the speeches of John F. Kennedy (with Robert Dallek), F.D.R., and Harry Truman.

Selected reviews

Praise for Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

“Terry Golway’s Machine Made is a fine revisionist history of Tammany Hall, told with style and verve and with a keen eye for the Irish contribution to American politics.” —John Kelly, author of The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People and The Great Mortality

“Terry Golway’s sweeping and evocative Machine Made tells an important but forgotten story—of how American politics once worked for the poor and the weak rather than, as today, only for the rich and powerful.” —Kerby A. Miller, author of the prize-winning Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America

Machine Made is good history and good story telling.  In the best tradition of honest revisionism, Terry Golway has managed to sweep away layers of old stereotypes and misconceptions to explain why Tammany Hall—vilified by generations of “reformers” and do-gooders—remained so popular with New Yorkers for over a century and still shapes American politics today in 2013.” — Kenneth D. Ackerman, author of Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York

“Marvelously written, Machine Made is a superb history of one of the nation’s most famous political machines.” —Jay P. Dolan, author of The Irish Americans: A History

“In the best tradition of honest revisionism, Terry Golway has managed to sweep away layers of old stereotypes and misconceptions to explain why Tammany Hall—vilified by generations of ‘reformers’ and do-gooders—remained so popular with New Yorkers for over a century and still shapes American politics today.” —Kenneth D. Ackerman, author of Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York

“New York’s Tammany Hall long symbolized urban corruption and boss politics…An unjust verdict, historian and author Terry Golway argues convincingly in this headlong narrative. Gotham’s classic Democratic machine, which can stand in for many others since then, was less a corrupt organization than an effective political vehicle of ethnic, especially Irish-American, aspirations…Never has [this] story been told so well or with greater strength.” —Publishers Weekly

“In overcoming and battling nativism in America, reaching out, albeit not selflessly, to new immigrant groups and, after the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy of 1911, supporting progressive social programs both at the local level and legislatively, Tammany thrived well into the 1900’s. Not ignoring instances of corruption large and small, from Boss Tweed to Jimmy Walker (Tammany coined the concept of “honest graft”), Golway makes his case for Tammany’s impact eloquently. In doing so, he has provided an essential addition to the historical literature of New York and urban America.” —Booklist

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Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal is a journalist covering Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, and other international hotspots.  He has served as an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and has reported for The Nation, The New Republic, Harper’s and Foreign Policy, among other publications.  Gopal is a fellow at the New America Foundation.

His first book, No Good Men Among the Living, was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award.

Selected reviews

Praise for No Good Men Among the Living:

“Essential reading for anyone concerned about how America got Afghanistan so wrong. It is a devastating, well-honed prosecution.” —New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant, incisive work of storytelling and analysis.  Of all the recent books on Afghanistan, this one stands out like a bright shining light, revealing the truth of war from the ground up.  Breathtaking and magnificent, this is a must read.” —Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

“Anand Gopal, known for his extraordinarily brave firsthand accounts of the Taliban, now tells the story of the Afghan War through stories of the Afghans themselves…whose voices have been notably absent from almost all accounts of the conflict.  With its deep reporting and excellent writing, No Good Men Among the Living is destined to become a classic of war reportage.” —Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad

“If you read one book on Afghanistan today, make it this one.  No Good Men Among the Living is a masterfully told narrative of how, after 9/11, the Americans defeated the Taliban only to revive them.  An admirable achievement. —Jon Lee Anderson, author of The Fall of Baghdad and The Lion’s Grave

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Bruce Greenwald

Bruce Greenwald holds the Robert Heilbrunn Professorship of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia Business School and is the academic Director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing. Greenwald is an authority on value investing, and was described by the New York Times as “a guru to Wall Street’s Gurus.” His book with Judd Kahn, Value Investing: From Graham to Buffet and Beyond has sold extremely well around the world and remains a bedrock text for investors. According to Morningstar.com it is “essential reading;” and Smart Money said, “Greenwald might not outsell Graham but he ought to…” and Business Week called it “better than Graham.” Greenwald’s book, Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy, also written with Judd Kahn, was called “a brilliant challenge to Michael Porter’s Competitive Strategy” by Sylvia Nasr, and “the best of the strategy books” by the New York Times.

Greenwald has been recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities, receiving numerous awards including the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award.

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Richard Hasen

Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law. From 2001–2010, he served (with Dan Lowenstein) as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication Election Law Journal. He is the author of more than eighty articles on election law issues, published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Supreme Court Review. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2009, and in 2013 The National Law Journal named him one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Slate. Hasen also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog. His books include The Supreme Court and Election Law: Judging Equality from Baker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore, published in 2003 by NYU Press, and The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, published in summer 2012 by Yale University Press. His new book Plutocrats United is about money, politics, and the Supreme Courtwas published in 2016 by Yale University Press.

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Judd Kahn

Judd Kahn earned his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.A. and Ph. D. from The University of California, Berkeley, becoming a professor of history at Wesleyan University before moving on to private industry and consulting . He was a founding member and has recently retired from Summit Street Capital Management, an investment management company in New York. He is the co-author, with Bruce Greenwald, of globalization: n. the irrational fear that someone in China will take your job, Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy, and Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond with Michael Van Biema, and Paul D. Sonkin.

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Thomas Maier

Thomas Maier is an award-winning author and investigative journalist at New York’s Newsday. His book, Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How To Love was listed by the Chicago Tribune as among its favorite non-fiction books of 2009. A Showtime series based on the book will air in 2012. Previously, The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings was one of the top annual holiday books chosen by USA Today in 2003 and was praised as one of the top 10 all-time JFK books by the American Booksellers. Dr. Spock: An American Life, was a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times and Newhouse: All the Glitter, Power and Glory of America’s Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It, won the 1994 Frank Luther Mott Award as best media book of the year.

Maier’s most recent book, When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys, was published in 2014 by Crown.

More about Mr. Maier

As an investigative reporter for Newsday since 1984, Maier has won several national and regional honors, including the 2002 first-place prize from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists now called the “Daniel Pearl Award.” Maier’s other investigative series have won the national Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award, the national Worth Bingham Award and National Headliners Award, among others. He received his masters from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where Maier won the John M. Patterson Prize for television documentary-making. In 2010, his print series and accompanying video documentary about Brookhaven National Lab’s treatment of nuclear bomb victims in the Pacific won Newsday’s first Emmy Award nomination.

Selected reviews

Praise for When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys:

“This sprawling saga of two political dynasties…is full of wartime adventure, romance, and innumerable adulteries. Maier’s vivid profiles of these charismatic figures makes for a nuanced study.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“[A] fascinating dual biography…Maier delves into archives on both sides of the Atlantic to bring his narrative an impressive grasp of the two clans and the rich array of personalities that interacted with them over the decades. This is a book that cannot be put down, and its wealth of details, smoothly told, will hold the reader’s attention from beginning to end.” —Library Journal

Newsday investigative journalist Thomas Maier…delivers the goods….The sheer accumulation of colorful anecdotes in “When Lions Roar” makes for riveting reading from start to finish.” —Douglas Brinkley, Rice University

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Richard Marston

Richard Marston, Ph. D. from MIT, is the James R.F. Guy Professor of Finance at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. He is also the current Director of the Weiss Center for International Financial Research and was previously the Acting Director of the U.S.-Japan Management Studies Center at Wharton.  He is the author of many important papers and his book Portfolio Design: A Modern Approach to Asset Allocation (2011), has been warmly received by financial advisors across the country. His most recent  book, Investing for a Lifetime, was published by Wiley & Sons in 2014.

More about Mr. Marston

He holds visiting appointments around the world at the Kiel Institute; Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna; Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, Paris; and the London Business School. Marston was a German Marshall Fund Fellow in 1981 and won the Sanwa Bank Award in 1992. He has been a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1979. Marston is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Money and Finance and on the Board of Editors at Empirical Economics and Japan and the World Economy.

Selected reviews

Praise for Portfolio Design:

Portfolio Design will no doubt become a timeless reference for any serious investor.” — Charlotte Beyer, founder and CEO, Institute for Private Investors

“Marston offers a dynamic and cutting-edge understanding of the asset allocation process.” — Phil C. Shaffer, CIMA, Managing Director, Graystone Consulting, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

“For financial advisers seeking a solid foundation on which to base their advice, Portfolio Design is a must read.” — Stephen M. Horan, PhD, CFA, Head, Professional Education Content and Private Wealth, CFA Institute

Praise for Investing for a Lifetime:

[Marston explains] how you should invest to ensure that your money lasts as long as you do. . . . [The] second thing to like about the book . . . [is that] it is devoted to helping you determine exactly how much money you need to put away. His answer: a great deal. —The New York Times

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Gary May

Gary May received his Ph. D. from UCLA and specializes in American political, diplomatic, and social history and is currently a Professor of History at the University of Delaware. He is the author of China Scapegoat: The Diplomatic Ordeal of John Carter Vincent, winner of the Allan Nevins Prize (1975); Un-American Activities: The Trials of William Remington; The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo; and a biography of John Tyler in the American President Series edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and Sean Wilentz, which was an alternate selection of Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military Book club.  His most recent work, Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy, was published in 2013.

Selected reviews

His best known book, The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo (Yale, 2005), was highly praised in many reviews:

“…a model of painstaking historical research coupled with an exemplary writing style, vivid, dramatic, and suspenseful. Serious historical writing May proves need not be dull.” — The History News Network

“…a gripping and suspenseful account of an enormously important event in American history…this is a great book and a real page-turner.” —Richard Gid Powers

Praise for Bending Towards Justice (Basic, 2013):

“You will not find in one volume a more compelling story of the heroic men and women who struggled for the right to vote, or a more cinematic rendering of the political battle to enact the law, or a more succinct telling of the long campaign to subvert it. …[Gary May] has written a book that could change this country again, if every citizen read it.” —Bill Moyers

“[Gary May] presents a dramatic, highly readable account of the history of the … Voting Rights Act that is suitable for educating students, nonspecialist scholars, and the reading public. …Twenty-six years after Henry Hampton’s Eyes on the Prize documentary … May has produced a book written in a deeply moving way that brings to life the people and their deeds and suffering as graphically as Hampton’s documentary. That is no easy feat.” —Mary Frances Berry, Reviews in American History

“May’s eminently readable book is particularly timely because the Supreme Court, on June 25, 2013, issued its decision in Shelby County v. Holder … May’s book contains a wealth of information about the events that led to the enactment of the 1965 statute—and about the dedication and heroism of the little-known participants in the events that came to national attention in 1964 and 1965.” —John Paul Stevens, The New York Review of Books

“May’s Bending Toward Justice is a book of the classical phase, a lively and unabashedly partisan account of Selma and the Voting Rights Act. …May tells the story in his own way, and he is able to add many details.” —Louis Menand, The New Yorker

“In his superb new book, Bending Toward Justice, May offers a grim reminder of how truly awful things were for Southern Blacks before the VRA was enacted, and how hard Southern whites worked to suppress their votes, long after they were legally granted the franchise.” —Dahlia Lithwick, Salon

“A meticulous, impassioned narrative. …May delivers a fascinating account of the legislative maneuvering required to corral enough Republican votes to shut down the inevitable filibuster by southern Democrats and bring about the final passage. … Superb history.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Compelling. …This lucid investigation of the act’s history relates its critical importance to American democracy.” —Library Journal

“Gary May’s dramatic Bending Towards Justice brings alive the critical dynamic between grass roots advocacy and political leadership which produced the most significant advance in civil rights since the Emancipation Proclamation.”— Nick Kotz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Judgement Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America.

“By following the struggle over voting rights into the present day, May’s fine book provides vivid proof that history is never history.”—Diane McWhorter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Carry Me Home.

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Richard Moe

Educated at Williams College and the University of Minnesota Law School, Richard Moe spent his early years as chairman of the state Democratic Farmer Labor Party before moving to Washington D.C. in 1973 to head Walter Mondale’s Senate office. When Mondale was elected to the Vice Presidency, Mr. Moe served as his Chief of Staff before moving on to President Carter’s senior staff. After several years as a lawyer, Richard was recruited to serve as president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a position he held for over 17 years until his retirement in 2010.

Mr. Moe is the author of Changing Places—Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl and The Last Full Measure—The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers. Regarding The Last Full Measure, The New York Times called it “Exceptional…a vigorous, haunting celebration of the men,” David McCullough said it was “a rousing good book,” and Ken Burns noted it was “wonderfully told.”

Richard received the Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Historical Association in 2007 as “an individual outside the historical profession who [has] made a significant contribution to the study, teaching and understanding of history.”

He is currently writing a history of the 1940 presidential election that gave F.D.R. an unprecedented third term. Oxford University Press will publish it in 2013.
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Gilbert H. Muller

Gilbert H. Muller, who received a Ph. D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University, was professor of English and Special Assistant to the President at the LaGuardia campus of the City University of New York. He also taught at Stanford, Vassar, and several universities overseas. Dr. Muller is the author of the award-winning Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O’Connor and the Catholic Grotesque, Chester Himes, New Strangers in Paradise: The Immigrant Experience and Contemporary American Literature, and a biography William Cullen Bryant: Author of America. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Sewanee Review, the Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He is also a noted author and editor of textbooks in English and composition, including The Short Prose Reader with Harvey Wiener, The McGraw-Hill Introduction to Literature with John A. Williams, and The New World Reader: Thinking and Writing about the Global Community. Among Dr. Muller’s awards are National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship.

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Bruce Allen Murphy

Bruce Allen Murphy received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia; he is the Fred Morgan Kirby Professor of Civil Rights at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. His most recent book, Scalia: A Court of One, a biography of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was published by Simon & Schuster in June 2014. Murphy plans to follow this work with a string of books on members of the Supreme Court.

Selected reviews

Praise for Scalia: A Court of One:

“Bruce Allen Murphy’s Scalia: A Court of One carefully sifts the vast record, calling him our first celebrity Supreme Court Justice. While he’s highly critical of Scalia, Murphy, a professor of civil rights, always carefully marshals overwhelming evidence to support the criticism.” —John Ettorre, The National Catholic Reporter

“Comprehensively researched, accessible, and fascinating, this title is recommended for friend and for alike of Nino to understand just what the Supreme Court is up to.” —Library Journal, starred review

“[P]atient and thorough, alive both intellectually and morally, and written in fluid, unshowy prose. . . . [A] sensitive and scholarly reading of Justice Scalia’s intellectual life . . . This volume, which quotes the justice at length, functions as an M.R.I. scan of one of the most influential conservative thinkers of the 20th century. —The New York Times

“Thoroughly researched and accessible . . . a lively and informative account. . . . Scalia delivers a withering assault on its subject.” —The Boston Globe

“[A] fair-minded biography. . . . Murphy’s deeper and more scholarly focus on Scalia offers . . . an opportunity to study one justice’s progress from the Reagan administration’s great right hope to the more problematic character he’s become.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

“May be the most exhaustive treatment of a sitting justice ever written. . . . Scalia is a skeptical, often critical look at its subject, but free of snark; it does its readers the service of taking Scalia’s ideas seriously.” —The New York Times Book Review

“. . . [A] compelling biography of one of the most conservative, combative, and bombastic Supreme Court Justices in our nation’s history.” —The Seattle Times

“An intellectual biography of one of [the Supreme Court’s] most colorful members. . . . A lucid account of a wide variety of topics through the lens of judicial biography.” —The Chicago Tribune

“In Bruce Allen Murphy, Scalia has met a timely and unintimidated biographer ready to probe. . . . Murphy does not shrink from adjudicating Scalia’s dueling public claims: that separating faith from public life is impossible and, at the same time, that he himself has done just that on the Court.” —The Atlantic

“Murphy does Scalia the unwarranted honor of treating originalism seriously but does not flinch when he gets to the bottom line: At least in Scalia’s hands, originalism is not a method of judicial interpretation, it is a device to import his values into the Constitution.” —The Los Angeles Times

“A deeply probing biography of the controversial Supreme Court justice. . . . Murphy moves case by case in an evenhanded, thoroughgoing study.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Murphy gives Scalia’s intellect and influence its due. . . . What is strong in Scalia — and what probably irks so many fans of Scalia — is that Murphy does a good job poking holes in Scalia’s strict textual interpretation of the Constitution.” —Newark Star-Ledger

“A highly engaged, well-researched analysis of a brash justice whose single-mindedness may ultimately reduce his legacy.” —Booklist

“[A] penetrating biography. . . . Murphy’s thoughtful analysis of Scalia’s intellectual journey shows just how difficult it is to straitjacket the Constitution within a narrow interpretation.” —Publishers Weekly

“A significant achievement.” —Washington Monthly

More about Mr. Murphy

Having taught American politics, history and law for a quarter century, Murphy has written about politics and law for a general audience in several biographies of United States Supreme Court justices and a textbook on American Government. His first book, The Brandeis-Frankfurter Connection: The Secret Political Activities of Two Supreme Court Justices (1982) was a best-seller and, after a story about the book on the front page of the Sunday New York Times, it became the subject of a national debate about judicial ethics and dozens of reviews around the country, and won a Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association. His Fortas: The Rise and Ruin of a Supreme Court Justice (1988) was named a “Top 10 Book” by Washingtonian Magazine.

He is also the author of Wild Bill: The Legend of William O. Douglas, published by Random House in 2003. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly said of the book, “Murphy does a wonderful job of providing just enough historical content to allow general readers to appreciate the complexity of his brilliant, but flawed, subject without bogging down the narrative in a crush of detail.” The book was a selection of both the Book of the Month and History Book Clubs, and received front-page reviews across the nation, including by the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe, a featured review in The New Republic, and news stories in both The New York Times and the Washington Post.

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Lien-Hang T. Nguyen

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Vietnam War, the global Cold War, and the history of U.S. foreign relations. She received her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008. She is the General Editor of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Vietnam War (3 vols). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the BBC, and the San Jose Mercury News, as well as academic journals including Diplomatic History, the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Orbis: Journal of World Affairs, and numerous edited volumes.

Her first book, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam, was published in The New Cold War History Series by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012. Her upcoming book on the Tet Offensive will be published by Random House.

Born the youngest of nine children in Saigon, she had some relatives who fought alongside the United States and others who joined the southern communist revolution. In 1968, her father, an ARVN soldier, and her mother, who was six months pregnant with their sixth child, witnessed the Tet Offensive firsthand from their home near the Tan Dinh Market in Saigon. At the end of the war in 1975, her immediate family joined the throngs of refugees who fled the country and eventually resettled in the United States.

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Edward T. O’Donnell

Edward T. O’Donnell earned his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, where he is now an Associate Professor of History, and his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. O’Donnell is the author of several books, including 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History; Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum; and Visions of America: A History of the United States with Jennifer Keene and Saul Cornell. He has written a weekly feature for the Irish Echo, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times among others. O’Donnell has curated several major museum exhibits on American history and appeared in several historical documentaries. Professor O’Donnell has recently completed a major audio/video program on American History for the Teaching Company and has led more than 1,200 walking tours through New York City’s ethnic neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, and Harlem.

Selected Reviews

“It’s a fascinating probe into the inferno that killed hundreds of women and children, and O’Donnell does a spellbinding job of making the calamity come alive.” —Clive Cussler, maritime explorer and author (with Craig Dirgo) of The Sea Hunters: True Adventures With Famous Shipwrecks and The Sea Hunters II

“No one has told this extraordinary story of horror and heroism better than Edward O’Donnell.” —Kenneth T. Jackson, President of the New York Historical Society and Professor of History, Columbia University

“In his brisk and engaging style O’Donnell not only examines the Slocum tragedy from every angle, but his penetrating analysis is full of compassion and the smallest human details that bring the pages of history vividly to life.” —Barnet Schecter, author, The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution

“An impressively written account that effectively conveys the horror of New York’s second-worst disaster ever.” —Booklist (starred review)

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Lincoln Paine

Lincoln Paine is a maritime historian, editor, and author whose books and articles include The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the WorldShips of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia, and Down East: A Maritime History of Maine. He is completing a doctoral dissertation (“Maritime Enterprise and Institutional Change in Medieval Eurasia”) at Leiden University.

More about Mr. Paine

Mr. Paine was a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, the Oxford Companion to World Exploration, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2005), the ABC-Clio Encyclopedia of World History (2011), The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind, and The New York Times Almanac. A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, before turning to history he spent fourteen years as an editor of trade non-fiction and reference books, including the Universal/New York Times Almanac (1989–2011).

Selected Reviews

About The Sea and Civilization:

“As Lincoln Paine conclusively demonstrates in this magisterial work, the seas are also a crucial, perhaps even central, point of focus in the story of human civilization. … In terms of depth, the book is equally thorough, authoritative, and persuasive. … The narrative is eloquent and engaging. Substantial endnotes and references are tucked away but easily accessed towards the end of the book, and the inclusion of vivid illustrations and literary references throughout enliven the text.” —Karen M. Teoh, Asia Reviews in World History

“A monumental history of the sea” —The Times Literary Supplement

“A learned and deeply researched global view of maritime history.” —Peter Filene, The Spectator

“Fascinating and beautifully written…Paine steps back from [an] Eurocentric view to tell the story of maritime travel through the entire sweep of human history.  For thousands of years, people have been launching themselves onto water to fish, trade, fight, and explore—and doing so in ways that have profoundly shaped human institutions and the rise and decline of civilizations…With its richness of detail, [The Sea and Civilization offers] an eloquent vision of how the sea served as a path to the modern world.” — Foreign Affairs

“A worthy goal and superbly realized…Elegantly written and encyclopedic in scope, with en expert grasp of the demands of seamanship in every age, The Sea and Civilization deserves a wide readership. For landlocked historians, it will be a powerful stimulus to dip their toes—and perhaps their pens— in saltwater and for readers a forceful reminder that the urge to “go down to the sea in ships” has shaped civilizations and cultures in every period and in every part of the globe.” — John Darwin, Oxford University, The Wall Street Journal

“A magnificently sweeping world history that takes us from the people of Oceania and concludes with the container. In contrast to most books on maritime history, the majority of The Sea and Civilisation covers the history of the world before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and at least as much of the narrative focuses on Asia as it does on Europe.” —Ben Wilson, The Telegraph

The Sea and Civilization is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive maritime history ever produced.  Paines’s guiding principle is that “all history is maritime history,” since the sea has been the single most important factor in driving development…. Paine loves the sea and ships…his passion is to tell the story of the sea.  History is seldom written with that kind of passion today.” — Gerard DeGroot, The Times of London

“The U.S. historian Lincoln Paine’s global history steams into view from across the Atlantic, a brilliantly researched and ambitious affirmation of the sea and civilization.” — The New Statesman

“‘I want to change the way you see the world,’ declares Lincoln Paine in his magnum opus The Sea and Civilization.  It became clear to me that I must bring this great source book to the world of India.  That oceans teach us, above all, about the unity of human existence on this planet seems to be the take away from The Sea and Civilization.” — Mangalam Srinivasan, The Hindu

“Paine’s highly detailed work encompasses a wide array of topics, from trade and the influence of the sea on warfare and political coalitions, to ship building techniques through the ages, to piracy and slavery. . . . Paine has compiled an invaluable resource for salty dogs and land-lubbers alike.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Sea and Civilization presents a fresh look at the global past.  Bringing to bear a formidable knowledge of ships and sails, winds and currents, navigation techniques and maritime law, Lincoln Paine offers a lively tour of world history as seen from the waterline.  The result is a fascinating account, full of little-known episodes and novel insights.  A major contribution.” — Karen Wigen, Stanford University

“Paine deftly navigates the complexities of global culture to create an eminently readable account of mankind’s relationship to the sea. Both profound and amusing, this will be a standard source for decades to come.” —Josh Smith, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, editor of Voyages

“‘I want to change the way you see the world.’ This brave ambition is brilliantly realized by Lincoln Paine in this single volume.  Thoroughly researched, clearly argued, eminently accessible, we have at last a responsible and persuasive explanation of the inextricable connection between the ocean and world civilization.” — Peter Neil, Director of the World Ocean Observatory

About Ships of the World:

“Clearly the most fascinating book of the year.” — Library Journal

“This book is a magnificent survey of several thousand years of river, lake, and open-ocean ships, from those that floated on the prehistoric Nile, through the centuries of sailing ships, to engine-driven monsters that carried airplanes to victory, to supertankers, such as the Exxon Valdez… Almost every well-known ship is here.  There are entries for the historically significant HMS Beagle and Mayflower, luxury liners such as Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary, warships such as the Bismark and USS Constitution, and ships best known for disastrous voyages…. Highly recommended.” — Booklist

“Everyone who is interested in maritime history has reason to be grateful to Lincoln Paine.  His painstaking reference books are immeasurably useful, remarkably reliable, efficiently presented and engagingly written.  He selects sensibly and his judgements are sound.” — Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, author of Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years

“Lincoln Paine is Homeric in sweep of vision and poetic reverence….It is indeed uncommon for a reference book in that its hard data is organized by a poetic intelligence rather than an analytical one.” — Kenneth Hagan, United States Naval Academy, Nautical Research Journal

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia…is a most uncommonly valuable book.” — Patrick O’Brian

“Best of Reference, 1998” — New York Public Library

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James T. Patterson

James T. Patterson, is Ford Foundation Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University and the author of The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed AmericaBrown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy and Freedom is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life from LBJ to Obama. His many works include two entries in the Oxford History of the United States series, the Bancroft Prize winning Grand Expectations: The United States 1945–1974 and Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore. Patterson has received two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Indiana University Teaching Award (1968) and in 1966 was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for his work Congressional Conservatism and the New Deal: The Growth of the Conservative Coalition in Congress, 1933–1939. He was elected a member of the Society of American Historians in 1974 and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.

Selected reviews

Praise for The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America:

“So evocatively does James Patterson take us back into the vanished world of 1965 that many readers will wish they could travel back in time and somehow change the tragic arc of history.”— Michael Beschloss

“Focusing on the single, fateful year of 1965, Patterson’s masterful account details the incipient fissures in American society that grew into gaping chasms by the decade’s end.  A sobering and essential read about a world we have lost and the troubled birth of our own.”—David Kennedy, Professor of History Emeritus, Stanford University

“An exciting but also disturbing look at 1965, the year when what we now think of as ‘the sixties’ really began.”—E.J. Dionne Jr., author of Our Divided Political Heart

“James Patterson, one of the most prolific and thoughtful historians of our generation, has written a brilliant book that shows us how the 1960s became such a destructive period in our recent history.”—Alan Brinkley, author of John F. Kennedy

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Robert V. Remini

Robert V. Remini was an acclaimed historian well known for his comprehensive and definitive studies of President Andrew Jackson. He was professor of history emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and from 2005 to 2010 he served as the Historian of the United States House of Representatives. His most famous work, The Life of Andrew Jackson, was published in three volumes, the last winning a National Book Award. Among the many books by Remini are The Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America’s First Military Victory (2013); A Short History of the United States: From the Arrival of Native American Tribes to the Obama Presidency (2009); The House: The History of the House of Representatives (2006); John Quincy Adams (2002); and Henry Clay: Statesman of the Union (1993).

He was my college teacher at Fordham and was very highly regarded by every student. I became his agent in 1998, and we became friends over the years, until his death at 91 in 2013. I had the incredible experience not only of working with him on his later books, but also of attending the Metropolitan Opera with him several times. All in all, it was an experience I will never forget.

Selected reviews

About The Life of Andrew Jackson:

“Superb professional history that moves boldly beyond the scholar’s monograph to make the American past alive and exciting for the general reader.” —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
“This majestic biography allows us to see the world as Jackson saw it . . . Remini artfully teaches us about the American past.” Naomi Bliven, New Yorker

“Succeeds admirably in capturing the character of Ander Jackson the public figure and in conveying a sense of the still-young nation whose affairs he led.” —James M. Banner, Washington Post

About The House: The History of the House of Representatives:

“Only a historian of Robert Remini’s stature could encompass more than two centuries of the dramatic experience of the House of Representatives so vividly in so few pages. From the convention of 1787 to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, he takes the reader on an exhilarating ride.” —William E. Leuchtenburg, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson

“In a clear and concise page-turning narrative history of the peoples’ house, Robert V. Remini has written a volume that will appeal alike to specialists and a wider American public. Presenting penetrating insights into key events and illuminating portraits of powerful Speakers and prominent members, Remini gives full play to both sordid and exalted incidents, to moments of high drama as well as strife and division, while relating how members conducted themselves, precedents developed, and legislation formulated from the inauguration of a new government in 1789 through the conservative revolution so evident today.” —Richard Lowitt, Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma, author of George W. Norris: The Triumph of a Progressive

About Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union:

“Splendidly researched, vividly written, and generally compelling. . . . Remini recounts with verve and surprisingly fresh insight the familiar events of Clay’s long career.” —Michael F. Holt, University of Virginia, in Chicago Sun Times

“[A] powerful, long overdue biography. . . . A lucid, dramatic revelation of a forgotten giant of American history.” —Brian Richard Boyland, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Definitive, magisterial. . . . A fine, absorbing biography that does justice to its great subject.” —Kirkus Reviews

Mike Rose

Mike Rose is a graduate of Loyola University (B.A.), and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.). Over the last forty years, he has taught in a range of educational settings, from kindergarten to job training and adult literacy programs. He is currently on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Mike Rose is the author of ten books including Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America’s Underprepared; a landmark work on teaching that after 20 years remains an inspiration to thousands of new teachers, Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America; about which the Boston Globe said that “Rose, whose writing is rich and graceful, recreates one magical scene after another.” , and most recently Why School?, which challenges the narrow focus of today’s leaders in education. Rose has written a number of books and articles on language, literacy, and cognition and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Commonwealth Club of California Award for Literary Excellence in Nonfiction. He has also been honored by the Spencer Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation Program in Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Modern Language Association, and the National Academy of Education.

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David L. Roll

David L. Roll is a partner at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C., and founder of Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world. He was awarded the Purpose Prize Fellowship by Civic Ventures in 2009. He is the author of The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler, which was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. He was co-author with Keith D. McFarland of Louis Johnson and the Arming of America: The Roosevelt and Truman Years (Indiana University Press, 2005). He lives with his wife Nancy and their dog Thatcher in Washington, D.C. and Glen Arbor, Michigan.

His new book, a biography of George C. Marshall, will be published by New American Library.

Selected reviews

Praise for The Hopkins Touch:

“Harry Hopkins was FDR’s left-hand man. He helped the maestro direct the American-British-Russian alliance that won World War II. David Roll shows just how he did it, this quiet deal-maker Churchill called ‘Lord Root of the Matter.’ The Hopkins Touch deserves its place aside Robert Sherwood’s Roosevelt and Hopkins and Jon Meacham’s Franklin and Winston.” —Chris Matthews, host of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC

“It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the period. A truly magisterial biography.” —The Washington Times

“Displaying a strong grasp of the intervening half-century of historical scholarship, delivering a strong and clear-eyed appraisal of Hopkins’s personal life, and demonstrating considerable narrative talents.” —Wall Street Journal

“It is refreshing to read an account of a time when commitment to the national interest, personal depth in history, vision, loyalty and discretion were the watchwords. Such is the portrait of Harry Hopkins, Franklin Roosevelt’s closest confidante and trusted surrogate, drawn by David Roll in this absorbing update of Robert Sherwood’s defining work. Drawing on material never before available, Roll revisits Hopkins roots, his intimate relationship with the president, how deeply he was revered by Prime Minister Churchill, and trusted by Joseph Stalin—all in one of the best researched, and well-written biographical works I’ve ever read. The Hopkins Touch deserves a place in the American political history stacks of every library in America‚and also on your night stand.” —Robert “Bud” McFarlane, National Security Adviser to Ronald Reagan

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Steven Rosenbaum

Steven Rosenbaum is a television producer, author, and the creator of MTV News Unfiltered, a groundbreaking user-generated video show. He is the author of Curation Nation: How To Win In A World Where Consumers Are Creators, the very first work to address this important topic. Rosenbaum has contributed to several blogs and print outlets including the Huffington Post, JackMyers.com and Silicon Alley Insider among others. He is also an accomplished public speaker having appeared at SXSW, Streaming Media East & West, Digital Hollywood, Media Bistro Circus and Columbia University’s BRITE Conference.

More about Mr. Rosenbaum

Rosenbaum is also an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and documentary director who has collected and curated the world’s largest collection of 9/11 videos: The CameraPlanet Archive. With his wife and producing partner, Pamela Yoder, Rosenbaum directed the critically acclaimed “7 Days in September” and together they have produced, executive produced, or provided footage to many of the best-known films about the World Trade Center, including “Inside 9/11” for National Geographic, and “In Memoriam” for HBO. Rosenbaum has received two Emmy Awards, six New York Festival’s World Medals, four CINE Golden Eagles, and six Telly Awards. He is the founder and CEO of the highly successful Magnify.net, a video publishing platform that enables people to integrate user-generated video into their Web site.

 Selected reviews

Among the dozens of endorsements for the book are the following:

“Give me hope for the future of the Information Age.” — Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author, Drive

“Read this book. Embrace curation, and you’ll be ready to ‘crush it’ with focus and passion in the noisy new world of massive data overload.” — Gary Vanyerchuk, New York Times bestselling author, Crush It

“Provides a wealth of real-world examples of how businesses can use the Web to give their customers a valuable curated experience.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos.com; New York Timesbestselling author, Delivering Happiness

“Our best hope for sorting the good from the mediocre in our increasingly overwhelming media landscape.” — Clay Shirky, author, Cognitive Surplus and Here Comes Everybody

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Ava Seave

Ava Seave is a Principal of Quantum Media, a leading New York City based consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic planning for media, information, and entertainment companies. She is the co-author of The Story So Far: What We Know About The Business of Digital Journalism and Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies, which The New York Times called “a disciplined, cogent analysis…” and Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, said was “…essential reading.”

More about Ms. Seave

As a Quantum Media principal, she has led numerous consulting engagements and has provided senior-level management consulting services to many companies in a broad range of assignments. Ava graduated from Brown University before going on to earn her M.B.A from Harvard University. Seave currently is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School where she teaches “Media Strategy: Analysis, Innovation and Implementation” and an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Columbia Journalism School where she teaches, “Making the Business of Journalism Work.”

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Murray Sperber

Murray Sperber received his B.A. from Purdue and both his M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley before spending 33 years teaching at the University of Indiana where he is now a Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies. At Indiana he published seven books, most recently, Beer & Circus: How Big-Time College Sports is Crippling Undergraduate Education which was named to Sports Illustrated’s list of “100 Best Sports Books of All-Time.” His previous books on college sports include Onward to Victory: The Crises That Shaped College Sports, College Sports Inc.: The Athletic Department vs. the University, and Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football, which Sports Illustrated named as the second best sports history book.

More about Mr. Sperber

In conjunction with his work on college sports he has appeared on many national TV and radio programs, including Nightline, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and the Lehrer Newshour. He also contributes op-ed pieces to The Chronicle of Higher Education and other periodicals including The New York Times. Sperber is also former chair of the Drake Group, a national faculty committee advocating reform of college sports. Since 2008, he has been Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Mitchell Stephens

Mitchell Stephens is a historian and a journalist who is currently a professor at New York University and the former journalism chair.  In 2009 he completed a fellowship at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School and in 2010 was on a Fulbright in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Professor Stephens is the author of several books including Writing and Reporting the News (with Gerald Lanson); Broadcast News; Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11; the rise of the image the fall of the word; and A History of News.  His new book  Above Us Only Sky: A History of Atheism will be published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2014.

More About Professor Stephens

He has published articles on philosophy, physics, anthropology, psychology, and other aspects of contemporary thought for The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and others.  In addition to his published work, Stephens has appeared on NPR’s On the Media, NBC News, and dozens of other television and radio appearances.

Selected Reviews

Praise for A History of News:

“Thorough, scrupulous, and witty….A History of News is in all respects first-rate, and original, work.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“A Lively and original historical introduction….At every stage Mr. Stephens’ wide knowledge of his subject furnishes him with striking facts and analogies.” —John Gross, The New York Times

“As a critical historian, his analysis is not only astute, but often eloquent and even downright poignant.” —Mark Crispin Miller, The New York Times Book Review

Praise for the rise of the image the fall of the word:

“A visionary thinker.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A fascinating, counterintuitive tour de force.” —Wilson’s Quarterly

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Helen Sword

Helen Sword is a scholar, award-winning teacher, and poet who has published books and articles on modernist literature, higher education pedagogy, digital poetics, and academic writing. Born and raised in Southern California, she received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and now teaches in the Centre for Academic Development at the University of Auckland. Professor Sword is the author of several books including Stylish Academic Writing, The Writer’s Diet, Pacific Rim Modernisms, Ghostwriting Modernism, and Engendering Inspiration.

More about Professor Sword

A passionate advocate of creativity and craftsmanship in scholarship, teaching, and the arts, Helen was co-recipient of the University of Auckland’s 2007 Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching. Her popular academic writing workshops for faculty and doctoral students have taken her to universities in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to her scholarly duties, Professor Sword operates the websites The Writer’s Diet (a resource for writers) and The Stoneflower Path (a digital collection of her poetry).

Selected Reviews

Praise for Stylish Academic Writing:

“Helen Sword offers sage advice to beginning—and even senior—researchers on how to avoid dulling academic prose.  I take her advice to heart.” —Rick K Wilson, Editor, American Journal of Political Science

“In Stylish Academic Writing, Helen Sword offers dozens of suggestions as to how you might improve your work, get your argument across in a more appealing manner, and attract more readers.  We can all learn something useful from this book, and it won’t involve a lot of effort.” —Malcolm Tight, Editor, Studies in Higher Education

Stylish Academic Writing challenges academics to make their work more consequential by communicating more clearly—and provides helpful hints and models for doing so.  This is a well-crafted and valuable contribution that combines substance with style.” —Arne L. Kalleberg, Editor, Social Forces

Praise for Ghostwriting Modernism:

“Helen Sword’s short book is a dense and engrossing account of rarely pursued writings. . . Ghostwriting Modernism is a book that grows on you, not just because of its original documentation and its systematic appraisal of an often neglected topic, but also because of its skillful progression and elegant construction.”-Jean-Michel Rabate, University of Pennsylvania

“Sword’s excellent book is a model of sensible lucidity.”-William J. Maxwell, University of Illinois

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Nancy C. Unger

Nancy C. Unger received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California and is currently an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University. Her first book Fighting Bob La Follete: The Righteous Reformer, was the winner of the 2001 Wisconsin Historical Society Book of Merit Award and was re-released in an updated paperback edition in 2008. Professor Unger’s articles have appeared in journals including the Journal of American History, the Wisconsin Magazine of History, Mid-America, The Psychohistory Review, and Environmental Justice. She writes for the History News Service and FightingBob.com.
More about Professor Unger

She is currently writing a book about the role of women in preserving the environment titled Beyond “Nature’s Housekeepers”: American Women in Environmental History and from that research has published several essays and articles on environmental history.

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Robert Uth

Robert Uth is a television producer and writer with New Voyage Communications in Washington DC. He has produced and directed several programs for PBS including Tesla: Master of Lightning, Hallowed Grounds: America’s Overseas Military Cemeteries, The March of the Bonus Army, and The World War II Memorial: A Testament to Freedom along with its companion book The World War II Memorial: A Grateful Nation Remembers. His Korean War Stories, a 60-minute documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite, won the 2002 National Emmy for “Outstanding Historical Documentary.”

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Harvey Wiener

Harvey Wiener is the author of a number of books on reading and writing for college students and their teachers including The Writing Room, Any Child Can Write, and Any Child Can Read Better. He is the co-author of several well-known textbooks including The McGraw-Hill College Handbook with Richard Marius, and The Short Prose Reader and To The Point: Reading and Writing Short Arguments, both with Gilbert Muller. He has chaired the Teaching of Writing Division of the Modern Language Association and has taught writing at every level of education from elementary school to graduate school. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn College, he holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Fordham University. Professor Wiener has won grants fom the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Ford Foundation and the Exxon Education Foundation.

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David B. Woolner

David B. Woolner is Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Senior Fellow of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College and Associate Professor of History at Marist College. A specialist in U.S. foreign and economic policy under Franklin D. Roosevelt, he is co-editor with Warren Kimball and David Reynolds of FDR’s World: War, Peace and Legacies (Palgrave, 2008); with Henry Henderson of FDR and the Environment (Palgrave, 2005); and with Richard Kurial of FDR, the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church in America, 1933-1945 (Palgrave, 2003). He is the editor of The Second Quebec Conference Revisited: Waging War, Formulating Peace; Canada, Great Britain and the United States in 1944-1945 (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 1998), and is the author of a book entitled Searching for Cooperation in a Troubled World: Cordell Hull, Anthony Eden and Anglo-American Relations, 1933-1938.

His latest book, FDR: The Last 100 Days, will be published by Basic Books in Fall 2017.

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Jason Zweig

Jason Zweig is the investing and personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the author of several highly regarded books. Jean Chatsky, financial editor at the Today Show, wrote “…no one has the goods like Jason Zweig. If he wrote it, I’ll read it. And you should too.” Zweig’s books include Your Money and Your Brain, which received numerous accolades including one from Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman. William Bernstein, author of The Four Pillars of Investing, wrote “you owe it to yourself, your future, and your heirs to read this book.” Bill Miller, chairman of Legg Mason, said it was “the best book yet on the science of neuroeconomics.” Of The Little Book of Safe Money Charles Ellis said “Fun, fast, factual—and so wise. No wonder so many enjoy reading Jason Zweig.” Professor Terrance Odean of Berkeley added, “Read this book now and read it again before making any major investment decision.”

More about Mr. Zweig

In 2003 Zweig produced a new edition of Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor, adding incisive and instructive commentary that showed how investors could follow Graham’s advice more than 60 years after his book’s publication.

In 2015, Jason produced The Devil’s Financial Dictionary (Public Affairs), an A-Z guide that skewers the financial community’s hubris and outlandish failures. It has been praised by all the leading members of the financial world, including Nobel Prize winner Robert Schiller and William F. Sharpe, Richard H. Thaler, John Vogle and Jane Bryant Quinn, among many others.

From 1995 through 2008 he was a senior writer for Money magazine; before joining Money, he was the mutual funds editor at Forbes. Zweig has also been a guest columnist for Time magazine and cnn.com. Mr. Zweig has won two Medill School of Journalism Financial Writers and Editors Awards, for best feature on a personal finance topic affecting investors and best financial columnist for a national publication, and was a two-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. A frequent public speaker, Jason has made appeareances on Nightline with Ted Koppel and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer among other shows and is an annual lecturer at the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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