The new book Alan Brinkley: A Life in History (Columbia University Press, 2019), edited by David Greenberg, Moshik Temkin and Mason B. Williams, brings together essays on Brinkley’s major works and ideas, as well as personal reminiscences from leading historians and thinkers beyond the academy whom Brinkley collaborated with, befriended, and influenced.
The volume includes essays by critic Frank Rich, journalists Jonathan Alter and Nicholas Lemann, biographer A. Scott Berg, and historians Eric Foner and Lizabeth Cohen. Together, the seventeen essays that form the book chronicle the life and thought of a working historian, the development of historical scholarship in our time, and the role that history plays in our public life.
Alan Brinkley had influence in both the academic and popular realms. His debut work, the National Book Award-winning Voices of Protest, launched a storied career that considered the a spectrum of American political life. His books are serious treatments of populist dissent, the role of mass media, the struggles of liberalism and conservatism, and the powers and limits of the presidency.
Brinkley is a longtime professor at Harvard University and Columbia University and has help shap the field of U.S. history for generations of students through his textbooks.
David Greenberg, a historian of American politics, teaches at Rutgers University. His latest book is Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency (2016).
Moshik Temkin is associate professor of history and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial (2011).
Mason B. Williams is assistant professor of leadership studies and political science at Williams College and the author of City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York (2013).
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