“The partisanship, and the populisms, that came to characterize the 2010s…

…were already coalescing as the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2008.” Sorry to end the year on a spirit of impending doom, but there you go: I tell it like it is, baby. I was one of the 23 historians in a Politico roundup (December 27 2019) imagining how the 2010s … More “The partisanship, and the populisms, that came to characterize the 2010s…

William Manchester and the Art of Popular History

This essay is adapted from a talk I was invited to give at the Wesleyan University Library on the occasion of historian William Manchester’s archive becoming officially open to the public. On June 1, 2004, when William Manchester died, I went to a shelf in my home where I keep some books from my late father’s … More William Manchester and the Art of Popular History