My Books

Interested in the media world that gave us Matt Drudge, Andrew Breitbart and Donald Trump? Order my latest book, Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy (Basic Books, July 7, 2020).

My first book, War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (Rutgers, 1998), is also about political media and the making of the FBI during the New Deal.

I have edited two books of essays with Renee Romano of Oberlin College. Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Re-staging America’s Past (Rutgers, 2018) is a collection of articles about one of the most extraordinary Broadway hits ever. It is accessibly written for students, scholars, and fans of the show.

Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012) is for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and working historians who are getting ready to plunge into research and writing about the recent past.