“How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account,” The Daily Beast, December 1, 2014 (2,300 words).

“‘The Power Broker Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece,” The Daily Beast, September 16, 2014 (6,000 words).

“Those Pesky Tapes: The Release of More Nixon Tapes is a Treasure for Historians,” Kirkus Reviews, July 31, 2014 (1,000 words).

“When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right,” The Daily Beast, June 23, 2014 (1,700 words).

How One Debate Changed Politics Forever,” The Daily Beast, May 29, 2014 (1,000 words).

“The Decade When ‘The New Yorker’ Grew Up,” The Daily Beast, May 20, 2014 (1,200 words).

“Why Readers Love Big Biographies,” Salon, October 27, 2013 (1,600 words).

“Hot in Hollywood: Producer Lynda Obst on Tentpoles, Tadpoles and TV,” Huffington Post, June 18, 2013 (1,100 words).

Book Reviews

“America’s Secret Prison,” Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City (Scribner, 2015), Chicago Tribune, January 29, 2015.

“Building the Great Society,” Julian E. Zelizer’s The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015), Chicago Tribune,  January 8, 2015.

“North vs. South, From a New Direction,” Don H. Doyle’s The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (Basic Books, 2014), Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2014.

“Decade of the Year: The Best Books About the Volatile ’60s,” The Daily Beast, December 19, 2014.

“Chuck Todd Offers and Inside Look at the Presidency of Barack Obama,” Chuck Todd’s The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House (Little Brown, 2014), Chicago Tribune, November 13, 2014.

“How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Faith in Government,” Jonathan Darman’s Landslide: LBJ and Reagan at the Dawn of a New America (Random House, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 21, 2014.

“Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year,” Tavis Smiley’s Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Year (Little Brown, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 16, 2014.

“Cracks in the Glass,” Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry’s Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (Liveright, 2014), Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2014.

“The Rise Before the Fall,” Patrick J. Buchanan’s The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (Crown Forum, 2014), Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2014.

“The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far),” The Daily Beast, July 6, 2014.

“Guns in the Age of Truthiness,” Michael Waldman’s The Second Amendment: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Chicago Tribune, June 13, 2014.

“Retired Justice Says Time to Hit Refresh on the Constitution,” John Paul Stevens’ Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution (Little Brown, 2014), Huffington Post, April 23, 2014.

“It’s Hard Up Here for the Rich,” Robert Frank’s Richistan: A Journey through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich (Crown Business, 2007), Daily Report, October 24, 2013.

“A Politico Snack Before the Main Court of 2012 Campaign Books,” Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin’s The End of the Line (Random House, 2012), Huffington Post, June 25, 2013.


David Ritz, author of Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Little Brown, 2014), February 11, 2015.

Richard Wightman Fox, author of Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History (Norton, 2015), February 11, 2015.

Jan Jarboe Russell, author of The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II (Scribner, 2015), Kirkus Reviews, January 20, 2015.

Pamela Paul, author of By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review (Henry Holt, 2014), The Daily Beast, January 12, 2015.

Julian E. Zelizer, author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015), The Daily Beast, January 4, 2015.

Steven Pinker, author of The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Viking, 2014), The Atlantic, December 30, 2014.

Finn Wittrock, actor in the TV series American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX Network), Salon, December 17, 2014.

Chuck Todd, author of The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House (Little Brown, 2014), Salon, November 29, 2014.

Richard Norton Smith, author of On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller (Random House, 2014), The Daily Beast, November 19, 2014.

Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster, 2014), The Daily Beast, November 14, 2014.

Gregg Herken, author of The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington (Knopf, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, October 29, 2014.

Jonathan Eig, author of The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (Norton, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, October 13, 2014.

Jonathan Darman, author of Landslide: LBJ and Reagan at the Dawn of a New America (Random House, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, September 26, 2014.

Mark Whitaker, author of Cosby: His Life and Times (Simon & Schuster, 2014), The Daily Beast, September 24, 2014.

Edward E. Baptist, author The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, September 11, 2014.

Doug J. Swanson, author of Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Texas Poker (Viking, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2014.

John Dean, author of The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It (Viking, 2014), The Daily Beast, August 8, 2014.

Ken Hughes, author of Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate (Virginia, 2014), The Daily Beast, August 7, 2014.

Douglas Brinkley, co-author of The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014), The Daily Beast, August 6, 2014.

Rick Perlstein, author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (Simon & Schuster, 2014), The Daily Beast, August 5, 2014.

Jon Mooallem, author of Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America (Penguin Press, 2013), The Daily Beast, July 25, 2014.

Stephen Falk, creator of the comedy series You’re the Worst (FX Network), Salon, July 13, 2014.

Pat Buchanan, author of The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (Crown Forum, 2014), Salon, July 9, 2014.

Ruth Feldstein, author of How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford, 2013), Kirkus Reviews, June 26, 2014.

Marc Spitz, author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film (It Books, 2014), The Daily Beast, June 23, 2014.

Bruce Allen Murphy, author of Scalia: A Court of One (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, June 9, 2014.

Michael Waldman, author of The Second Amendment: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, May 23, 2014.

Alex Beam, author of American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church (Public Affairs, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, April 21, 2014.

Adam Begley, author of Updike (Harper, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, April 9, 2014.

Cass R. Sunstein, author of Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Kirkus Reviews, March 19, 2014.

Peter Baker, author of Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House (Crown, 2013), Salon, December 15, 2013.

John T. Shaw, author of JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Huffington Post, October 27, 2013.

A. Scott Berg, author of Wilson (Putnam, 2013), Huffington Post, October 10, 2013.

Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court (Doubleday, 2012), Huffington Post, June 4, 2013.

Ann Kingman, host of “Books on the Nightstand” podcast, “Is This the Year of the Short Story?,” Huffington Post, April 29, 2013.

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