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Douglas Brinkley

"Kennedy as Journalist"

NYS Writers Institute, April 15, 1999
12:30-2:00 p.m. | Associated Writing Programs Conference, Albany Omni Hotel

PROFILE
In addition to publishing numerous nonfiction books on American history, Douglas Brinkley also has edited the letters of Hunter S. Thompson in The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-67 (1997), the first in an anticipated three-volume collection. It includes letters spanning a 12-year period, during which time Thompson survived his first incarceration, graduated from high school, was discharged from the Air Force, wrote in obscurity, and finally achieved notoriety with the publication of Hells Angels.

 

Douglas Brinkley's recent book, The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Journey Beyond the White House (1998), probes inside Carter's post-presidential years including his relationship with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, his promotion of human rights, and his relationship with the Clinton administration. Michael Beschloss praised The Unfinished Presidency as "a fascinating, thoughtful account of Jimmy Carter after the White House--easily the most detailed real-time inside look we have ever had at an American ex-president." Brinkley's newest book, American Heritage's The New History of the United States will be released this fall.

Historian Stephen E. Ambrose has described Brinkley as "the best of the new generation of American historians." Brinkley is the author of Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years 1953-71 (1992), Driven Patroit: The Life and Times of James Forrestal which he co-authored with Townsend Hoopes, and which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, as well as Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 which he co-authored with Stephen E. Ambrose. Brinkley also is the author of The Majic Bus: An Odyssey (1993), based on a six-week field trip he took across America leading a class of college students to study the country's history, literature, and culture. He also edited with David R. Facey-Crowther, The Atlantic Charter (1995) on the historic meeting between U.S. President Frankin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Brinkley is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, and has written numerous articles for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. His is Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans.

". . .Douglas Brinkley's excellent book records the possibilities and perils of an activist ex-presidency with candor, insight, and readability. A fine history!" - Arthur Schlesinger Jr. on The Unfinished Presidency

"Anyone interested in World War II could benefit from reading this book. It is accessible to general readers and worthwhile for professional historians. It summarizes recent scholarship on the subject." - Lloyd E. Ambrosius, History on The Atlantic Charter

"It is the first to intregrate properly Forrestal's life and work. . .The quality of their research and the clarity of their writing surely make their book the standard work." - Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic on Driven Patriot

Books by Douglas Brinkley:

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