Geoffrey C. Ward

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A former editor of AMERICAN HERITAGE, Geoffrey Ward is an author and screenwriter of various documentaries on American history. He wrote the television mini-series The Civil War with Ken Burns and has collaborated with Burns on every documentary he has made since, including Jazz and Baseball. This work won him five Emmy Awards. The most recent Burns/Ward collaboration, The War, premiered on PBS in September 2007. In addition he co-wrote The West, of which Ken Burns was an executive producer, with fellow historian Dayton Duncan. Ward is the author or co-author of eighteen books, including five companion books to the documentaries he has written. A First-Class Temperament, his biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1962.

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October 1993

The great Louisiana bluesman made his first recordings inside Angola Penitentiary

November 1993

A fine documentary on the Great Depression, an admirable accompanying book—and a truly wretched biography

December 1993

He wrote down everything he saw in a career that stretched from the Civil War well into this century

February/March 1994

The mail he received reminds us anew of how little praise he received, and how philosophically he bore abuse

April 1994

Want to write about a famous crime? Why not start out by totally ignoring character and motive?

May/June 1994

Benedict Arnold never quite understood the cause he served superbly and then betrayed

July/August 1994

A very distant world of Puritans and the Native Americans they dispossessed, brought to complex life

September 1994

A veteran columnist who defies summarization has published a dazzling new compendium of his work

October 1994

FDR and Eleanor could do just about anything—beat a Depression, win a world war—except please each other

October 1994

WHAT HAPPENED when a historian largely indifferent to the subject set out to write the script for Ken Burns’s monumental new documentary