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.

Articles by this Contributor

December 1994

In a sordid new biography, the great blues singer’s life has eclipsed her art

February/March 1995

Three new studies offer important glimpses into a subject whose significance never dwindles

April 1995

He had a long, intimate friendship that stayed unknown for almost half a century after his death

July/August 1995

A luminously written inquiry into the history of one man’s family turns out to be about all of us

September 1995

How a half-dozen pillars of the community became infatuated with the idea of shedding (someone else’s) blood

October 1995

Polio’s legacy to those who survived it includes uncommon stamina and courage—and one grim new joke

October 1995

An Argentinian Artist Looks at America’s Music

November 1995

William Fletcher went off to war with surprisingly few illusions, and nothing he saw there gave him new ones

December 1995

Three movies newly available on video cast a cold—and occasionally even scornful—eye on their subjects

November 1999

THE SCREENWRITER discovered that one of his subjects had composed a little-known testament that deserves a place in our highest literary canon