Joshua Zeitz

Joshua Zeitz is an author, historian, and a 2008 candidate for New Jersey's 4th District in the House of Representatives. After earning his Ph.D. from Brown University in American History, Zeitz wrote two books: Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, and White Ethnic New York: Jews, Catholics, and the Shaping of Postwar Politics.

In addition, Zeitz has lectured at Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Rutgers University, and frequently contributes to academic publications.


Joshua Michael Zeitz (born 1974) is an American historian. He is the author of several books on American political and social history and has written for the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesThe New RepublicThe AtlanticDissent, and American Heritage. Zeitz appeared as a commentator on two PBS documentaries – Boomer Century, and Ken Burns' Prohibition — and has commented on public policy matters on CNBC and CNN International. He has held faculty positions at HarvardCambridge and Princeton and is the author of four books.

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John Nicolay and John Hay were Lincoln’s two closest aides in the White House, and helped to craft the image of the President we have today. Read >>
Viewing a transformation that still affects all of us—through the prism of a single year Read >>
What’s going to happen when the most prosperous, best-educated generation in history finally grows up? (And just how special are the baby boomers?) Read >>
The Republican party ensured a landslide defeat when it nominated Barry Goldwater in 1964, but the Democrats did far more lasting damage to themselves at their convention that year. In fact, they still haven’t recovered. Read >>
Why the UN was in trouble from the start Read >>
The old Confederacy got only as far north as Pennsylvania, but its great-grandchildren have captured America’s culture. Joshua Zeitz looks at sports, entertainment, and religion to show how. Read >>
Facing a nearly invisible enemy, we all may be subjected to new kinds of government scrutiny. But past wars suggest the final result may be greater freedom. Read >>
For the first time in a generation, student activism is on the rise. Do these new protesters have anything like the zeal, the conviction, and the clout of their famous 1960s predecessors? Read >>

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