Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker is an author and journalist whose work frequently covers American history, culture, and sports. His three-part, “City of Fire” historical fiction trilogy—Paradise Alley, Dreamland, and Strivers Row—covers New York from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, and his latest novel, The Big Crowd, is set in the city just after World War II. He is also the author of the history, America, The Story of Us. Residing in New York City, Baker is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, and writes frequently for The New York Times and other periodicals. He is a member of the board of the Society of American Historians.

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Discovering what a particular time in Harlem says about the whole nation Read >>
Can the disasters that befell other cities help save this one? Read >>
Why Prisoners Shouldn’t Pay Their Way Read >>
Why Have Our Presidents Almost Always Stumbled After Their First Four Years? Read >>
We’ve kept Fallujah, but have we lost our souls? Read >>
It’s always been the Republicans Read >>
What history says about the new split in the AFl-CIO Read >>
…And Why You Almost Never Feel Them Coming Read >>
Defending a Recent Victim of Presidential Politics Read >>
Are we learning from the past? And are we honoring it? Read >>
What do all these baby boomers really have in common? Read >>
How should a President honor the war dead? Read >>
When does a single gaffe sink a campaign? Read >>
Internet Piracy and Dickens and Melville Read >>
Why do they usually avoid holding conventions in New York? Read >>
A Five-day Battle for New York Reveals the Birthing Pains of Our Democracy Read >>
…And The Real Secret In Strom Thurmond’s Past Read >>
Historically it has had real virtues Read >>
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE DELIVERED THE PHILIPPINES FROM TYRANNY A CENTURY AGO Read >>
OUR FIRST FIGHT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS Read >>
THE TROUBLE WITH MILITARY TRIBUNALS Read >>
LINDH WAS HARDLY THE FIRST Read >>
DID AMERICANS BEHAVE BETTER BACK THEN? Read >>
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SET ASIDE THE CONSTITUTION? Read >>
WHAT’S AN EX-PRESIDENT TO DO? Read >>
CONGRESS IS TRYING TO LEGISLATE THE HISTORY OF WHAT HAPPENED ON THE EVE OF PEARL HARBOR Read >>

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