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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CONFRONTING AN ISSUE AS OLD AS PUBLIC SCHOOLS Read >>
THE CRUSADE AGAINST COMIC BOOKS Read >>
WHY BASEBALL DOESN’T PLAY BY THE RULES OF BUSINESS Read >>
WE’VE SEEN IT (ALMOST) ALL BEFORE Read >>
Martin Scorsese has drawn on his own youth and his feelings about the past—and has rebuilt 1860s New York—to make a movie about the fight for American democracy. Here he tells why it is both so hard and so necessary to get history on film. Read >>
How bad is it when Presidents get really sore? Read >>
Symbol of a brave past or banner of treason? And is there perhaps another Southern standard to be raised? Read >>
A look at one of America’s most resilient prejudices Read >>
The miseries of the VP who goes after his boss’s job Read >>
Old-style politics and the death of Edgar Allan Poe Read >>
WHICH PRESIDENT WILL HISTORY COMPARE HIM MOST CLOSELY TO? Read >>
Americans won’t choose a President who chides them Read >>
Reform party movements can be pretty weird in the best of times; imagine what they might have been like in the worst Read >>
When mudslinging in Congress led to actual bloodshed Read >>
As Hillary Clinton campaigns for a New York Senate seat, she’d do well to study the career of another effective outsider Read >>
How a mass killing 150 years ago made today’s New York a better place Read >>
The English journalist has spent more than a decade preparing a book on this country’s role in the most eventful hundred years since the race began. He liked what he found enough to become an American himself. Read >>

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