Kevin Baker

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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.

Articles by this Contributor

September 2001

November/December 2001

WE’VE SEEN IT (ALMOST) ALL BEFORE

November/December 2001

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.

February/March 2002

OUR FIRST FIGHT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS

April/May 2002

THE TROUBLE WITH MILITARY TRIBUNALS

June/July 2002

LINDH WAS HARDLY THE FIRST

August/September 2002

DID AMERICANS BEHAVE BETTER BACK THEN?

October 2002

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SET ASIDE THE CONSTITUTION?

March 2003

A Five-day Battle for New York Reveals the Birthing Pains of Our Democracy

April/May 2003

…And The Real Secret In Strom Thurmond’s Past