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James S. Packer is a western history buff who grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He has written for numerous magazines including American Heritage, Smithsonian, and Family Circle, and is the author of Saints,

Packer, James S.

—Peter Padfield’s latest book about naval warfare is Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind .

Padfield, Peter

—Camille Paglia is a professor of humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her fourth book, a study of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds , was recently published.

Paglia, Camille

A MERICAN H ERITAGE is privileged not only to take part in announcing the news of the Vinland Map discovery but to publish the first extended magazine treatment of the studies that have been made of it. The

Painter, George D.

Matthew Palatnik is an Editorial Assistant at American Heritage and a third-time winner in the National History Day competition for the state of Maryland. He was also a top finalist in the national competition

Palatnik, Matthew D.

Jay Parini’s books include Robert Frost: A Life and the novel The Apprentice Lover .

Parini, Jay
Parker, Joan is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Parker, Joan
Parkman, Francis is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Parkman, Francis

Irene M. Patten is a New Englander who has taught English in secondary schools in Maine and Massachusetts.

Patten, Irene M.

Phil Patton is a writer and a journalist who primarily writes about automobiles. He is a contributing editor at Departures and Esquire magazines, and writes on automobile design for The New York Times,

Patton, Phil

Rodman W. Paul, who is prof essor of history at the California Institute of Technology, is the author of several books, including Mining Frontiers of the Far West: 1848-1880 and A Victorian Gentlewoman in

Paul, Rodman W.
Pearson, Michael is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Pearson, Michael

Author-botanist Donald Culross Peattie, born in Chicago, now lives in California. His books include A Natural History of Trees , American Heartwood and Immortal Village .

Peattie, Donald Culross
Peckham, Howard H. is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Peckham, Howard H.

Kathy Peiss is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at Penn, where she teaches courses on modern American cultural history and the history of American sexuality, women, and gender

Peiss, Kathy

James Penick, Jr. was a professor of American history at Loyola University in Chicago, and published numerous articles and books including Progressive Politics and Conservation: Ballinger-Pinchot Affair and The

Penick, James
Penland, Dane A. is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Penland, Dane A.

Otto Penzler owns the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and founded the Mysterious Press.

Penzler, Otto

Regine Pernoud was a prominent medieval historian and curator of both the Museum of the History of France and the French National Archives. She received the Grand Prize of the City of Paris.

She was the

Pernoud, Régine

Geoffrey Perret is an American historian and author who has written numerous presidential biographies and books about the American military. Perret served in the United States Army before turning to writing,

Perret, Geoffrey

Clay Perry is the author of Underground Empire , the last in a series on American caves. He is now writing an historical novel on Knox’s feat, in collaboration with John L. E. Pell.

Perry, Clay


Perry, Darby

George Perry is a British critic, author, and broadcaster, and former film editor of the London Sunday Times. He has produced more than 30 books, many on the movies, including two on Alfred Hitchcock, and his

Perry, George

Joseph E. Persico (1930 – 2014), was a military historian and biographer, who served in the U.S. Navy and worked as chief speechwriter for Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. His last book, Roosevelt's

Persico, Joseph E.

—Ralph Peters is a former military officer whose novels include The War in 2020 .

Peters, Ralph
Peterson, Audrey is member for American Heritage site since 2019.
Peterson, Audrey


Peterson, Harold L.

Pamela Petro, a free-lance writer, once spent a summer working as a chambermaid on Block Island.

Petro, Pamela

Thomas W. Pew, Jr., a free-lance writer living in Tucson, Arizona, has contributed regularly to such publications as Smithsonian Magazine, The Nation, The Progressive , and Defenders of Wildlife .

Pew,, Thomas W.

Mr. Phifer’s interest in Sam Davis began in grade school, when he read a poem about the Confederacy’s boy hero. “In 1947 it all came alive again,” he writes, “when I joined the staff of the Nashville

Phifer, James Cameron

Nathaniel Philbrick is a National Book Award winner and bestselling author of numerous books including Mayflower: A Story of Carnage, Community, and War (Viking 2006); Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Philbrick, Nathaniel

—Among Cynthia Owen Philip’s books are Wilderstein and the Suckleys: A Hudson River Legacy and Imprisoned in America: 1776 Through Attica.

Philip, Cynthia Owen

Cabell Phillips, the son-in-law of union leader Frank Keeney, retired in 1972 after twenty-seven years on the Washington staff of the New York Times . His most recent book, tentatively titled The Forties:

Phillips, Cabell
Phillips, John L. is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Phillips, John L.

Mr. Auchincloss is both a novelist and a practicing lawyer as well as president of the Museum of the City of New Tork. His newest book, called Second Chance, Tales of Two Generations , will be issued in the

Phillips, David R.

John A. Phillips, who is with the History of Consciousness program at the University of California in Santa Cruz, teaches in the field of religious studies.

Phillips, John A.

Maj. Robert Pierce, USAF (ret.), flew 160 combat missions in New Guinea. He has written and illustrated more than twenty children’s books and an as yet unpublished novel about World War II in Australia and New

Pierce, Robert

Mark Piesing is a freelance journalist and historian based in Oxford, England. He is the author of N-4 DOWN: The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia, published by Custom House Books. His work has also appeared

Piesing, Mark
Pigafetta, Antonio is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Pigafetta, Antonio

Robert E. Pike is now a writer and professor, but his respect for rivermen comes from first-hand knowledge. As a young man, he worked in various New England lumber camps. This article is based on a chapter of

Pike, Robert E.
Pitcairn, O. Fisk is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Pitcairn, O. Fisk

Mr. Pitz is the author of nine books on the subject of illustration, and his own art appears in over 160 additional volumes. A resident of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, near Chadds Ford, he is, in his own

Pitz, Henry C.

Nina Ascoly is an American writer and researcher. Bart Plantenga, half-Dutch, half-Frisian, is a novelist and radio disk jockey. Both live in Amsterdam.

Plantenga, Bart

Mr. Plowden is a New York free-lance photographer with a fine eye for vanishing Americana. This article is adapted from his new book, Farewell to Steam, just published by the Stephen Greene Press. The

Plowden, David

Sir John Harold Plumb (1911–2001) was a preeminent historian who wrote primarily on the 18th century and authored 35 books. At the start of World War II, he left Cambridge University to work at the top secret

Plumb, J. H.

The author is a professional writer and photographer living in Ireland.

Pochin Mould, Daphne D. C.

Jerald Podair is a professor of history and the Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he's taught since 1998. His research interests have focused on

Podair, Jerald
Poe, Edgar A. is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Poe, Edgar A.

Frederik Pohl’s science fiction has won virtually all the awards in the field, among them the prestigious Nebula (twice) and the Hugo (six times). He made two trips to the Soviet Union for his recently

Pohl, Frederik

Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (1958 – 2006) was a Russian journalist and human rights activist who reported on political events in Russia, in particular, the Second Chechen War (1999–2005).

Her reporting

Politkovskaya, Anna

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