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Alan Brinkley : a life in history / edited by David Greenberg, Moshik Temkin, and Mason Williams

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New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]


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"Few American historians of his generation have had as much influence in both the academic and popular realms as Alan Brinkley. His debut work, the National Book Award-winning Voices of Protest, launched a storied career that considered the full spectrum of American political life--serious and original treatments of populist dissent, the role of mass media, the struggles of liberalism and conservatism, and the powers and limits of the presidency. A longtime professor at Harvard University and Columbia University, Brinkley has shaped the field of U.S. history for generations of students though his textbooks and his mentorship of some of today's foremost historians. Alan Brinkley: A Life in History brings together essays on his major works and ideas, as well as personal reminiscences from leading historians and thinkers beyond the academy whom Brinkley collaborated with, befriended, and influenced. Among the luminaries in this volume are the critic Frank Rich, the journalists Jonathan Alter and Nicholas Lemann, the biographer A. Scott Berg, and the historians Eric Foner and Lizabeth Cohen. Together, the seventeen essays that form this book chronicle the life and thought of a working historian, the development of historical scholarship in our time, and the role that history plays in our public life. At a moment when Americans are pondering the plight of their democracy, this volume offers a timely overview of a consummate student--and teacher--of the American political tradition."--Provided by publisher.
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Intro; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword: A Career in Full, by Eric Foner; Part I.A Historian's Work; 1. A Personal History, by Elly Brinkley; 2. The "Dissident Ideology" Revisited: Populism and Prescience in Voices of Protest, by Moshik Temkin; 3. The End of Reform: A Reconsideration, by Mason B. Williams; 4. After Reform: The Odyssey of American Liberalism in Liberalism and Its Discontents, by David Greenberg; 5. Objectivity and Its Discontents: Reflections on The Publisher, by Nicole Hemmer
6. The Liberal's Imagination: "The Problem of American Conservatism" Then and Now, by Jefferson Decker7. Alan Brinkley and the Revival of Political History, by Matthew Dallek; 8. Houdini, Hip-Hop, and Dystopian Literature: Alan Brinkley's Patterns of Culture, by Sharon Ann Musher; 9. The View from the Classroom, by Michael W. Flamm; 10. A Historian and His Publics, by Nicholas Lemann; Part II. Reminiscences; 11. The Lost Masterpiece, by A. Scott Berg; 12. The Skinny One with Glasses and Receding Hairline, by Nancy Weiss Malkiel; 13. Lord Root-of-the-Matter, by Jonathan Alter
14. Careers in Counterpoint, by Lizabeth Cohen15. History as a Humanizing Art, by Ira Katznelson; 16. Two Kids from Chevy Chase, by Frank Rich; Appendix: Transcript of C-SPAN's Booknotes: An Interview Between Host Brian Lamb and Alan Brinkley, August 31, 1993; Notes; Contributors; Index
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Greenberg, David, 1968- editor.
Temkin, Moshik, 1971- editor.
Williams, Mason B., editor.
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Print version: Alan Brinkley. New York : Columbia University Press, [2018] 9780231187244 (DLC) 2018025043
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