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Alan Bullock

Alan Bullock (1914–2004) was a distinguished British historian and well-known broadcaster. He grew up in the north of England and was trained as an historian at Oxford. From 1940 to 1945 he worked in the BBC’s European Service, acting as diplomatic correspondent during the latter part of the Second World War. He then became a fellow of the New College, and in 1952 was made Censor of St. Catherine’s. Among his other books are The Liberal Tradition and The Life ...

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was a distinguished New York lawyer. He was also a member of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

Alexander Hamilton was a distinguished New York lawyer; James Madison was one of many distinguished Virginians; John Jay was also a New York lawyer with wealthy and conservative associates in his state. Both Hamilton and Madison had been members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia; Jay, with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, had negotiated the Treaty of 1783 with Great Britain that had established the independence of the United States.

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Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville was just short of twenty-six years old when he arrived in America in May 1831 with Gustave de Beaumont, his traveling companion. These two young, liberal-minded French noblemen had come on an official mission—to study the American prison system for the new French government of Louis Philippe, successor to the Bourbon dynasty which had fallen in the 1830 revolution. De Tocqueville, though, had larger aims in mind. He had in recent years turned from the study of ...

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Alfred W. McCoy

Alfred McCoy studied at Columbia, the University of California–Berkeley, and Yale, where he received a Ph.D. in the history of Southeast Asia.. He has written extensively on the region and on U.S. covert operations, including Torture and Impunity, Policing America’s Empire, A Question of Torture, and The Politics of Heroin. He is now the J. R. W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 

Read The CIA's Secret Research on Torture by Alfred W. McCoy

Ann Birstein

Ann Birstein is the author of ten books, both fiction and nonfiction, which include the novels American Children and Summer Situations; an autobiography, What I Saw at the Fair; and a biography of her father, The Rabbi on Forty-Seventh Street. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vogue, and many other publications. Her grants and honors include a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She has taught and ...

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Athan G. Theoharis

Athan Theoharis is best known for his studies of the FBI, which include The Boss; From the Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover; J. Edgar Hoover, Sex, and Crime; and Chasing Spies.  He has also written Seeds of Repression and The Quest for Absolute Security.  Mr. Theoharis is emeritus professor of history at Marquette University.

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, and a Founding Father of the United States. His scientific work with electricity made him a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, and a carriage odometer. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania. He began writing ...

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