Paris Under the Occupation

Sartre's attempt to justify France's apparently cowardly behavior under the ...


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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.

Read Expanded Powers by Athan G. Theoharis

Jerry L. Thompson

Jerry L. Thompson is a working photographer who occasionally writes about photography. During the last three years of Walker Evans’s life he was Evans’s principal assistant and, for a time, printer of photographs. He lived with Evans off and on from late 1972 until Evans’s death in April 1975. From 1973 until 1980 he was a member of the faculty of Yale University. Thompson has also written The Last Years of Walker Evans; a book of essays, Truth and Photography; ...

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Read The Story of a Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson

Richard J. Tofel

Richard Tofel is general manager of ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom headquartered in New York and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, including the first for material not published in print.  He was formerly assistant publisher of the Wall Street Journal and, earlier, assistant managing editor as well as vice president for corporate communications and assistant general counsel of Dow Jones & Company.  More recently he was vice president and general counsel of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier president ...

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Read Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future by Richard J. Tofel

Frederick Jackson Turner

Frederick Jackson Turner was born in Portage, Wisconsin, in 1861. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and later received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.  Turner taught American history at the University of Wisconsin from 1890 to 1910, and at Harvard University from 1911 to 1924, training a great many young historians who for years influenced American history programs throughout the country. 

Read Shaping the American Character by Frederick Jackson Turner

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, is often called “the father of American literature.” His most famous works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), which many critics regard as the great American novel. Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, the setting for both these novels. As a young man he worked as a printer in the East before becoming a riverboat pilot and then heading ...

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Read Learning the Great River by Mark Twain

John Tytell

John Tytell was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1939, shortly before the Nazi invasion forced his family to flee the country. He grew up in New York City, studied at the City College of New York, and worked as a graduate reader at New York University for Leon Edel and Oscar Cargill while completing his doctoral dissertation. He also began teaching at Queens College in 1963 and has been professor of English there since 1937. Mr. Tytell has written Naked ...

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Read In Search of the Next Kick by John Tytell

Walter Vatter

Walter Vatter has worked in book publishing for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in New York and later with Ivan R. Dee in Chicago. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

Read The Genius and the Jerk by Walter Vatter

Ronald Weber

Ronald Weber is professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent books are The Lisbon Route: Entry and Escape in Nazi Europe, a History Book Club selection, and Riverwatcher, a mystery novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Read A Grand Way to Chronicle a War by Ronald Weber