An American historian specializing in the American presidency, I have taught at McGill University in Canada since 1990. This fall, I will be a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. I have written eleven books, including books on the history of American presidential campaigning, First Couples from the Trumans through the Clintons, Reagan and the 1980s, Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents, and a biography of Hillary Clinton.
My new book, The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s, just published by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martin's Press explores the history of the Clinton presidency in context, trying to understand the link between Clinton's tenure and the extraordinary cultural, political, technological, social, ideological and demographic changes during that decade. I have appeared as a political and historical commentator on most major TV networks in the United States and Canada, and my work has been published in most major newspapers, including nine essays during the 2012 campaign for the New York Times' popular "Campaign Stops." For the 2012 campaign, I edited and updated the classic encyclopedia "A History of American President Elections," originally edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and Fred Israel, and last year I was a talking head on National Geographic's popular 80s documentary mini-series.
I am also a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post and have written two books on Zionism, "Why I am A Zionist: Israel, Jewish Identity and the Challenges of Today" and, my most recent book, "Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight against Zionism-as-Racism," exploring the origins of the movement to delegitimize Israel, and the heroic stand for democracy and decency Pat Moynihan took in the UN in 1975 (before he became New York's Senator).