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Author, Political Animals: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics
Rick Shenkman is the author of Political Animals: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics (Basic Books, 2016). He is the editor and founder of the History News Network, the website that features articles by historians writing about current events. He can regularly be seen on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. He is a New York Times best-selling author of seven history books, including Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History and Presidential Ambition: How the Presidents Gained Power, Kept Power and Got Things Done (HarperCollins, 1999).
Educated at Vassar and Harvard, Shenkman is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter and the former managing editor of KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle. In 1997, he was the host, writer and producer of a primetime series for The Learning Channel inspired by his books on myths. In 2008, he was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He gives lectures at colleges around the country on several topics, including American myths and presidential politics.