David Greenberg writes about history, politics, and media for a variety of scholarly and popular publications. He is the author of Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency (2016); Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image (2003); Calvin Coolidge (2006); and Presidential Doodles (2006).
.” Review of The History Boys , by Alan Bennett. Slate , July 24, 2006.
“Five Myths About Political Spin
,” Washington Post
, March 20, 2016.
“The Art of Spin: Pulling Victory from New Hampshire’s Jaws of Defeat
,” Reuters, February 11, 2016.
“Don’t Be Fooled by Trump or Sanders – There Is No Such Thing as an ‘Authentic’ Candidate
,” Los Angeles Times
, January 21, 2016.
“Why Spin Is Good for Democracy
,” New York Times
, January 14, 2016.
“A Century of Political Spin
,” Wall Street Journal
, January 8, 2016.
“A History of Errors on the Campaign Trail
,” New York Times
online (“Room for Debate”), June 3, 2015.
,” review of Being Nixon
by Evan Thomas, and One Man Against the World
, by Tim Weiner, New York Times Book Review
, July 19, 2015.
“Books on Tapes
.” Review of Chasing Shadows by Ken Hughes, and The Nixon Tapes, ed. Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter, Washington Post, August 3, 2014.
.” Review of Tip and the Gipper, by Chris Matthews. New York Times Book Review, November 24, 2013.
.” Review of Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life, by Ann Beattie, New York Times Book Review, November 20, 2011.
“Abraham to Zachary
.” Review of Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians, by Robert W. Merry, New York Times Book Review, September 30, 2012.
“Americans Gambled on Greed—and Lost
.” Review of The Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present, by Jeff Madrick, Washington Post, July 29, 2011.
.” Review of Nothing to Fear, by Adam Cohen and FDR v. The Constitution, by Burt Solomon, New York Times Book Review, January 18, 2009.
“Tribe of Scribes
.” Review of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters , by Robert Schlesinger, Washington Post , May 18, 2008 .
“The Age of Reagan
.” Review of The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, by Sean Wilentz, Los Angeles Times , May 18, 2008 .
“R, North Carolina
.” Review of Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, by William A. Link, New York Times Book Review, February 10, 2008 .
,” Review of The Greatest Story Ever Sold, by Frank Rich.Washington Post, September 24, 2006.
“Party of One
,” Boston Globe , July 30, 2006 . [On Joe Lieberman and the Democratic Party.]
,” Boston Globe, May 21, 2006. [On the Democrats’ foreign policy rift.]
“The ‘Non-Political’ Nomination Game,” Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2005.
“Mr. Nice Guy
,” Boston Globe, July 24, 2005. [Supreme Court nomination of John G. Roberts.
“A Brief History of Hating Washington
, March 2016.
“The Front-Runner Fallacy: Why the First Presidential Polls Are So Often Wrong
,” The Atlantic
, December 2015.
Review of Ronald Reagan
, by Jacob Weisberg, Yale Alumni Magazine
, March/April 2016.
“The Campus War over Israel
,” review of The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel,
Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm, eds., Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
, Summer 2015.
“Truth in Politics Now,” review of The New Censorship by Joel Simon, Censors at Work, by Robert Darnton, and 935 Lies, by Charles Lewis, The American Prospect, Winter 2015.
,” review of The Nixon Defense, by John W. Dean, The New Republic, October 27, 2014.
“Strategy and Bigotry
,” review of The Kennan Diaries, ed. by Frank Costigliola, The New Republic, April 21, 2014.
,” review of Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left, by Martin Duberman, The New Republic, March 25, 2013.
“The Romance of Realism
.” Review of Eisenhower in War and Peace, by Jean Edward Smith, The New Republic, May 24, 2012.
,” The Chronicle Review (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Section B), November 25, 2011.
“The Commentary Man
,” Review of Norman Podhoretz: A Biography, by Thomas L. Jeffers and Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right, by Benjamin Balint, Moment, September/October 2010.
,” The New Republic, September 24, 2008.
“The Other Women
.” Review of Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life, by Joseph Persico, New York Times Book Review, June 8, 2008.
“Zealots of Our Time
.” Review of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, by Jacob Heilbrunn, American Prospect, March, 2008.
“The Forgotten Image-Meister
.” A review of The Man Everybody Knew: Bruce Barton and the Making of Modern America by Richard M. Fried.The Washington Monthly April 2006.
,” Review of The Age of Anxiety, by Haynes Johnson,American Prospect, November, 2005.
.” Review of More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the New Century, by Godfrey Hodgson; and Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore, by James T. Patterson. American Prospect, October 2005.
“Lippmann vs. Mencken: Debating Democracy,” Raritan, 32:2 (Winter 2012), pp. 117-140.
“Theodore Roosevelt and the Image of Presidential Activism,” Social Research: An International Quarterly, Winter 2011.
“Beyond the Bully Pulpit: Teddy Roosevelt, Father of Spin,” Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2011.
“The Republican Flight from Reality,” Raritan, Winter 2010.
“Torchlight Parades for the Media Age: The Presidential Debates as Political Ritual,” Daedalus, Spring 2009.
“Accentuating the Negative,” Dissent, Spring 2009.
“The Idea of ‘The Liberal Media’ and Its Roots in the Civil Rights Movement,” The Sixties, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2008-09.
“The Entwined Lives and Psyches of Richard Nixon and Alger Hiss,”Clio’s Psyche. Fall 2007.
“Richard Hofstadter Reconsidered,” Raritan . Fall 2007.
Review of Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War from Kennan to Kissinger,by Bruce Kuklick. Political Science Quarterly, Spring 2007.
Review of To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance, by Richard J. Ellis. Political Science Quarterly, Spring 2006.
“Fawn Brodie and Richard Nixon: The Perils of Psychobiography,”Clio’s Psyche
. June 2006.
Review of Richard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majority , by Robert Mason. Journal of American History, December 2005.
Review of 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft, and Debs–the Election That Changed the Country, by James Chace. New-York Journal of American History, Fall 2004.
Review of The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past, by John Lewis Gaddis. New-York Journal of American History, Fall 2003.
“Richard the Bleeding Hearted.” Review of Nixon and the Environment, by J. Brooks Flippen; In Search of Deep Throat: The Greatest Political Mystery of Our Time, by Leonard Garment; President Nixon: Alone in the White House, by Richard Reeves; The Presidency of Richard Nixon, by Melvin Small; and Arrogance of Power , by Anthony Summers.Reviews in American History , March 2002.
Review of Reinventing Democrats: The Politics of Liberalismfrom Reagan to Clinton, by Kenneth Baer. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Autumn 2001.
“The Empire Strikes Out.” Review of Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War, by Frances FitzGerald, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2000.
“The Ominous Clang: Fears of Propaganda from World War I to World War II,” in Media and Politics in Modern U.S. History, Bruce Schulman and Julian Zelizer, eds., University of Pennsylvania Press. Publication scheduled for Fall, 2016, approximately 20 pages.
“The Tale of the Classified Upside-Down Cake Recipe: Harry Truman, The Press, and Executive Confidentiality in the Cold War Years,” in Civil Liberties and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman, Richard S. Kirkendall, ed. (Kirksville, Mo.: Truman State University Press, 2013), pp. 101-112.
“A New Way of Campaigning: Eisenhower, Stevenson, and the Anxieties of Television Politics,” in Liberty and Justice for All? Rethinking Politics in Cold War America, Kathleen Donohue, ed., (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), pp. 185-212.
“Do Historians Watch Enough TV? Broadcast News as a Primary Source,” in Doing Recent History, Claire Bond Potter and Renee Romano, eds., (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012), pp. 185-199.
“Nixon’s Image: A Brief History,” in A Companion to Richard M. Nixon, Melvin Small, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
“The Debate about the Debates,” in From Votes to Victory: Winning and Governing the White House in the Twenty-First Century, Meena Bose, ed. Texas A&M University Press, 2011.
“Creating Their Own Reality: The Bush Administration and Expertise in a Polarized Age,” in The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment, Julian Zelizer, ed., Princeton University Press, 2010.
“The Liberal Eclipse—and Reorientation,” in Living in the 1980s, Gil Troy and Vincent Cannato, eds. Oxford University, 2009.
“The New Republic,” Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2015.
Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law. Roger Newman, ed. Yale University Press, 2006. Entry on “Richard M. Nixon.”
Scribner’s Encyclopedia of American Lives
, Kenneth T. Jackson, ed. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1998-2002. Entries on “Katharine Graham,” “John Ehrlichman” (Vol. 5); “Richard Milhous Nixon” (Vol. 4); “Patricia Nixon” (Vol. 3); “Richard L. Strout” (Vol. 2); “Samuel J. Ervin, Jr.” (Vol. 2); “Leon Jaworski” (Vol. 1); “Dwight Macdonald” (Vol. 1).
“Excerpt: ‘Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency
,’” National Memo
, February 27, 2016.
“How a Little Girl Beat Barry Goldwater
,” Daily Beast
, February 19, 2016.
“How Teddy Roosevelt Invented Spin
,” The Atlantic
, January 24, 2016.
Review of The Heroic Heart: Greatness, Ancient and Modern
, by Tod Lindberg, Real Clear Politics
, October 12, 2015.
“It’s a Man’s World
.” Review of Jack Kennedy, by Christopher Matthews, in The Book: An Online Review at The New Republic, January 19, 2012.
“Hope, Change, Nietzsche
.” Review of Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope and the American Political Tradition, by James T. Kloppenberg, The Book: An Online Review at The New Republic, May 26, 2011.
.” Review of Woodrow Wilson, by John Milton Cooper, The Book: An Online Review at The New Republic, July 26, 2010.
,” Dissent Online, November 6, 2008.
“The Brain.” Discussion of The Angler, by Barton Gellman, Talking Points Memo, November 17-21, 2008.