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Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley, a distinguished professor of history at Rice University and Contributing Editor of American Heritage, has written more than 20 books, most recently The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America (Harper 2009) and The Reagan Diaries (HarperCollins 2007).

Brinkley earned his B.A from Ohio State University University in 1982, and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1989.

Articles by this Author

FDR's New Deal, Winter 2020 | Vol. 64, No. 1
Roosevelt felt the country needed “direct, vigorous action” to pull it out of the Depression.
CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite underwent a dramatic change of heart during the Vietnam War—and in doing so, changed the face of broadcast journalism
Picturing Alaska, Winter 2011 | Vol. 60, No. 4
On a 1947 trip up north with his son, Ansel Adams took a remarkable photograph that brought Alaska's grandeur to the American public on a large scale for the first time
Most associate Ronald Reagan with California, but he spent his formative years in the midwest. On the centennial of his birth, a handful of small Illinois towns want a share of the limelight.
Badly disguised as Indians, a rowdy group of patriotic vandals kicked a revolution into motion
TR's Wild Side, Fall 2009 | Vol. 59, No. 3
As a Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt’s attention to nature and love of animals were much in evidence, characteristics that would later help form his strong conservationist platform as president
Prime Mover, June/July 2003 | Vol. 54, No. 3
The Model T Ford made the world we live in. On the 100th anniversary of the company Henry Ford founded, his biographer Douglas Brinkley tells how.
In his last speech as President, he inaugurated the spirit of the 1960s
You’ve just written a history of America from Columbus to Clinton; what do you put on the cover?
Highway, May/June 1998 | Vol. 49, No. 3
Road Book, November 1996 | Vol. 47, No. 7
The most American of American literary genres is nearly as old as the motorcar itself
A BOLD NEW KIND OF COLLEGE COURSE BRINGS the student directly to the past, nonstop, overnight, in squalor and glory, for weeks on end