David Greenberg, Asst. Professor Rutgers University




a Nixon's Shadow
  Presidential Doodles
  Calvin Coolidge

Peter Matson, Sterling Lord Literistic



  The American Presidency
  Media and Government
  Journalism, Democracy, and the Public Sphere
  The Holocaust in American Culture
  Cold War Culture
  Seminar in Recent U.S. History
  History of the News Media
  Seminar in Recent U.S. History.





Archives of Published Writings by David Greenberg

David Greenberg writes about history, politics, and media for a variety of scholarly and popular publications. He is the author of Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image and has two other books in progress: Calvin Coolidge and Presidential Doodles.

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Waving the Flag: How the Republicans Claimed the ‘Patriotism’ Mantle in Presidential Politics,” Slate, July 2, 2008.

After the Assassination: How Gene McCarthy’s Response to Bobby Kennedy’s Murder Crippled the Democrats,” Slate, June 4, 2008.

Cold Fusion: History Suggests an Obama-Clinton Ticket Could Work,” Slate, May 22, 2008.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Unplugged.” Review of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America , by Allen C. Guelzo, Slate, April 7, 2008 .

The Long Goodbye: It’s Too Early to Talk About Hillary’s Withdrawal,” Slate, March 5, 2008 .

Memo to Obama Fans: The Clinton Presidency Was Not a Failure,” Slate, February 12, 2008 .

Dog-Whistling Dixie: When Reagan Said ‘States Rights,’ He Was Talking About Race,” Slate, November 20, 2007 .

Too Good for Politics: Is Barack Obama Just Another High-Tones Liberal Doomed to Failure?Slate, November 16, 2007 .

Who’s Afraid of Socialized Medicine?Slate, October 8, 2007 .

Reagan in 100 Pages,” Slate, September 5, 2007 .

George Bush, Hegelian: The President’s Quest for a Sense of ‘History,’Slate, August 6, 2007 .

My Vote Means Nothing,” Slate, June 12, 2007 .

How Presidential Primaries Backfired,” Slate, June 11, 2007 .

Playing the Tolerance Card: How Obama Is Like JFK,” Slate, April 20, 2007 .

Not Just Camelot’s Historian: The Vibrant Scholarship of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.Slate, March 1, 2007 .

George Bush Goes to College: Should SMU Accept His Presidential Library?Slate, January 31, 2007 .

A Very Ecumenical Christmas: Why Conservatives Despise the Phrase Happy Holidays,” Slate, December 15, 2006.

The Myth of the Six-Year Itch: The Laws of History Didn't Doom the Republicans,” Slate, November 8, 2006.

How the 1927 Mississippi Flood Helped Create Big Government,” Slate, September 5, 2006.

The Lamont Question,” Slate, August 16, 2006.

Class Warfare.” Review of The History Boys , by Alan Bennett. Slate , July 24, 2006.

Richard Hofstadter: The Pundits’ Favorite Historian,” Slate, June 7, 2006.

Another Nixon Pardon: When Will Scholars Get the Chance to Legitimately Assess His Legacy in Vietnam?Slate, January24, 2006.

Rough Draft: Scholars Grapple with Bill Clinton’s Legacy,” Slate, November 14, 2005.

Supreme Court Cronyism: Bush Restarts a Long and Troubled Tradition,” Slate, October 5, 2005.

The ’60s Trap: Why Critics Ignore the Rest of Dylan’s Career,” Slate, September 23, 2005.

The Legend of the Scopes Trial: Science Didn’t Really Win,” Slate, September 8, 2005.

The Judge Wars: Borking Didn’t Start with Bork,” Slate, July 6, 2005.

Throat Clearing: Watergate Conspiracy Theories That Still Won’t Die,” Slate, June 1, 2005.

That Barnes & Noble Dream,” Slate, May 17, 2005.

Know Thy Allies: What Bush Got Wrong about Yalta,” Slate, May 10, 2005.


Newspapers [back to top]

No Respect: Hillary Clinton Deserved to End Her Campaign on Her Own Terms,” Guardian (UK), June 6, 2008.

Five Myths About the Vice Presidency,” Washington Post, June 1, 2008.

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 .

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Speeches,” New York Times, February 24, 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 .

Why Obamamania? Because He Runs as the Great White Hope,” Washington Post , January 13, 2008 .

Rudy a Lefty? Yeah, Right.” Washington Post , October 28, 2007 .

Not So Fast,” Boston Globe, July 29, 2007 .

Exorcising Nixon’s Ghost,” Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2007 .

Bush Wars: The Final Frontier,” New York Times Select , May 22, 2007 .

How Bush Stayed True to Conservatism,” New York Times Select, May 15, 2007 .

Sitting Out the Tennessee Waltz,” New York Times Select , May 8, 2007 .

In Nixon’s Tricks, Rove’s Roots and a Blueprint for Bush,” New York Times Select, May 1, 2007 .

 Our Zero-Tolerance Society,” Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2007 .

A Massachusetts Conservative, Boston Globe , February 11, 2007 .

The Goal: Admitting Failure, Without Being a Failure,” The New York Times, January 14, 2007.

Nothing Perks Up a President Like Death ,” Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2007.

At Least He’s Not Nixon,” Washington Post, December 3, 2006.

Doodle Bug,” Times of London, November 19. 2006.

Even Presidents Doodle,” Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2006.

Spin Doctors,” Review of The Greatest Story Ever Sold, by Frank Rich. Washington Post, September 24, 2006.

A Provocative Look at the Images of 9/11,” Chicago Tribune, September 10, 2006.

For Bush, Hope and Fear in Lessons of Midterms Past,” New York Times, September 3, 2006.

Party of One,” Boston Globe , July 30, 2006 . [On Joe Lieberman and the Democratic Party.]

The Choice,” Boston Globe, May 21, 2006. [On the Democrats’ foreign policy rift.]

Attack Secrets, not Leaks,” Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2005.

“The ‘Non-Political’ Nomination Game,” Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2005.

No Deal: As the Administration’s Recovery Plan for the Gulf Coast Testifies, George W. Bush Is No Franklin Roosevelt,” Boston Globe, October 2, 2005.

Mr. Nice Guy,” Boston Globe, July 24, 2005. [Supreme Court nomination of John G. Roberts.]


Magazines [back to top]

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.

Double Negative: The Return of Doughface Liberalism,” The New Republic, April 9, 2008 .

Zealots of Our Time.” Review of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, by Jacob Heilbrunn, American Prospect, March, 2008.

Why Conservatives Hate Bush,” Washington Monthly, December 2007.

It’s a Reprieve, Not a Pardon,” Washington Monthly, December 2006.

Review of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff, American Prospect, December 2006.

All the President’s Doodles: A History in Sketches,” The Atlantic Monthly, September 2006.

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.

"Beyond Deep Throat," Columbia Journalism Review, September/October 2005.

Red Parallels,” Review of The Age of Anxiety, by Haynes Johnson, American Prospect, November, 2005.

Only Yesterday.” 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.

The Watergate Papers.” The Alcalde, May/June 2005.

The Triumph of Anything Goes,” Washington Monthly, September 2004.


Journals [back to top]

“The Entwined Lives and Psyches of Richard Nixon and Alger Hiss,” Clio’s Psyche. Fall 2007.

“Richard Hofstadter Reconsidered,” Raritan . Fall 2007.

Reading the Candidates,” Dissent, Fall 2007.

“Nixon in American Memory,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, Issue 39, Spring 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.

The New Politics of Supreme Court Appointments: The Unacknowledged Role of Ideology in Naming Justices.” Daedalus. Summer, 2005.

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.


Book Chapters [back to top]

“Nixon the Statesman,” in Nixon in the World: American Foreign Policy, 1969-1977, Fredrik Logevall and Andrew Preston, eds., Oxford University Press, 2008.

The Pledge of Allegiance: Why We’re Not One Nation ‘Under God,’” in The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology, Jacob Weisberg, ed., Atlas Books, 2006.

“Nixon in American Memory,” in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon, Harry P. Jeffrey, ed. CQ Press, 2004.

“Why We’re Not One Nation ‘Under God,’” in Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader, 5th ed. Gary Goshgarian and Kathleen Krueger, eds. Longman Publishers, 2005.

“In the Shadow of the Sixties,” in Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation. Eric Liu. ed. W. W. Norton, 1994.


Reference Articles [back to top]

Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law. Roger Newman, ed. Yale University Press, 2006. Entry on “Richard M. Nixon.”

Scribner’s Dictionary of American History , Stanley I. Kutler, ed. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. Entries on “Impeachment Trial of Bill Clinton,” “9/11 Attack,” “Nixon, Resignation of,” and “Nixon Tapes.”

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).

“Media and Conservative Politics in Postwar America : A Response,” Policy History Conference , St. Louis University , St. Louis , MO , May 30, 2008 .

“Red vs. Blue—or Purple: Is America Really Polarized?,” at the symposium, “ The Hyperpartisan Era in Washington: Can Federal Bipartisanship Be Revived?” The New School, New York , NY , May 28, 2008 .

“Paths out of Dixie: A Response,” comment at the 20 th Century Politics and Society Workshop, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 17, 2008.

“George W. Bush and the War on Expertise,” for the conference “The Presidency of George W. Bush in Historical Perspective,” Princeton University , Princeton , NJ , April 12, 2008 .

“The Spinning of the President, 2008,” keynote address at the conference “Freedom of the Press,” St. Peter’s College, Jersey City , NJ , April 10, 2008 .

“Learning from Presidential Debates,” for the conference “The 2008 Road to the White House,” Hofstra University , Hempstead , NY , April 3, 2008 .

“History on the Internet,” talk at the conference “Comparing, Editing, Translating: Periodicals and Interdisciplinarity Today,” Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Annual Conference , Columbia University, New York, NY, March 28, 2008.

Calvin Coolidge’s Legacy,” National Archives, Washington DC , February 13, 2008 .

History in 1200 Words: Dumbing Down vs. Smarting Up,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC , January 6, 2008 .

Redefining Liberalism in the 1980s,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC , January 4, 2008 .




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