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David Nasaw

Award-winning biographer and New York Times bestselling author of The Patriarch and Andrew Carnegie

  • About David Nasaw

    David Nasaw is the author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, a “brilliant, compelling” (The New York Times Book Review) biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, selected by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography. It is a pioneering  work that examines the life of Joseph P. Kennedy, the founder of the twentieth century’s most famous political dynasty. Drawing on never-before-published materials from archives on three continents and interviews with Kennedy family members and friends, Nasaw tells the story of a man who participated in the major events of his times: the booms and busts, the Depression and the New Deal, two world wars and the Cold War, and the birth of the New Frontier. In studying Kennedy’s life, we relive the history of the American century.

    His bestseller, Andrew Carnegie, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the recipient of the New York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and winner of the Bancroft prize for history. He is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.




  • Speaking Topics

    The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

    Andrew Carnegie: Making Millions and Giving it Away

    Rethinking Philanthropy

    Public Libraries: Past, Present, and Future

    Joseph P. Kennedy and Ethnic Politics

    Joseph P. Kennedy and Hollywood

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  • Praise for David Nasaw

    Praise for The Last Million

    A richly detailed account of what happened to the one million Holocaust survivors, former slave laborers, and POWs who found themselves in Germany at the end of WWII . . . Nasaw skillfully and movingly relates a multilayered story with implications for contemporary refugee crises. This meticulously researched history is a must-read.”

    Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

    [M]asterful…A searching, vigorously written history of an unsettled time too little known to American readers.

    Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

    [Nasaw] provides a characteristically thorough and impressively researched account of the roughly one million displaced persons who found themselves stranded in Germany after the end of the war…While delving into the weeds of political compromise and legislation, Nasaw never loses sight of the hopes and struggles of the people at the center…The Last Million showcases Nasaw’s deft handling of complexity—not only the number of global controversies that the Displaced Persons issue fed into, but the morally complex issues of.

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