Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Richard Hofstadter, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., David Halberstam, Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, David Kennedy
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Richard Hofstadter, The Age of Reform
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Listening to rock-n-roll music, swimming, sports.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
It is important to have thick skin if you want to be an innovator.
What is your favorite quote?
"There are a lot of facets to this case, a lot of ins and outs..."—The Big Lebowski
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
So, what does history tell us about what's going on in Washington these days? The answer really depends on the day.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to learn more about the inside of power in Washington D.C., really start to understand how the institutions worked and who were the people who we didn't see as much in the media or in the history books who really shaped public policy in the 1960s and 1970s. That is how I decided to focus on Congressman Wilbur Mills.
Where do you write?
House and office.
Julian E. Zelizer; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
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