I’m now the editor of www.newyorker.com and all of my posts are appearing there. Here are the latest two:
I have the great honor of having been selected as this year’s Nitze Senior Fellow at St. Mary’s College in Maryland and will be giving three lectures there this March and April. Details here.
A nice write-up of a talk I gave last week at the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.
I just got a copy of Jeff Shesol’s new book Supreme Power, an investigation into FDR’s efforts to pack the Supreme Court in 1937. (You can read a rave review from the NYT here.) Shesol’s previous book, Mutual Contempt, about the relationship between LBJ and RFK, was terrific and I used it as one of the structural models for The Hawk and the Dove, studying it whenever I needed to figure out a new way to pass the narrative baton from one character to another. The court-packing episode was important to Nitze too. He grew up a Republican, but switched to the Democratic Party in the 1930s. When Roosevelt tried to monkey with the judiciary, Nitze rejoined the GOP; but then he switched out again soon thereafter—setting a pattern that would last his lifetime.
Here is footage from a talk I gave about the book in Madison. My favorite story from this event is that one of the people in the audience walked out during the introduction and huffed, “I thought we were going to hear Nietzsche’s grandson.”