Books by Ted Widmer

Released: May 14, 2013

"American history meets the "snap, crackle and pop of lively online writing" in this outstanding serialization."
Widmer, a Brown University historian, is joined by New York Times op-ed staff editors Risen and Kalogerakis in the masterful compilation of more than 100 short essays based on the award-winning Times Disunion blog (begun in 2010), which chronologically traces and reconsiders the War between the States, an event he believes still remains "a ghostly presence in American life." Read full book review >
ARK OF THE LIBERTIES by Ted Widmer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 4, 2008

"An unusual and engaging tour of the horizon of American diplomacy that should appeal to both scholarly and general audiences."
Diplomatic history of the United States, emphasizing its spiritual underpinnings as much as wars and treaties. Read full book review >
MARTIN VAN BUREN by Ted Widmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2005

"Well written and sensible—especially when Widmer notes that "it's antidemocratic to expect all of our leaders to be great." Q.E.D."
Pity poor Martin Van Buren: reviled in life, ignored in death, undistinguished enough that biographers have had a hard time finding much to say about him. Until now. Read full book review >