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.
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 awarded the Bancroft Prize for History, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Non-Fiction, the Ambassador Book Prize for Biography, and the Sperber Prize for Biography. Nasaw’s other publications include Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling, Children of the City: At Work and At Play, the “inspiration” for Newsies, the Disney film and musical, and Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements.
Professor Nasaw is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the current (2014-2014) president of the Society of American Historians. He received his Ph.D. degree in history from Columbia University.