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Eric Foner



  • Governing in Prose: Realpolitik and Idealism in Obama’s First Term

    by Eric Foner

    Eric Foner's review of the first volume of Obama's memoir focuses on the conflict between pragmatism and idealism, and concludes that the 45th President erred in offering bailouts to bankers and expecting cooperation from Republicans, mistakes that crippled his presidency and set the stage for Trump. 



  • Historian Eric Foner Disputes ‘Fake History’ Of Reconstruction Era

    Foner has dedicated much his career to correcting this mistaken notion Reconstruction was a failure through his work as an academic as well as by authoring numerous books. A professor emeritus of history at Columbia University, Foner is this year’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Lifetime Achievement winner.



  • Trump and Lincoln Are Opposite Kinds of Presidents

    When historians rank the worst presidents in American history, indecision and inaction in the face of crisis are common attributes. Until now, most of the worst served before or after the Civil War.