David E. Kaiser

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David Kaiser

David E. Kaiser, born June 7, 1947, is an American historian whose published works have covered a broad range of topics, from European Warfare to American League Baseball. He was a Professor in the Strategy and Policy Department of the Naval War College from 1990 until 2012 and has also taught at Carnegie Mellon, Williams College(2006-7 and 2012-3), and Harvard University.

Early life[edit]

The son of a diplomat, Kaiser spent his childhood in three capital cities: Washington D.C., Albany, New York, and Dakar, Senegal. He attended Harvard University, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1969. He then spent several years at Harvard University gaining a PhD in history, which he obtained in 1976. He served in the Army Reserve from 1970 to 1976.

Published works[edit]

His works include: Economic Diplomacy and the Origins of the Second World War, Postmortem: New Evidence in the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti (with William Young), Politics and War: European Conflict from Philip II to Hitler, and Epic Season: The 1948 American League Pennant Race. His book, American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War, was winner of the 2001 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (History Category). The Road to Dallas, which examined the evidence in the Kennedy Assassination was published in 2008. In December 2008 he published a collection of his blog entries History Unfolding : Crisis and Rebirth in American Life 2004-2008. His most recent work is No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War, which appeared in April 2014 and received an excellent review from Michael Beschloss in the New York Times.


In order to give current events an historical perspective, Kaiser writes on his blog History Unfolding, a post titled A historian's comments on current events, foreign and domestic.

In April 2009, a viral email comparing Barack Obama to the rise of the Third Reich was wrongly [1] attributed to Kaiser. Kaiser has stated that the email is a forgery.[1] The email does not reflect Kaiser's actual views.[2] Snopes.com [2] traced the email content to an anonymous commenter on Pat Dollard's blog. The New York Times reported on this on November 3rd, 2012 as well [3] in the form of an Op-Ed piece by a Physics/History of Science professor also named David Kaiser who has incorrectly been attributed to the essay.

External links[edit]

  • Interview with Kaiser on "New Books in History."


  1. ^ http://historyunfolding.blogspot.com/2010/02/civilization-and-self-restraint.html
  2. ^ http://historyunfolding.blogspot.com/2009_08_01_archive.html
  3. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/opinion/sunday/i-didnt-write-that.html