Fergus Bordewich

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Fergus M. Bordewich
Born (1947-11-01) November 1, 1947 (age 67)
New York City, New York City
Occupation writer, historian, editor
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater City College, New York
Columbia University
Genre history nonfiction

Fergus M. Bordewich (born November 1, 1947) is an American writer, historian, and editor based in Washington, D.C.. He is the author of six nonfiction books, including a memoir, and an illustrated children's book.[1]


Fergus Bordewich was born on November 1, 1947[2][3] in New York City and raised in Yonkers, New York.[1] As a child, he often traveled with his mother, LaVerne Madigan Bordewich, the executive director of the Association on American Indian Affairs to Native American reservations. It was these experiences that first inspired Bordewich to write about history, race issues, and the creation of the United States. Bordewich holds a degree from City College, New York, as well as a degree from Columbia University. He has traveled extensively in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East over the years. Between 1972 and 1973, he served as editor and writer of the Tehran Journal in Iran. He served as a press officer for the United Nations between 1980 and 1982, and an advisor to the New China News Agency in Beijing in 1982–1983. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.[4]

Writing career[edit]

Bordewich has written six non-fiction books, including the memoir My Mother's Ghost.[5] He has also published an illustrated children's book and edited an illustrated book of eyewitness accounts of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, The Atlantic, Harper's, New York Magazine, GEO, and Reader's Digest, amongst others. He is a contributor to Smithsonian magazine.



  • America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union[6]
  • Washington: The Making of the American Capital[7]
  • Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America
  • My Mother's Ghost[5]
  • Killing the White Man's Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century
  • Cathay: A Journey in Search of Old China

Children’s fiction[edit]

  • Peach Blossom Spring

As editor[edit]

  • Children of the Dragon


  1. ^ a b "Authors". Author page. Harper Collins Publishers. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ Fergus M. Bordewich. "Fergus M. Bordewich Revealed at Simon & Schuster". Authors.simonandschuster.ca. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  4. ^ "Speakers Profiles". Forum Network. Forum-network.org. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "non-fiction review". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz, LLC. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (May 18, 2008). "Capital Stories". Washington Post (The Washington Post). Retrieved April 24, 2012.