Charles Kaiser

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Charles Kaiser (born 1950) is an American author, journalist and academic administrator. In 2017 he was named Associate Director at the LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center at Hunter College, as well as a Grove Fellowship Program Leader. The same year he became a weekend nonfiction book critic at The Guardian US.

His book about one family in the French Resistance, The Cost of Courage (2015) received enthusiastic reviews from The Washington Post,[1] The Wall Street Journal,[2] and The Christian Science Monitor,[3] among many other publications. It also won the grand prize at the Paris Book Festival (2015).[4] In 2016 it was published in France by Seuil as Le Prix du Courage.

His blog about the media, Full Court Press, originated on the website of Radar Magazine in the fall of 2007. He continued it at the Columbia Journalism Review[5] and the Sidney Hillman Foundation[6] until the spring of 2011.

His main interests include modern French history, The New York Times, torture conducted by the Bush administration,[7] American politics,[8] the French Resistance, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles.[9]

Early life[edit]

The son of a diplomat, Philip Mayer Kaiser, he grew up in Washington, D.C., Albany, New York, Dakar, Senegal, London, England and Windsor, Connecticut. He has lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for many years.


Kaiser first started writing for The New York Times when he was an undergraduate at Columbia University. He has taught journalism at Columbia and Princeton.

Kaiser is a former reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and a former press critic for Newsweek. He has also written for The Washington Post,[10] the Los Angeles Times,[11] The New York Observer,[12] New York magazine,[13] Vanity Fair, the Columbia Journalism Review, and many other publications.


He is the author of The Cost of Courage, 1968 In America, and The Gay Metropolis. The Gay Metropolis was a Lambda Literary Award winner,[14] as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.[15] He was a memorable guest on the Colbert Report,[16] where he discussed a new edition of The Gay Metropolis. He wrote the afterword for a 2012 edition of Merle Miller's landmark work, On Being Different: What it Means to Be a Homosexual. That afterword was excerpted on the website of the New York Review of Books.[17]

In 2015 he was inducted into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Kirsch, Jonathan (2015-06-19). "Unraveling a long-suppressed mystery of French Nazi resistance". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  2. ^ Rosbottom, Ronald C. (2015-06-16). "Paris's Secret Garden". Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  3. ^ "'The Cost of Courage' profiles a heroic family of French Resistance fighters". 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
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  5. ^ "Charles Kaiser Archive - Columbia Journalism Review". Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Winners & Sinners - Columbia Journalism Review". Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  9. ^ "Review - George Harrison". Charles Kaiser. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  10. ^ "What Happened Here?". Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  11. ^ "Why Retired Military Brass Don't Want Torture". Los Angeles Times. 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  12. ^ Randi Newton (2016-11-15). "A Divorcee Toughens Up". Observer. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  13. ^ Kaiser, Charles. "The Queerest Show on Earth". Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  14. ^ "Lambda Literary". Lambda Literary. 1998-07-14. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  15. ^ George Chauncey (1997-12-30). "BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Offering the Cream of a Half-Century of Name-Brand Gay Life and Gossip". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  16. ^ "The Colbert Report - Series | Comedy Central Official Site |". 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  17. ^ "When The New York Times Came Out of the Closet | by Charles Kaiser | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books". Retrieved 2016-11-23. 

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