James R. Gaines

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James R. Gaines (born August 11, 1947) is a journalist and historian, the author of several books and the former managing editor of Time, People, and Life magazines. Between 2011 and 2015 was at Reuters in various capacities: as global editor-at-large, as editor in charge of the Americas, as editor in charge of global photography[1] and as global editor for ethics and standards.[2] He spent most of his career at Time Inc., where he began as a writer at People magazine and left twenty years later as corporate editor of Time Inc..[3] Between Time Inc. and Reuters, he was a consultant on magazine startups, acquisitions and digital initiatives for publishers including Conde Nast International and American Express Publishing. In 2007 he became the editor-in-chief of FLYP,[4] a biweekly multimedia publication online that produced interactive material for the web sites of Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Scientific American and ProPublica.[5] He also served as managing editor of The Daily, News Corp’s “newspaper” for tablets.[6]

He is the author of For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette and Their Revolutions (W. W. Norton, 2007);[7] Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment (HarperCollins, 2005);[8] and Wit’s End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977).[9]

Gaines began his career at Saturday Review, before moving on to Newsweek, where he was a National Affairs writer.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Gaines is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Historical Association, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Overseas Press Club, and the Online News Association.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Wit’s End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table (1977)
  • The Lives of the Piano (1981)
  • Evening in the Palace of Reason (2005)
  • For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette and Their Revolutions (2007)

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