Educated at the University of Chicago, Peffer became a Far Eastern correspondent for the New York Tribune, and lived in China for 25 years. After invitations to lecture on the Far East to various American universities, he was appointed a lecturer at Columbia University in 1937, associate professor of International Relations there in 1939, and Professor in 1943. He retired from the university in 1958.
- The white man's dilemma - climax of the age of imperialism, 1927
- China - the collapse of a civilization, 1930
- Must we fight in Asia?, 1935
- Japan and the Pacific. 1935
- The Far East, a modern history. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1958
- Who's Who in World Jewry, 1955
- 'In Memoriam: Nathaniel Peffer', Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 79, No. 3 (Sep., 1964)
- 'In Memoriam: Nathaniel Peffer'
- Works by or about Nathaniel Peffer at Internet Archive
- Works by or about Nathaniel Peffer in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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