Richard Kluger

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Richard Kluger (born 1934) worked as a journalist before becoming an established, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and book publisher, focusing chiefly on society, politics and history.


Kluger began his career as a journalist, working for various small newspapers, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and the New York Herald Tribune (he was its last literary editor), and magazines, including Forbes.


Kluger left journalism to serve as executive editor at Simon & Schuster and editor-in-chief at Atheneum.


Kluger has written books of fiction and social history. He is the author of six novels (and two others with his wife, Phyllis). Two of his books are National Book Award finalists, Simple Justice and The Paper (a history of the Herald Tribune). Moreover, his historical study of the American cigarette business, Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, won the Pulitzer Prize.

Most recently, Kluger has completed Seizing Destiny:How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea (2007), an extended investigation of how the current territory of the United States was amassed. The book has received mixed reviews, alternately complimenting its detailed insights into the under-reported history of this issue, and criticizing the author's alleged biases, errors, inferences and presumptions, and allegedly verbose writing style.,[1][2][3]


Kluger's writing has been described as liberal, and/or emphasizing racial-injustice perspectives.,[1][2]

In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[4]


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Alan, "The Old Frontiers" (book review of Seizing Destiny How America Grew From Sea to Shining Sea by Richard Kluger), The New Republic, May 7, 2008, key critiques excerpted at "Alan Taylor: Historian roasts journalist Richard Kluger for mistakes in a new book", The History News Network
  2. ^ a b assorted reviewers, Amazon_com Books, (book reviews of Seizing Destiny How America Grew From Sea to Shining Sea by Richard Kluger)
  3. ^ Brookhiser, Richard, "Land Grab" (book review of Seizing Destiny How America Grew From Sea to Shining Sea by Richard Kluger), New York Times, August 12, 2007
  4. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968 New York Post