Robert Dallek

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Robert Dallek
Born May 16, 1934
Brooklyn, New York USA
Nationality American
Institutions
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Columbia University
Notable awards Bancroft Prize (1980)

Robert Dallek (born May 16, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York)[1] is an American historian specializing in the Presidents of the United States. He retired as a history professor at Boston University in 2004 and previously taught at Columbia University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Oxford University. As of November 2013 he teaches at Stanford University's Stanford in Washington program in Washington, D.C.[2] He won the Bancroft Prize for his 1979 book Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932–1945 as well as other awards for scholarship and teaching.

Life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, Dallek is the son of Rubin (a business-machine dealer) and Esther (Fisher) Dallek.

Dallek attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a B.A. in history in June 1955. He did graduate work at Columbia University, earning an M.A. in February 1957, and a Ph.D. in June 1964. While working on his Ph.D., he was a history instructor at Columbia.

He married Geraldine Kronmal (a policy health analyst) on August 22, 1965.

Academic career[edit]

In 1964-1994 Dallek advanced from assistant to full professor of history at the Department of History at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1966-1968 he was a graduate adviser. In 1972-1974 he served as vice-chair of the department. In 1981–1985 he was a research associate at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. In 1993 he was a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, and in 1994-1995 he was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University, which in 1995 awarded him an honorary M.A.

Since 1996 Dallek has been a visiting professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and a professor of history at Boston University. In 2004-2005 he was Montgomery Fellow and a visiting professor in the history and government departments at Dartmouth College. Since 2007 he has taught courses at Stanford University.

Dallek is a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963[edit]

In 2003 Dallek published the New York Times Bestseller An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, the first major biography of John F. Kennedy in 40 years, based on archival resources and unprecedented access to his medical records, revealing his secret struggle with major health problems, as well as his love affairs, the backstage role of his father, his appointment of his brother Robert F. Kennedy to the office of United States Attorney-General, and speculations about what he would have done about the Vietnam War if he had lived.

Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power[edit]

In 2007 Dallek published Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, which claims that they were visionaries and cynics at the same time in an attempt to explain the ups and down of their diplomatic careers. "The careers of both Nixon and Kissinger reflect the extent to which great accomplishments and public wrongdoing can spring from inner lives."

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

Journal articles[edit]

  • 'Franklin Roosevelt as world leader', The American Historical Review, 76 (1971): 1503–1513
  • 'National mood and American foreign policy: a suggestive essay', American Quarterly, 34 (1982): 229–261
  • 'Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam: the making of a tragedy', Diplomatic History, 20 (1996): 147
  • 'Tales of the tapes', Reviews in American History, 26 (1998): 333–338
  • 'John F. Kennedy's Civil Rights Quandary.' American History 38.3 (2003): 36

Essays in edited volumes[edit]

  • American perceptions of the Soviet Union, in Abbott Gleason (ed.), Cold War-Cold Peace: Soviet American Relations, 1933–1983 (Boston: Beacon Press, 1975)
  • 'Triumphant America in a shaken world', in Sanford J. Ungar (ed.), Estrangement: America and the World(New York: Oxford University Press, 1985)
  • When Presidents Become Weak, in Walter Isaacson (ed.), Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)

TV appearances[edit]

Dallek appeared on The Daily Show in July 2007. He has made numerous appearances on CNN and on public television and radio, including several on-camera comments included in the American Experience's biography, "F.D.R.."

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.encyclopedia.org
  2. ^ "Robert Dallek". Harper Collins Speakers Bureau. 

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