Sam Tanenhaus

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Sam Tanenhaus
Born (1955-10-31) October 31, 1955 (age 68)
EducationB.A., Grinnell College (1977)
M.A., Yale University (1978)

Sam Tanenhaus (born October 31, 1955) is an American historian, biographer, and journalist. He currently is a writer for Prospect.[1]

Early years[edit]

Tanenhaus received his B.A. in English from Grinnell College in 1977 and a M.A. in English Literature from Yale University in 1978. His siblings include psycholinguist Michael Tanenhaus, filmmaker Beth Tanenhaus Winsten, and legal historian David S. Tanenhaus.[citation needed]


External videos
video icon Part one of Booknotes interview with Tanenhaus on Whittaker Chambers, February 23, 1997, C-SPAN
video icon Part two of Booknotes interview, March 2, 1997, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Tanenhaus on Whittaker Chambers, March 18, 1997, C-SPAN

Tanenhaus was an assistant editor at The New York Times from 1997 to 1999, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair from 1999 until 2004. From April 2004[2] to April 2013 he served as the editor of The New York Times Book Review.[3][4][5] He has written many featured articles for that publication, including a 10-year retrospective on the politics of radical centrism.[6] His 1997 biography of Whittaker Chambers won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a finalist for both the National Book Award for Nonfiction[7] and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.[8] Since 2019, Tanenhaus has been a visiting professor at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses on American politics and media studies.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Tanenhaus formerly lived in Tarrytown, New York with his wife.[10] Currently, he resides in Essex, Connecticut.[11]


  • Tanenhaus, Sam (1986). Literature Unbound. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-33297-0.
  • Tanenhaus, Sam (1988). Louis Armstrong. Black Americans of Achievement. Chelsea House Publications. ISBN 0-7910-0221-7.
  • Tanenhaus, Sam (1995). Old Greenwich Village: An Architectural Portrait. Gross, Steve (Photographer). Wiley, John & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-14405-3.
  • Tanenhaus, Sam (1997). Whittaker Chambers: A Biography. Modern Library. ISBN 0-375-75145-9.
  • Tanenhaus, Sam (2009). The Death of Conservatism. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4000-6884-5.


  1. ^ About Us
  2. ^ "NYT memo on Schacter's new position". March 12, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  3. ^ "Pamela Paul is named New York Times Book Review editor". April 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  4. ^ "Sam Tanenhaus". City University of New York. Archived from the original on 2008-06-08.
  5. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (March 11, 2009). "Random House Signs Up a Little Sam Tanenhaus Book on the Future of Conservatism". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on March 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  6. ^ Tanenhaus, Sam (14 April 2010). "The Radical Center: The History of an Idea". The New York Times Book Review.
  7. ^ "National Book Awards – 1997". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  8. ^ "Biography or Autobiography". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  9. ^ "St. Michael's Welcomes Sam Tanenhaus as Visiting Professor". University of St. Michael's College. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  10. ^ Noah Charney (August 8, 2012). "Inside the NYT Book Review: 'How I Write' Interviews Sam Tanenhaus". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  11. ^ "Former New York Times Book Review editor to speak in Essex".

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