Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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Brogan, D. W. "General Jackson: Rehabilitation." In his American Themes, pp. 219-26. New York: Harper & Brothers, n. d.

Favorable assessment of Schlesinger's history of Andrew Jackson's presidency.

Brogan, Hugh. "The Uses of American History." In Reviews in American History 15, No. 4 (December 1987): 521-26.

Review of The Cycles of American History in which Brogan praises Schlesinger's ability to present history with humor, balance, and clarity, and lauds his treatment of the themes of liberalism and presidential power.

Commager, Henry Steele. "Two Years That Shaped Our Lives." The New York Times Book Review (4 January 1959): 1, 16.

Favorable review of Schlesinger's The Coming of the New Deal.

――――――. "Should Historians Write Contemporary History?" Saturday Review XLIX, No. 7 (12 February 1966): 18-20, 47.

Questions the appropriateness and accuracy of Schlesinger's White House memoir, A Thousand Days.

Cowan, Paul. "RFK: The Official Version." The Nation (30 September 1978): 316-18, 320.

Contends that Schlesinger's Robert Kennedy and His Times is filled with information, but fails to lend insight into Kennedy's significance in American history.

Cunliffe, Marcus. "Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr." In Pastmasters: Some Essays on American Historians, edited by Marcus Cunliffe and Robin W. Winks, pp. 345-74. New York: Harper & Row, 1969.

Examines Schlesinger's theme of liberalism from his early works to The Crisis of Confidence, contending that Schlesinger's liberal bias does not usurp the credibility of his presentation of history.

Fall, Bernard B. "The American Commitment in Vietnam." Saturday Review L, No. 5 (4 February 1967): 39-41.

Review of Schlesinger's The Bitter Heritage praising his grasp of the complex history surrounding the Vietnam War.

Schneider, Robert W. "A Relative Certainty: A Modern Liberal's View of Man." Journal of American Culture 5, No. 4 (Winter 1982): 96-106.

Examines Schlesinger's conception of liberalism.

Williams, William Appleman. "Schlesinger: Right Crisis—Wrong Order." The Nation 184, No. 12 (23 March 1957): 257-60.

Contends that Schlesinger's The Crisis of the Old Order fails to take a position on Herbert Hoover's administration and unjustifiably blames the Depression on the economic collapse of the old order.


Brandon, Henry. "On Writing History." In his Conversations with Henry Brandon, pp. 40-54. London: Andre Deutsch Ltd., 1966.

Relates Schlesinger's views concerning his works and their place in modern historical scholarship.

Garraty, John A. "Political and Social Change: 1941–1968." In his Interpreting American History: Conversations with Historians, pp. 265-88. London: Macmillan, 1970.

Interview in which Schlesinger discusses his theory of political cycles, the role of the intellectual in government, and the style and ability of the American presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon.

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