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Citadel News Service
11 Jan 2011

Award-winning biographer, historian named to Mark Clark Chair

Updated 19 January 2011

Robert Dallek to address the Corps of Cadets

Robert Dallek, one of America’s most respected authorities on the presidency and modern American history, has been named the Gen. Mark. Clark Chair of History for the spring semester. 


Robert Dallek

As a visiting professor, Dallek will teach courses on the American presidency.

The Mark Clark Chair of History was established in 1982 in honor of the 11th president of the military college and a war hero whose service in the U.S. Army spanned 40 years. During World War II, Clark was commander of Allied troops that liberated Rome in 1944.

Professor Dallek is the best-selling author of 18 books, including the “New York Times” No. 1 bestseller, “John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life,” which “Publishers Weekly” called “a riveting tour de force.” His 2007 book “Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and his biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt won the Bancroft Prize, one of the most prestigious awards given by the American historical profession. Several of his books have been named notable books of the year by the “New York Times” Book Review, including “The American Style of Foreign Policy” and his monumental, two-volume biography of former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Since earning his Ph.D. at Columbia University, Dallek has taught at some of the world’s most prestigious universities. He was a professor of history at the University of California-Los Angeles and Boston University, and he has served as a visiting professor or instructor at Columbia, Oxford, Stanford, the University of Texas and Dartmouth College. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and past-president of the Society of American Historians. Dallek is also a regular contributor to major newspapers and magazines. He has advised documentary filmmakers on topics ranging from the Vietnam War to the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and his television and radio credits include appearances on PBS’s “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” The Comedy Channel’s “The Daily Show,” and on CNN and the CBS Evening News.

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