Richard Hofstadter (1916-1970) was the author of many classic and bestselling works of American history, among them Social Darwinism in American Thought (1944), The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It (1948), The Age of Reform (1955), and America at 1750: A Social Portrait (1971). He spent most of his career teaching at Columbia University. He was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, for The Age of Reform and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. His many books include The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics (2016); Bob Dylan In America (2011); and The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 (2008). The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln (2005) was awarded the Bancroft Prize, and he has received two Grammy nominations for his writings on music.
Hofstadter's contribution to our understanding of America's past and its relevance to the present still command attention. The current volume from the Library of America is a testament. --Pop Matters