Heather Cox Richardson is the author of many books about American politics, most recently the best-selling Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America.
Her daily newsletter, Letters from an American, has over a million subscribers. A chronicle of today’s political landscape, it explores what it means, and what it has meant, to be an American. The Letters, published on Substack and Facebook, are shared and quoted widely.
Her previous book, How the South Won the Civil War, was awarded the Robert M. Utley Prize from the Western History Association and named one of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction. The Guardian described it as “a broad sweep of American history on the theme of the struggle between democracy and oligarchy.”
Heather’s earlier books include To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party, published by Basic Books. Jonathan Chait named To Make Men Free one of the six books to read to understand today’s Republican Party. Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre also was published by Basic Books.
Professor of History at Boston College, Heather has written widely for popular publications and her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Quartz and Salon.com.