Robert Dallek: Attacked for writing about dead presidents

Historians in the News

In his NYT review of My Way, the new biography of Hillary Clinton by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., historian Robert Dallek concluded that the book offers an unsatisfying portrait of the former first lady and would-be president.

Now the authors have taken their revenge. Van Natta told an interviewer that Dallek "is a biographer of dead presidents. We did an investigative biography of someone running for president."

Dallek is the author of books on JFK, LBJ and Nixon. For the record, his book on Nixon also concerns Henry Kissinger, who is very much alive.

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