Arthur Schlesinger Jr — Remembered in Video


Amer­i­ca lost last night one of its most promi­nent his­to­ri­ans. A for­mer Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sor, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was award­ed the Pulitzer Prize twice and wrote author­i­ta­tive his­to­ries of Andrew Jack­son and Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt. Also rather unusu­al­ly for a his­to­ri­an, he ran in elite polit­i­cal cir­cles. Indeed he served in JFK’s White House and had a close rela­tion­ship with Robert Kennedy. You can read the full New York Times obit here. Below you can also revis­it an inter­view with Char­lie Rose where the his­to­ri­an talks a good deal about his life and mem­oir. (PS. Here is Arthur Schlesinger appear­ing on Fresh Air in 2002 and talk­ing about the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis, some­thing that he wrote a lot about.)

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