Eugene L. Meyer


Eugene L. Meyer

Eugene L. Meyer is a veteran journalist and author with eclectic interests but with a special passion for history. He has been widely published in magazines, authored two books and was for many years a reporter and editor at the Washington Post. As both a daily deadline reporter and magazine writer, he has focused on subjects as varied as the environment, politics, sports, and legal and social issues. His work ranges from the investigative to the whimsical, from hard news to features. 


38 entries by Eugene L. Meyer

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The Fifties: An Underground History

Lesser-known figures get their due in this modest but essential chronicle.

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Black Cloud Rising: A Novel

By David Wright Faladé

Black Cloud Rising: A Novel

A thrilling fictionalized tale about a real-life Black Union soldier.

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Jason Epstein: An Appreciation

The longtime editor/publisher leaves a formidable legacy.

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A Worse Place Than Hell

By John Matteson

A Worse Place Than Hell

This laudable work is less an account of the 1862 clash than of five notable figures who served on or near the battlefield.

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Wannsee: The Road to the Final Solution

A short but powerful addition to the Holocaust canon.

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The Enduring Civil War

By Gary W. Gallagher

The Enduring Civil War

This timely collection reminds us that, in many ways, the War Between the States is still being fought.

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The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

A valuable, fresh look at a dark chapter in American history.

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Drafted: A Memoir of the ‘60s

A rollicking, smart-alecky recollection of a turbulent time in America.

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The Black Cabinet

By Jill Watts

The Black Cabinet

An ambitious but ultimately unsatisfying exploration into little-known governmental figures from the New Deal era.

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On Juneteenth

By Annette Gordon-Reed

On Juneteenth

The Pulitzer winner untangles the complicated racial history of her home state of Texas.

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The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

The fascinating account of a 15th-century bibliophile who revered hand-lettered tomes.

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A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation

This laudable work is less an account of the 1862 clash than of five notable figures who served on or near the battlefield.

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A Small Door Set in Concrete

By Ilana Hammerman; translated by Tal Haran

A Small Door Set in Concrete

A humanistic, hopeful look at what feels like an intractable conflict.

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A Guest of the Reich

By Peter Finn

A Guest of the Reich

The adventuring socialite who was held prisoner behind enemy lines.

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The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis

This timely collection reminds us that, in many ways, the War Between the States is still being fought.

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1941

By Andrew Nagorski

1941

The seeds of Nazi defeat were sown long before the Axis' surrender.

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The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

An ambitious but ultimately unsatisfying exploration into little-known governmental figures from the New Deal era.

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A Small Door Set in Concrete: One Woman’s Story of Challenging Borders in Israel/Palestine

A humanistic, hopeful look at what feels like an intractable conflict.

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Barons of the Sea

By Steven Ujifusa

Barons of the Sea

Recounting how ocean-going commerce gave rise to an American upper-class.

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1941: The Year Germany Lost the War

The seeds of Nazi defeat were sown long before the Axis' surrender.

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Tony Horwitz: An Appreciation

The bestselling historian/author passed away earlier this week.

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Author, Artist, Genius, Spy

Remembering Tony Mendez, who passed away recently at 78.

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Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts

A former New York Times executive editor tackles the (sometimes sad) state of today's media.

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Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship

Recounting how ocean-going commerce gave rise to an American upper-class.

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(((Semitism))) Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump

A sincere if incomplete account of a pernicious, age-old prejudice still in play today.

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By Bruce Henderson

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Arm

The "Ritchie Boys" finally get their due.

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Bill McPherson: An Appreciation

Recalling the writer and editor, who passed away earlier this week.

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The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill

An exploration of a little-known, unusual episode in Cold War Germany.

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E.L. Doctorow: An Appreciation

Recalling the humble, approachable literary genius

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Lincoln and the Jews: A History

By Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell

Lincoln and the Jews: A History

A well-researched, heartening look at the president's embrace of an oft-maligned people.

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All Who Go Do Not Return

By Shulem Deen

All Who Go Do Not Return

An inquisitive mind and growing skepticism brand the author a heretic in his Hasidic community.

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10 Things to Know about Your Out-of-Print Book

Never assume retired titles can’t be revived!

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Ben Bradlee: An Appreciation

Recalling a brilliant, trailblazing iconoclast.

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Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich

Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman

This dual biography by a scholar of anarchism resurrects the forgotten lives of the infamous pair who never made the leap from revolutionaries to reformers.

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Deborah Davis

Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a

A fascinating study of two men, their times and how they came to dine together in the most august of places.

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Jason Epstein: Publishing Icon, Perennial Student

Eugene L. Meyer profiles publishing icon Jason Epstein for "Columbia College Today."

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By Richard Kluger

The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America

Chronicling an interesting yet obscure moment in U.S. history.