Winkler, Allan M. 1945- (Allan Michael Winkler)

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Winkler, Allan M. 1945- (Allan Michael Winkler)

PERSONAL:

Born January 7, 1945, in Cincinnati, OH; son of Henry R. (a professor) and Clare (a teacher) Winkler; married Alberta Hemsley (a teacher), June 7, 1967 (divorced, 1990); married Sara J. Penhale (a librarian), May 2, 1992; children: (first marriage) Jennifer Lynn, David Vaughn. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Harvard University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1966; Columbia University, M.A., 1967; Yale University, M.Phil., 1972, Ph.D., 1974. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Running (including marathons), cross-country skiing, golf, playing guitar.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Oxford, OH. Office—Department of History, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056-1879; fax: 513-529-3224. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

U.S. Peace Corps, Washington, DC, volunteer worker in the Philippines, 1967-69; Yale University, New Haven, CT, acting instructor, 1973-74, instructor, 1974-75, assistant professor of history, 1975-78; bicentennial professor of American studies, Helsinki University, 1978-79; University of Oregon, assistant professor of history, 1979-81; University of Amsterdam, John Adams Professor of American Civilization, 1984-85; University of Oregon, Eugene, associate professor of history, 1981-86; Miami University, Oxford, OH, professor, 1986—, distinguished professor of history, 2000—, department chair, 1986-95. University of Nairobi, senior Fulbright lecturer, 1995-96; Earlham College, visiting professor in Kenya program, 1999. Yale University, organizer and administrator of Toddler Cooperative Day Care Center, 1977-78.

MEMBER:

American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, American Studies Association.

AWARDS, HONORS:

American Philosophical Society travel grant, 1977; Fulbright grant for Finland, 1978-79; Mellon fellow, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1978; fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1981-82; travel grants, American Council of Learned Societies, 1982, 1988; fellowship, Oregon Committee for the Humanities, 1984; Fulbright award for the Netherlands, 1984-85; fellow, American Council on Education, 1991-92; the book The Cold War: A History in Documents was named a notable book by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council, c. 2000.

WRITINGS:

The Politics of Propaganda: The Office of War Information, 1942-1945, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1978.

Modern America: The United States from World War II to the Present, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1985.

Home Front, USA: America during World War II, Harlan Davidson (Wheeling, IL), 1986, 2nd edition, 2000.

(With Gary Nash, Julie Jeffrey, and others) The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1986, 7th edition, Addison Wesley Longman (Lanham, MD), 2006.

(Editor) The Recent Past: Readings on America since World War II, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1989.

Life under a Cloud: American Anxiety about the Atom, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1993, revised edition, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 1999.

Cassie's War (juvenile novel), Royal Fireworks Press (Unionville, NY), 1994.

(With Andrew R.L. Cayton and Elisabeth Israels Perry) America: Pathways to the Present, Prentice Hall (Needham, MA), 1994, 5th edition, 2003.

The Cold War: A History in Documents, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2000.

Encyclopedia of American History, Volume 9: Postwar United States, 1946-1968, Facts on File (New York, NY), 2003.

Uncertain Safari: Kenyan Encounters and African Dreams, Hamilton Books (Lanham, MD), 2004.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America, Pearson & Longman (New York, NY), 2006.

The American People has also been printed in several abridged editions. Contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals.

Winkler's books have also been published in Japanese, Romanian, and Swedish.

SIDELIGHTS:

Allan M. Winkler explained that his book The Politics of Propaganda is a "study of the American propaganda effort in World War II. It deals with Franklin D. Roosevelt and his relationship with men like Archibald MacLeish, Robert Sherwood, Elmer Davis, and Milton Eisenhower—all top officials in the Office of War Information. It is a lively treatment of the effort to hammer out policy in one phase of the war—and sheds light on problems in other areas of the struggle, too."

Of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America, he later added that the "biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt is an effort to provide a short and readable assessment of one of the key figures of the twentieth century."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

African Studies Quarterly, spring, 2006, Soren Johnson, review of Uncertain Safari: Kenyan Encounters and African Dreams, p. 69.

American Quarterly, March, 1995, Jane Caputi, review of Life under a Cloud: American Anxiety about the Atom, p. 165.

Booklist, February 1, 1995, Carolyn Phelan, review of Cassie's War, p. 1005; December 15, 2000, Gilbert Taylor, review of The Cold War: A History in Documents, p. 783.

Bookwatch, June 17, 2008, review of Uncertain Safari.

Foreign Affairs, summer, 1993, Stephen E. Ambrose, review of Life under a Cloud, p. 201.

Isis, June, 1995, Gilbert Whittemore, review of Life under a Cloud, p. 355.

Journal of American History, September, 1994, Lawrence S. Wittner, review of Life under a Cloud, p. 793; March, 1995, Thomas C. Holt, review of The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, p. 1641.

New York Times, June 30, 1978, review of The Politics of Propaganda: The Office of War Information, 1942-1945.

White House Studies, winter, 2006, Robert E. Gilbert, review of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America, p. 111.

ONLINE

Miami University Web site,http://www.miami.muohio.edu/ (July 5, 2008), biographical information about the author.