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Eric Alterman

Eric AltermanAKA Eric R. Alterman

Born: 14-Jan-1960
Birthplace: Queens, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Columnist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Nation columnist

"He's very hard to understand," said a friend of Mr. Alterman's who did not wish to be identified. "Because he really is an unbelievable asshole and a really, really great person. He is the worst name-dropper in the world-because he only uses first names. He'll say, 'Oh, I had dinner with Paul [Newman] and Joanne last night...' He is a huge literary starfucker." [1]

[1] George Gurley, "The Avenging Alterman", The New York Observer, 13 April, 2003

Wife: (divorced)
Wife: Diana Silver (NYU research scientist, divorced)
Daughter: Eve Rose

    High School: Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, NY
    University: BA History and Government, Cornell University
    University: MA International Relations, Yale University
    University: PhD History, Stanford University
    Professor: English, Brooklyn College

    The Nation Columnist
    Rolling Stone
    Mother Jones
    World Policy Journal
    Center for American Progress Fellow
    Nation Institute Fellow
    World Policy Institute Senior Fellow
    George Orwell Award 1993
    MSNBC blogger, Altercation
    Trespassing Manchester, NH (3-Jun-2007)

    Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (13-Jul-2004)

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Author of books:
Sound and Fury: The Washington Punditocracy and the Collapse of American Politics (1992, politics)
Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy (1998, politics)
It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, biography)
What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias and the News (2003, media studies)
When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences (2004, history)
The Book on Bush: How George W. Misleads America (2004, politics)
Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America (2008, politics)
Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama (2011, politics)
The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama (2012, politics)

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