Sam Tanenhaus is a historian and journalist. The former editor (in chief) of the New York Times Book Review, he has also been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, writing feature articles on politics and culture. His books include Whittaker Chambers (shortlisted for both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize; and a national best-seller) and The Death of Conservatism (New York Times Best Seller and one of The New Yorker’s “100 Favorite Books” of 2009). His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, New Republic, Atlantic, Esquire, Newsweek, Slate, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications in the United States and abroad. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and New York University, as well as at the White House and at the Clinton, Kennedy, and Johnson Presidential libraries, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Sun Valley Writers Conference. He is currently completing a biography of William F. Buckley Jr.