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2015 Book Festival Author
Harvey J. Kaye

Wisconsin author and scholar Harvey J. Kaye has published 15 books on history, politics, and ideas, the most recent of which is The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. Kaye is noted for his ability to elucidate complex issues and bring history to life.

In his talk at the Fox Cities Book Festival, Kaye will focus on the ways in which leaders like FDR helped make America and the world safer. “In my talk I will ask, ‘How do we remember FDR and the Greatest Generation?’ There are those who think we make too much of those whom we have come to call the Greatest Generation and its Greatest Leader. But I actually think we make too little of them."

He explains, "We need to remember not only that they rescued the United States from economic destruction in the Great Depression, defended it against fascism in the Second World War, and went on to turn the nation into the strongest and most prosperous country on earth, but also that they did all of that by making America freer, more equal, and more democratic.”

Kaye says he writes to cultivate historical memory and imagination. “I believe we Americans are radicals at heart,” he explains. “But we forget—or are made to forget—who we are. I want to help my fellow citizens remember.”

Next up for Kaye is a book on some very prominent historical figures, with the working title, Making America Exceptional: Washington, Lincoln, FDR—and the People.

Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In addition to his books, he has published articles and essays in an array of publications, including the Washington Post and Salon.com. He has also appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs. Kaye received his B.A. at Rutgers, his M.A. at the University of London, and his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. He lives with his wife Lorna in Green Bay, where they raised two daughters and root for the Packers.

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