Leon Levy Center for Biography

Jan 12, 2017

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2016 — Kai Bird has been appointed Executive Director of the Gary Giddins in this role.
Bird's work includes critical writings on the protagonists of important historical events, including the Vietnam War, Hiroshima, the Cold War, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Known for his well-regarded biographies of political figures John J. McCloy, McGeorge Bundy, and William Bundy, Bird and his co-author Martin J. Sherwin won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2006 for Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between Arabs and Israelis (2010), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
"Kai Bird's work, grounded in outstanding historical scholarship and masterfully written, makes him the ideal ambassador in and out of the academy for biography as a serious literary and historical discipline," said Shelby White, founding trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation. "His expertise writing in the political and international spheres, such as his most recent book,   
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