Craig Nelson (2020) is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Rocket Men” as well as several previous books, including “Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness,” “The Age of Radiance” (a finalist for the PEN Award), “The First Heroes,” “Thomas Paine” (winner of the Henry Adams Prize) and “Let’s Get Lost” (short-listed for W.H. Smith’s Book of the Year). His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Soldier of Fortune, Salon, National Geographic, The New England Review, Popular Science, California Quarterly, Blender, Semiotext(e), Reader’s Digest and a host of other publications; he has been profiled in Variety, Interview, Publishers Weekly and Time Out.
Before turning to writing, Nelson was vice president and executive editor of Harper & Row, Hyperion and Random House, where he oversaw the publishing of 20 national best-sellers and worked with such authors as John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Lily Tomlin, Philip Glass, Rita Mae Brown, Steve Wozniak, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Alex Trebek, William Shatner, the Rolling Stones, Orson Welles, Robert Evans, David Lynch, Roseanne Barr and Barry Williams.
As a Logan fellow, Craig will work on his book, “V is for Victory: How FDR’s Men (and Two Women) Turned the Nation Upside Down to Win World War II,” which upends the conventional wisdom surrounding Franklin Roosevelt’s Oval Office tenure. The book will be published by Scribner’s.