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Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas
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at the 2013 National Bookfest
Born Evan Welling Thomas III
(1951-04-25) April 25, 1951 (age 65)
Huntington, New York
Nationality American
Education Phillips Academy
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Virginia School of Law
Genre non-fiction; history

Evan Welling Thomas III (born April 25, 1951) is an American journalist, historian, and author. He is the author of nine books, including two New York Times bestsellers.

Thomas was born in Huntington, New York, and was raised in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. A graduate of Phillips Academy, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia School of Law, from 1991 he was a reporter, writer, and editor at Newsweek for 24 years. Prior to that, he was at Time Magazine. Thomas began his reporting career at The Bergen Record in northeastern New Jersey. He has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award in 1998.

Thomas was, for 20 years, a regular panelist on the weekly public affairs TV show Inside Washington until the show ceased production in December 2013.

He taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton between 2003 and 2014. For seven years, from 2007 to 2014, he was the Ferris Professor of Journalism in residence at Princeton.

He is the son of Anna Davis (née Robins) and Evan Welling Thomas II, an editor who worked for HarperCollins and W. W. Norton & Company. His grandfather, Norman Thomas, was a six-time Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.

He is married, and he and his wife, an attorney, are the parents of two daughters. They live in Washington, D.C.



  • The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Walter Isaacson, Evan Thomas, Simon & Schuster, 1986; Simon & Schuster, 1997.
  • The Man to See: The Life of Edward Bennett Williams. Simon & Schuster, 1992.
  • The Very Best Men: The Early Years of the CIA. Simon & Schuster, 1996.
  • Back from the Dead: How Clinton Survived the Republican Revolution. Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.
  • Robert Kennedy: His Life. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
  • John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy. Simon & Schuster, 2004.
  • Sea of Thunder: Four Naval Commanders and the Last Sea War. Simon & Schuster, 2007.
  • A Long Time Coming: The Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign and the Historic Election of Barack Obama. PublicAffairs, 2009.
  • The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898, Little, Brown and Company, 2010,
  • Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World. Little, Brown and Company, 2012.
  • Being Nixon: A Man Divided. New York: Random House, 2015.
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