Winner of both the CASEY and F.C. Lane
Awards, Pietrusza has authored or edited
over three dozen books. His Rothstein
earned him an Edgar Award nomination.
Kirkus Reviews honored his 1920 as one of
its "Best Books of 2007."
He has appeared on such media outlets as
NPR, The Fox News Channel, C-SPAN,
C-SPAN BookTV, C-SPAN American
History TV, The History Channel,
GBTV/The Blaze, ESPN, ESPN Classic,
and the Fox Sports Channel. He has served
as regular panelist on FoxNews.com Live.
As a noted presidential scholar, Pietrusza
has been selected to serve on the Siena
College Research Institute (SRI) Survey of
United States Presidents, along with such
historians as David McCullough, Douglas
Brinkley, Paul Johnson, William
Leuchtenberg, Ted Morgan, Thomas
Fleming, Joseph Persico, and Harold Holzer.
Along with such notable historians as
Richard Norton Smith, Amity Shlaes, and
Michael Kazin, he has been featured on
C-SPAN's "The Contenders" series.
Along with Jonathan Alter, James
Baker, H. W. Brands, Richard Brookhiser,
James Carville, Nancy Gibbs, David
Greenberg, Harold Holzer, Karen Hughes,
Zachary Karabell, Charles Lachman,
Libby O'Connell, Barry Paris, David
Pietrusza, Donald Ritchie, Lynda Johnson
Robb, Amity Shlaes, and Richard Norton
Smith, he has been featured on The History
Channel's "The Ultimate Guide to the
His books have been utilized as texts at
colleges such as George Washington
University, the City University of New
York, the University at Buffalo, Baylor
University, Bellevue College, the University
of Illinois, Baylor University, the University
of San Francisco, Portland State University,
the University of Central Florida, and
Queensboro Community College. His web
site has been used as a teaching tool at
Sacred Heart University.
Both his CASEY Award-winning Judge and
Jury and his Edgar Award finalist Rothstein
shattered conventional thinking and
accepted historical models.
"1920" has been part of the syllabus for the
course "Congress, The Presidency & 21st
Century Media" offered by C-SPAN, The
Cable Center and the University of Denver.
His talk on "Silent Cal's Almanack" is
included in the curriculum for the C-SPAN
Pietrusza has served as editor-in-chief of
Total Sports Publishing and as National
President of the Society for American
Baseball Research (SABR) as well as on
the Board of Trustees of the Calvin
Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
His body of historical work had garnered
media attention from such diverse outlets as
the New York Times, Newsweek, US News
& World Reports, The Washington Post,
Newsmax, NPR, C-SPAN BookTV,
C-SPAN American History TV, MSNBC,
The Fox News Channel, GBTV, the Cox
News Service, Bloomberg Radio, the New
York Daily News, the New York Post, the
Jerusalem Post, The New York Law
Journal, The New York Sun, the Louisville
Courier-Journal, the Denver Post, the
Weekly Standard, the Washington Times,
The Seattle Times, The Nashville
Tennessean, The Louisville
Courier-Journal, The Daily Caller, the
Christian Science Monitor, Roll Call, The
Raleigh News & Observer, and the Tucson
An internationally recognized expert on
American presidential elections, he has been
interviewed by Le Figaro, Le Monde,
Radio-France, Radio-France International,
Greece's To Vima, and Denmark's
Pietrusza is the Recipient of the 2011
Excellence in Arts & Letters Award of the
Alumni Association of the University at
In June 2012, in conjunction with historian
and Calvin Coolidge biographer Amity
Shlaes, Pietrusza revealed new scholarship
casting serious doubt on Coolidge's
authorship of the famed "Persistence" quote.
He has extensive experience in website
content development, having worked on
ATT's Interchange system, helped develop
the www.totalbaseball.com site (called by
Wired Magazine one of the 100 best web
sites of all time) and totalbaseballdaily.com,
and served as webmaster for several sites
including that of the Society for American
Pietrusza holds both bachelor's and
master's degrees in history from the
University at Albany and has served on the
Amsterdam (NY) City Council. He lives in
upstate New York.
He has served as a presidential debate and
election analyst on WRGB-TV
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has been called a "scholar,
author, editor, and
renaissance man" and "a
21st century Theodore
White," and "one of the
historians in the U.S."
newsweekly Human Events
says Pietrusza "knows all
things New York."
"a really, really smart guy."
"I am a big fan of David Pietrusza"
“David Pietrusza has a gift for
making the past both real and
—Richard Norton Smith
"an authority on the 1920s and
[Calvin] Coolidge . . . David
Pietrusza has brought Coolidge
back to life with his volumes about
the president . . ."
"one of the great political historians
of all time . . . absolutely a brilliant
—John Rothmann, KGO-AM (SF)
"Pietrusza is a very gifted writer
with a marvelous eye for anecdote."
"he's so smart."
—Kimberly Guilfoyle, Fox News
"a vivid writer"
—John Bicknell, Roll Call
"a great historian"
—Peter Boyles, KHOW (Denver)
"the Theodore White of our time"
" . . . a storyteller's eye for
characters and drama . . . "
" . . . an expert on New York
—WCBS-TV's Dana Tyler
"a historian who has written
eloquently about the most
interesting presidential races of the
20th century. . . . I suggest picking
up one of Pietrusza’s fine books."
—Matt K. Lewis, The Daily Caller
"Pietrusza has a wonderful ability
to transport the reader back to the
time of the events, and to infuse
drama into events the outcome of
which is well known. I don't know
how he does it."
"David Pietrusza writes history the
way that novelists strive to write
fiction. Pietrusza takes a seminal
event, introduces us to a broad,
fascinating cast of characters, and
ties together numerous stories filled
with drama and even humor to
create an exciting, addictive tale. . .
. I love the way David Pietrusza
writes history . . ."
“Pietrusza’s skills as a researcher
and a teller of tales stands out. His
works are deeply written,
informative . . . his works on these
topics have superseded all previous
works, and I predict they will stand
the test of time.”
professor of history and public
policy at the University at Albany.
"one of our favorite historians"
Coffee and Markets
"one of the United States' best
"a master at combining narrative
and contemporary quotes."
—Schenectady Daily Gazette
"a leading expert on political
science and elections"
WKRC (Cincinnati, OH)
"Like the late, great 'radical
historian' Howard Zinn on the left,
the conservative David Pietrusza is
a historian whose writing should
appeal to readers on both sides of
the political aisle. History buffs and
political junkies will enjoy his
books that give perspective to
today’s political battles."
—Ed Tant, onlineathens.com
"I love people who are excited
about history, and it is so incredibly
obvious that [he is] doing what [he]
love[s], and [he's] making it
interesting and fun. . . . I commend
WHAS (Louisville, KY)
"a prolific writer and a deep
—Paul A. Ibbetson,
KRMR (Hays, KS)
"I am big fan."
WAYY (Altoona, WI)
"[Pietrusza] has a wonderful ability
to tell us something we don't know,
something interesting but outside of
the mainstream of history."
—Presidential History Geeks blog
"I'm substantially convinced at this
point that noted presidential
historian David Pietrusza could re-
write the telephone directory and
make it sound like an adventure
—Robert N. Going,
author Honor Roll
"Pietrusza has a gift as a writer to
actually bring the reader back to
the period about which he is
writing.. . . a master story teller."
"They are light and breezy. He
manages to find sympathetic faces
in largely unsympathetic crowds
without whitewashing the major
players—and he manages to find
major players unsympathetic
without mistaking them for
interchangeable. He could keep
writing these for every American
election as far as I'm concerned,
and I'd keep reading them."
—author Marissa Lingen
"one of the most accomplished
historians in the United States."
(WGDJ, Albany, NY)
"one of our favorite—if not our
favorite—historians on planet Earth"
The Michael Koolidge Show
" He writes a great narrative that is
really readable and entertaining. . . .
one of the better story-tellers that I
have encountered in my pursuit of
history and what makes us the US."
—Dennis L. Goshorn
"Pietrusza . . . delightfully
combines the personal, the social
and the political threads with
heaping of humor."
—blogger Jowana Bueser