David Talbot
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David Talbot

David Talbot is the New York Times-bestselling author of "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government" and "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years," as well as the national bestseller "Season of the Witch." His most recent book, "By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution," chronicles dramatic turning (and learning) points in the lives of 1960s and '70s radical leaders. Jessica Bruder, author of "Nomadland," wrote that the book "crackles with the radical energy of the 1960s and ’70s. It’s a shot in the arm of bold idealism, an indispensable companion for today’s revolutionaries that reminds us what can happen if we dare to believe in—and fight for—a better world.” Talbot coauthored "By the Light of Burning Dreams" with his sister Margaret Talbot, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of "The Entertainer," a memoir about their actor father Lyle Talbot and the golden age of Hollywood. Before starting his career as a popular historian, Talbot founded and edited Salon, the pioneering online publication, and worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, the Washington Post, the Guardian and numerous other publications, and he was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is married to author Camille Peri, who is writing a dual biography of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson. Their oldest son, Joe Talbot, directed the widely praised film, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," which won him the Best Director Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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