Caleb Carr

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Caleb Carr
Born (1955-08-02) August 2, 1955 (age 63)
Manhattan, New York, US
Occupation Historian and novelist

Caleb Carr is a military historian and novelist born August 2, 1955 in New York, New York.[1][2] Carr is the second of three sons born to Lucien Carr and Francesca Von Hartz.[3] His older brother, Simon, is a painter and his younger brother, Ethan is a landscape architect.[4]

Biography

A son of Lucien Carr, a former UPI editor and a key Beat generation figure, he was born in Manhattan and lived for much of his life on the Lower East Side.[5] He attended New York Friends Seminary, Kenyon College and New York University, earning a B.A. in military and diplomatic history. He writes frequently on military and political affairs and was a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History until 2008.

He currently resides in upstate New York on a farm estate called "Misery Mountain" in the town of Cherry Plain, New York.[6]

Screenwriter

Carr has written plays and screenplays, one of which, Bad Attitudes was made into a TV movie in 1991. He was one of the contributing screenwriters for the film prequel to The Exorcist, released as Exorcist: The Beginning, for which he received a shared story credit. He also received a shared screenplay credit on Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, which received high praise from William Peter Blatty (the author/screenwriter of The Exorcist).[7] In television, he appears on the PBS program American Experience as a guest commentator/narrator, such as on the episode of the NYC subway system, "New York Underground".

Teaching

Carr taught three semesters of military history at Bard College as a Visiting Professor. He was also a close friend and confidant of historian James Chace, with whom he collaborated on America Invulnerable: The Quest for Absolute Security from 1812 to Star Wars.

Publications

Books

Anthologies

  • 2006 The Ghosts in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes, essay contributor: "Some Analytical Genius, No Doubt" [1]
  • 2006 The Cold War: A Military History; essay contributor with James Chace: The United States, The U.N., and Korea [2]
  • 2003 What Ifs? of American History, Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been; essay contributor: William Pitt the Elder and the Avoidance of the American Revolution [3]
  • 2001 No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II; essay contributor: Poland 1939 [4]
  • 2001 What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been; essay contributor: VE Day--November 11, 1944 The Unleashing of Patton and Montgomery [5]
  • 1999 What If?: The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been; essay contributor: Napolean Wins at Waterloo [6]

Columns

  • 2003 New York Observer: Historical Context M.I.A.: Blame the Commander in Chief [7]
  • 2003 New York Observer: On Beholding Baghdad [8]
  • 2003 New York Observer: Handicapping Military Is Order of the Day; Maureen Is Feasting [9]
  • 2003 New York Observer: The Ferocious Spectacle in Baghdad [10]
  • 2003 New York Observer: Fear Subsuming Offensive Goals of War on Iraq [11]
  • 2003 New York Observer: Strategic Bombing Brings Ups Quandary of Military Ethics [12]
  • 2003 New York Observer: Trouble in Turkey, Al Qaeda Capture Intensify the Heat [13]
  • 2003 New York Observer: Bush's Conflict: Military Methods At War For Iraq [14]

Opinion pieces

  • 2015 Vanity Fair: The Frantic Media Response to San Bernadino Is Making Us Less Safe [15]
  • 2015 New York Daily News: Let Europe lead the war in Syria: History counsels caution for American troops [16]
  • 2015 Los Angeles Times: If France wants to succeed against Islamic State, it should study the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan [17]
  • 2012 Wall Street Journal: To Fiction, Through History [18]
  • 2006 Los Angeles Times: A war of escalating errors [19]
  • 2006 Los Angeles Times: Why Good Countries Fight Dirty Wars [20]
  • 2006 Washington Post: Let Them Have Their Civil War [21]
  • 2005 Washington Post: Wrong Definition For a War [22]
  • 2002 The New York Times: Costs of Targeting Civilians [23]
  • 2001 The New York Times: The Art of Knowing the Enemy [24]
  • 2001 The New York Times: Americans Don't Understand Their Heritage Is Itself a Threat [25]
  • 2001 The New York Times: The Myth of a Perfect Defense [26]
  • 2001 Salon: Information Poisoning [27]
  • 1999 Los Angeles Times: When Considering Ground Troops in Kosovo, Remember Sherman [28]
  • 1997 The New York Times: The Ramsey Case Revisited [29]
  • 1997 The New York Times: Myths and Criminal Masterminds [30]
  • 1993 The New York Times: The Humanitarian Illusion [31]
  • 1987 The New York Times: Security Precedes Credibility [32]
  • 1986 The New York Times: ABOUT MEN; An Incident of Wolves [33]
  • 1974 The New York Times: Letters to the Editor: Kissinger's 19th-Century Diplomacy [34]

Journal publications

  • 2007 "Terrorism": Why the Definition Must be Broad, World Policy Journal, Vol. 24, No.4, (Spring, 2007), pp. 47–50 [35]
  • 1996/1997 Terrorism as Warfare: The Lessons of Military History, World Policy Journal, Vol.13, No.4, (Winter, 1996/1997), pp. 1–12 [36]
  • 1995: Internationalism in the Age of Factionalism, World Policy Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, (Summer, 1995), pp. 67–70 [37]
  • 1994: The Dark Knight, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vol. 6, No. 3, (Spring, 1994), [38]
  • 1994: Aldrich Ames and the Conduct of American Intelligence, World Policy Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Fall, 1994), pp. 19–28 [39]
  • 1993: The Consequences of Somalia, World Policy Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Fall, 1993), pp. 1–4 [40]
  • 1992: The American Rommel, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vol. 4, No. 4, (Summer, 1992) [41]
  • 1990: The Troubled Genius of Oliver Cromwell, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vol. 2, No. 4, (Summer, 1990) [42]
  • 1989: The Man of Silence, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vol. 2, No. 4, (Spring, 1989) [43]
  • 1989: Poland, 1939, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vol. 2, No. 1, (Autumn, 1989) [44]

Reviews

  • 2002 The New York Times: Dealing With the Work of a Fiend [45]
  • 2000 The New York Times: Nor Any Drop to Drink [46]
  • 1993 The New York Times: James the Ripper? [47]
  • 1992 The New York Times: Should War Be Left to The Generals? [48]
  • 1992 The New York Times: Minnesota Death Trip [49]

Other

References

  1. Macintyre, Ben (October 12, 1997). "Gaslight". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (September 29, 1997). "'The Angel of Darkness': Pursuing a Mysterious Kidnapper in Old New York". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. LLC, New York Media (1994-04-04). New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Carr Talk | EW.com". www.ew.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Purdy, Matthew. "ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE WITH: Caleb Carr; Writing to Flee the Past", The New York Times, May 19, 1994. Accessed November 7, 2007. "CALEB CARR inhabits two New Yorks. There is the New York of 1994, where he lives alone in a somewhat messy Lower East Side walkup."
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  7. Bruce Westbrook, " "Dominion" director says he feels vindication with movie's release - Latest prequel on demons matches Harlin's version ," Houston Chronicle, May 21, 2005
  8. "Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Bouchercon. Retrieved June 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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