Kai Bird

Contributing Editor

Kai Bird is the director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography. He was an Assistant Editor at The Nation from 1978-82 and later a columnist. In 2006 he won the Pulitzer Prize with Martin J. Sherwin for their biography, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer—the inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming feature, Oppenheimer.

The Hebrew Republic The Hebrew Republic

Ongoing conflict in the Middle East continually reinforces tribalism, religiosity and messianic Zionism.

Apr 21, 2010 / Books & the Arts / Kai Bird

Bin Laden’s Nuclear Connection Bin Laden’s Nuclear Connection

If America had agreed to a nuclear-free world, we wouldn't face threats today.

Apr 7, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Martin J. Sherwin and Kai Bird

A Foreign Policy for the Common Citizen A Foreign Policy for the Common Citizen

A quarter-century after the end of the Vietnam War, and eleven years after the collapse of the Berlin wall, it has become commonplace to say that we Americans have no consensus o...

Apr 20, 2000 / Feature / Kai Bird

Another Course in Kosovo Another Course in Kosovo

There are principled differences within the progressive community about the war in Yugoslavia, including the use of ground troops.

May 27, 1999 / Editorial / Kai Bird

False History Lessons False History Lessons

Confronted with the inexplicable, policy-makers and pundits alike grope for the apt historical analogy. It's a natural human reaction.

Apr 8, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Kai Bird