Bio

Bruce Kauffmann is a columnist and historian whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers nationwide, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Buffalo News, American Politics magazine, Virginia Country magazine, and The Early American Review, where his thesis on James Madison – James Madison “Godfather of the Constitution” – has long been one of the ten most visited links and is required reading in the history departments of several universities.




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Formerly, he was a speechwriter for CBS News managing editor and news anchor, Dan Rather, as well as the head writer for the CBS News radio program, “Dan Rather Reporting, News Analysis and Commentary.” In this position he won several writing awards and citations from the Writer’s Guild of America, including the Hal Terkel Memorial award for general excellence in news writing and the 1991 award for “Best Spot News Radio” writer.

A history fanatic since early childhood, he has been reading histories and biographies (“History, properly understood, is biography”) since high school.  The Second World War is of particular interest since his maternal grandfather, Major General Frank A. Allen, Jr., fought in that war and was on Dwight Eisenhower’s staff at its conclusion—becoming a great friend of Eisenhower’s and remaining so even after Ike went to the White House.

In January of 2001 he launched his history column Bruce’s History Lessons. Written to be both entertaining and informative, the column covers both well-known and little known events in American and world history.