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Jack Beatty

News Analyst, On Point, WBUR

Jack Beatty is On Point’s news analyst. He was a longtime senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly, which he joined in September of 1983, having previously worked as a book reviewer at Newsweek and as the literary editor of The New Republic.

Beatty is the author of “The Rascal King” (1992), a biography of the legendary Boston Mayor James Michael Curly that was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; “The World According to Peter Drucker” (1998), an intellectual biography of the social thinker and management theorist; and “Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900” (2007), a thematic history of the Gilded Age. In addition, he is the editor of “Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America” (2001), an anthology of readings on the history of the American corporation named by Business Week as one of the 10 best business books of the year. His most recent book, “The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began,” takes a closer look at the events that lead to World War I. The New Yorker called “The Lost History of 1914” “thought-provoking, and often mordantly ironic.”

He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, an Olive Branch Award from New York University, a William Allen White Award for criticism from the University of Kansas, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Born and raised in Boston, Beatty now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Recent stories

Notes From New Hampshire, #6: Bernie v. Hillary — The Electability Debate

February 08, 2016

Bill and Betty are not real New Hampshire voters. But their arguments about the Democratic race for President most certainly are.

Notes From New Hampshire, #5: Ted Cruz — The Advocate

February 08, 2016

Texas Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is an impassioned advocate, Jack Beatty writes — but mostly for himself above all others.

Notes From New Hampshire, #4: Donald Trump — You Heard It First!

February 05, 2016

Jack Beatty recounts an evening rally with Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and wonders if the billionaire businessman is really looking for an exit.

Notes From New Hampshire, #3: Jeb Bush — Cry for Me, America!

February 04, 2016

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) asked a New Hampshire audience to clap for him — and our own Jack Beatty was there to hear it.

Notes From New Hampshire, #2: Chris Christie — Reassuring Bulk

February 03, 2016

Continuing our Notes from New Hampshire series, Jack Beatty reports on the refreshing directness of Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Notes From New Hampshire, #1: Kasich — Reagan Redux?

February 01, 2016

The first in a series of New Hampshire Primary dispatches from our own news analyst Jack Beatty.

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