Name: Adam Hochschild

Specialty: Author & Resident Journalist-Historian, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Location: Berkeley, California

All right, welcome back. “Too many Americans are indifferent to their own history and know too little about it. This ignorance makes the present more baffling than it needs to be.” That from a Washington Post review of today’s book is the perfect start for today’s episode. If you think our current political atmosphere, divisiveness and the daily onslaught of negative news is unprecedented in American history, consider the period between 1917 and 1921. A period many of us have forgotten but a time that included the first world war, widespread suppression of speech and the press, mass imprisonment, horrifying lynchings of black Americans (including black veterans), labor strikes and yes, the Spanish flu pandemic.

Our guide through this tumultuous period and today’s guest is journalist, historian and professor, Adam Hochschild. Adam is the author eleven books including his most recent, “American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis.”

It’s a fantastic book, well researched book that delivers some much-needed context and perspective as all of us try to make sense or our own times. We really enjoyed having Adam with us and hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. With that said, let’s get started…

Resources and links:

Adam Hochschild | UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Book Review: ‘American Midnight,’ by Adam Hochschild – The New York Times (

One thought on ““American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis” with historian, Adam Hochschild

  1. Very interesting podcast. Now I want to read Adam Hochschild’s book. I have a historian in my neighborhood who just taught a 5 part series on James Madison, which I attended. I would like to share this podcast with him.


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