Kruse and Zelizer Discuss ‘Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974'

Written by
Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications
Jan. 9, 2019

Princeton faculty members Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer are well-known for their efforts to explain U.S. history and current events to the broad public.

Kruse, a professor of history, turns to Twitter to lay out the facts of history in a rapid-fire media cycle. He also occasionally takes on prevaricating online pundits.

Zelizer, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is a CNN political analyst and a noted commentator in international and national media on contemporary politics. His weekly “Politics and Polls” podcast with Sam Wang, a professor of molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, provides analysis of the latest political headlines and trends.

Now, Kruse and Zelizer have written Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, exploring the divisive domestic politics that have come to characterize the last 40 years of U.S. history. Published this week by W.W. Norton & Company, Fault Lines pinpoints the country’s entrenched political polarization to the mid-1970s, a time when Kruse and Zelizer argue multiple rifts began to occur in the social order.

Read more at News at Princeton.