About Clay Risen

Risen PhotoClay Risen is an editor at The New York Times op-ed section. Before that, he was an assistant editor at The New Republic and the founding managing editor of  the noted quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. His recent freelance work has appeared in such journals as The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post. His first book, A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination was hailed as “compelling, original history” (Peniel Joseph) and “a crucial addition to civil rights history” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). He is also the author of American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit.

4 thoughts on “About Clay Risen

  1. lynn

    May I enquire as to the name of the lobbyist who did the Civil Rights Act and the anti movement you mentioned on your appearance at Greenlight with Dr. Painter,por favor?
    Thanks for your time.
    MS. lynn chadderdon

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for the comment. The pro-Civil Rights Act lobbyist I mentioned was Clarence Mitchell; the leadership of the opposition lobbying was John Satterfield and the Coordinating Committee for Fundamental American Freedoms.

  2. Sylvan Leabman

    Good morning

    Just read your article about boutique distilleries. Our son’s Bourbon barreled Big Gin just won the gold award at the international wine and spirits competition in Europe. BIG Gin is distilled in Seattle.

    Also in completion with nine others for boutique distillery of the year.

    Thought you might find this interesting

    Thanks for your work!

    Sylvan Leabman


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