Richard Kreitner was born in Queens, New York, grew up in Wayne, New Jersey, and graduated from McGill University in Montreal. A frequent contributor to The Nation magazine, he has also published articles and essays on history, politics, and culture for Slate, Salon, The Boston Globe, The Baffler, Raritan, and elsewhere. He is the author of Booked: A Traveler's Guide to Literary Locations Around the World (Black Dog & Leventhal) and of a forthcoming history of American disunion (Little, Brown and Company). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
It was a concept borrowed from the Iroquois, and one that America never quite mastered.