David S. Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Ambassador Book Award.  His other books include Beneath the American Renaissance(winner of the Christian Gauss Award), John Brown, AbolitionistWaking Giant: America in the Age of JacksonMightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America, and Lincoln’s Selected Writings. He is a regular book reviewer for The New York Review of BooksThe New York Times Book Review, and The Wall Street Journal.