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Clay Risen

Biography

Clay Risen

Clay Risen has covered spirits and beer for the Atlantic website since 2009. He was formerly the managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and in 2011 he became an editor of the Op-Ed section of the New York Times. He has published in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Inc., among many other publications. He is also the author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination (Wiley).

Clay Risen

Books by Clay Risen

by Clay Risen - American, History, Law

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the single most important piece of legislation passed by Congress in American history. The bill's passage has often been credited to the political leadership of President Lyndon Johnson, or the moral force of Martin Luther King. Yet as Clay Risen shows, the battle for the Civil Rights Act was a story much bigger than those two men. It was a broad, epic struggle, a sweeping tale of unceasing grassroots activism, ringing speeches, backroom deal-making and finally, hand-to-hand legislative combat.

by Clay Risen - Wine

The number of commercially available American whiskeys has grown exponentially over the past 20 years-as has its popularity. Discerning drinkers will savor this, the only guide devoted solely to US-made whiskey, rye, and bourbon.