Gil Troy (born 1961) is an American presidential historian and a
popular commentator on politics and other issues. He is Professor of
McGill University and a 2015 visiting scholar at the
Brookings Institution. Troy is the author of nine books, and the
editor of two. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The
New Republic and other major media outlets. He writes a column for The
Daily Beast on Forgotten history, putting current events in
historical perspective and is a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.
2 Academic career
3 Zionist activism
4 Personal life
5 Published works
7 External links
Troy was born in Queens, New York. He is the brother of Dan Troy
and Tevi David Troy. He attended Jamaica High School, and received
his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctorate from Harvard
Troy taught history and literature at
Harvard University from 1988 to
1990. He has taught history at
McGill University since 1990. Troy has
authored seven books on the American presidency and the history of
presidential campaigning, including biographies of
Ronald Reagan and
Hillary Clinton, and edited two others, including a revised edition of
a comprehensive reference guide to American presidential elections
previously edited by noted historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.. He
has written numerous articles on the presidency and presidential
elections that have appeared in The New York Times, The Wilson
Quarterly, and other newspapers, magazines and journals. He has served
as Visiting Scholar at the
Bipartisan Policy Center
Bipartisan Policy Center and on the
Advisory Board of the History News Network. The History News Network
designated him one of the first "top young historians," and
Maclean's Magazine has repeatedly identified him as one of McGill's
Troy is a prominent activist in the debate over Zionism and the future
of Israel. He has been a Shalom Hartman Center Research Fellow and
helped found the center's Engaging Israel Program. His articles on the
subject have appeared in
The New Republic
The New Republic and elsewhere, and he has
written two books, Why I am a Zionist and Moynihan's Moment: America's
Fight Against Zionism as Racism, which David G. Dalin, writing in the
National Review, called "beautifully written, and rich in its insight
and analysis ... the definitive account of this episode and of
why its legacy is an enduring one." Jewish Ideas Daily designated
Moynihan's Moment one of its "best books" of 2012, it was the winner
of a 2014 J.I. Segal Award in the category of English Non-Fiction
Award on a Jewish Theme, and his article "Democracy, Judaism, and War"
won a 2014
Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Single
Troy is married to lawyer Linda Adams, daughter of Canadian real
estate investor Marcel Adams.
The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s. St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism. Oxford
University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-992030-3
History of American Presidential Elections 1789–2008. (4th edition,
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.,
Gil Troy & Fred L. Israel, editors).
Facts on File, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8160-8220-9
Living in the Eighties. (
Gil Troy & Vincent J. Cannato, editors).
Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-518787-8
The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University
Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-531710-7
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady. University Press of
Kansas, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7006-1585-8
Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents. Basic
Books, 2008. ISBN 0-465-00293-5 (In paperback: Why Moderates Make
the Best Presidents: From George Washington to Barack Obama.
University Press of Kansas, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7006-1883-5)
Morning in America: How
Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s. Princeton
University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-691-13060-6
Why I Am a Zionist: Israel, Jewish Identity and the Challenges of
Today. Bronfman Jewish Education Center, 2002.
Affairs of State: The Rise and Rejection of the Presidential Couple
Since World War II. Free Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0-684-82820-6. (In
paperback: Mr. & Mrs. President: From the Trumans to the Clintons.
University Press of Kansas, 2000. ISBN 978-0-7006-1034-1)
See How They Ran: The Changing Role of the Presidential Candidate.
(Revised and expanded edition.)
Harvard University Press, 1996.
"Campaign Stops" columns in
The New York Times
The New York Times 
"Center Field" columns in
The Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Post 
"Open Zion" blogs on
The Daily Beast 
"The Campaign Triumphant," "Bury the Hatchet" and "Money and Politics:
The Oldest Connection" in
The Wilson Quarterly
The Wilson Quarterly 
"No, Israel Isn't Turning into an Iran-Style Theocracy" in The New
^ Troy, Gil. "Gil Troy". DailyBeast.com. The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10
^ Zeveloff, Julie. "GSK Snags Former FDA General Counsel Dan Troy".
Law360.com. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
^ "Hudson Institute". hudson.org. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
^ HNN, Editor. "Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady by Gil
Troy". Historynewsnetwork.org. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
David G. Dalin (11 February 2013). "A Man Standing". The National
Review. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
^ "The 34th Annual
Simon Rockower Award Winners". www.ajpa.org.
Retrieved 10 September 2015.
^ The Press Reader: "Billionaire
Marcel Adams Cultivates Israeli
Brainpower" May 2, 2010
Moynihan's Moment book site
Moynihan's Moment video
Gil Troy on Facebook
Moynihan's Moment on Facebook
The New York Times
The New York Times "Campaign Stops" columns by Gil Troy
The Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Post "Center Field" columns by Gil Troy
The Daily Beast "Open Zion" blogs by Gil Troy
Age of Clinton book site
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