Jean Edward Smith (born October 13, 1932) is a biographer and the John
Professor of Political Science at Marshall University. He
is also professor emeritus at the
University of Toronto
University of Toronto after having
served as professor of political economy there for thirty-five years.
Smith is also on the faculty of the Master of American History and
Government program at Ashland University.
The winner of the 2008
Francis Parkman Prize and the 2002 finalist for
the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, Smith has been
called "today’s foremost biographer of formidable figures in
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A graduate of McKinley High School in Washington, D.C., Smith received
an A.B. from
Princeton University in 1954. While attending Princeton,
Smith was mentored under law professor and political scientist William
Professor Beaney's American Constitutional Law:
Introductory Essays & Selected Cases, became a standard text and
was widely used in university constitutional law classes for several
years. Serving in the military from 1954–1961, he rose from the rank
Second Lieutenant to Captain (RA)
US Army (Artillery). Smith served
West Berlin and Dachau, Germany. In 1964, he obtained a
the Department of Public Law and Government of Columbia University.
Smith began his teaching career as assistant professor of government
at Dartmouth College, a post he held from 1963 until 1965. He then
became a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto
in 1965 until his retirement in 1999.
Professor Smith also served as
visiting professor at several universities during his tenure at the
University of Toronto
University of Toronto and after his retirement including the Freie
Universität in Berlin, Georgetown University, the University of
Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign
Affairs, the University of California at San Diego, and Marshall
University in Huntington, West Virginia.
Smith won the 2008
Francis Parkman Prize for FDR, his 2007 biography.
He was the 2002 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or
Autobiography for Grant, his 2001 biography.
The Defense of Berlin. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
1963. (LCCN 63-17670)
The Wall as Watershed. Arlington, Virginia: Institute for Defense
Germany Beyond the Wall: People, Politics, and Prosperity. Boston:
Little, Brown, 1969.
The Papers of Lucius D. Clay: Germany, 1945-1949. (ed.) Bloomington,
Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1974.
The Evolution of
NATO with Four Plausible Threat Scenarios. (with
Steven L. Canby), Ottawa, Canada: Canada Department of National
The Conduct of American Foreign Policy Debated. (with Herbert Levine)
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1990.
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Debated. (with Herbert Levine) 1988.
The Constitution and American Foreign Policy.
Lucius D. Clay: An American Life. New York: Henry Holt and Company,
1990. (ISBN 080500999X)
George Bush's War. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1992.
John Marshall: Definer of a Nation. New York: Henry, Holt &
Company, 1996. (ISBN 080501389X)
The Face of Justice: Portraits of John Marshall. (with William H.
Gerdts, Wendell D. Garrett, Frederick S. Voss, and David B.
Dearinger), Huntington, West Virginia: Huntington Museum of Art, 2001.
Grant. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001. (ISBN 0684849267)
FDR. New York: Random House, 2007. (ISBN 9781400061211)
Eisenhower in War and Peace. New York: Random House, 2012.
Bush. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.
^ a b "Jean Edward Smith". Marshall University. Retrieved
^ "Jean Edward Smith". Ashland University. Archived from the original
on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
^ "Biography or Autobiography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Columbia
University. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
^ Biographical sketch at Georgetown University
^ Baker, Peter (July 3, 2016). "Review: 'Bush,' a Biography as
Scathing Indictment". The New York Times. Retrieved July 5,
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