Michael G. Kammen | U.S. historian, 77
The author or editor of more than three dozen books, Mr. Kammen was awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in history for People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization. His 1986 book, A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture, earned him the Francis Parkman Prize and the Henry Adams Prize.
In People of Paradox, Mr. Kammen examined the contradictory underpinnings of American culture: idealism and materialism, the Puritan and the hedonistic, the peace-loving and war-mongering.
"For him, the doubleness of American civilization is not the result of a mingling of Old World inheritance and New World environment," wrote a reviewer in the New York Times. "Rather, the American scene itself blends the two." - L.A. Times