Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge
Author of Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government, and historian of the twentieth-century United States speaking and writing on issues of American politics, immigration, and inequality
Liberty and Coercion
Winner of the 2016 Ellis W. Hawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians, for the best book-length study of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the United States, in its domestic or international affairs, from the Civil War to the present.
"Terrific, engaging and deeply analytical. . . . An ambitious reinterpretation of American political history from the founding to the present."
–Beverly Gage in the New York Times Book Review, 01/24/2016
"Liberty and Coercion is a pitch-perfect analysis of the contradictions built into America’s federalist system. It’s serious and disciplined yet piquant, provocative, and highly readable."
–Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, 03/08/2016
"Gary Gerstle's complex book shines a light down countless twisted alleyways and switchbacks of America's past....[an] enlightening, alarming analysis."
–Elizabeth Cobbs in Times Higher Education, 01/14/2016
"Historians, politicians, and the public all seem to agree that Americans, especially when compared with their counterparts abroad, are libertarians at heart. Cambridge historian Gary Gerstle offers a provocative rejoinder to this assumption in his new history of the American state....[A] new way of thinking about the past and future of American politics."
–Best Books of 2015, Yale Center for History Enquiry and the Social Sciences, 01/25/2016
American Crucible, Updated Edition
An Updated Edition of American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century, with a new chapter, “The Age of Obama, 2000-2016,” was published by Princeton University Press in 2017.