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Ernest May

Ernest MayErnest R. May is Charles Warren Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has been a consultant at various times to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and other agencies. He is currently a member of the DCI’s Intelligence Science Board and of the Board of Visitors of the Joint Military Intelligence College. May has been Dean of Harvard College, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Institute of Politics, and Chair of the Department of History. His publications include Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers (with Richard Neustadt); The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis (with Philip D. Zelikow); and Strange Victory: Hitler’s Conquest of France. At the Kennedy School, he is a member of the board of directors at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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The American People: A History from 1877 by Ernest May.

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