Born in Queens, I grew up in Wayne, New Jersey, and studied philosophy at McGill University in Montreal. After graduating, I drove around the country with my now-wife for four months. Since 2012, I have been affiliated with The Nation as intern, editor, and writer. I have also published essays, reviews, and articles in Slate, Raritan, The Baffler, The Boston Globe, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. My books are BREAK IT UP: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union (2020) and BOOKED: A Traveler’s Guide to Literary Locations Around the World (2019). I also write “Only United in Name,” an occasional newsletter about politics and history. I live in Brooklyn, New York, with my wife, daughter, and son.
August 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 8 mins
My guest is Richard Kreitner. His new book is "Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America's Imperfect Union." The novel and fiery thesis of Break It Up is simple: The United States has never lived up to its name—and never will. The disunionist impulse may have found its greatest expression in the Civil War, but as Break It Up shows, the seduction of secession wasn’t limited to the South or the nineteenth century. It was there at our founding and has never gone away.