Recently elected to the executive board of the Society of American Historians, Kevin Baker is the author of AMERICA THE STORY OF US as well as five novels, including the City of Fire collection of historical novels, Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Strivers Row. He was the chief historical researcher for Harold Evan’s book The American Century, and was a longtime columnist for American Heritage magazine. He has also contributed to many other periodicals and collections, and is currently working on a social history of New York City baseball. Baker and his wife live in New York City.

President Obama is criticized for trying to do too much, but historian Kevin Baker says that America's history is full of examples of ambitious national projects (like the Transcontinental Railroad)—and we need more of that now.