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The Writers

Geoffrey C. Ward

Co-author of the film script and author of the companion book, The West, Geoffrey C. Ward is one of America’s foremost historical writers. He was a contributing or principal writer on nearly all of Ken Burns’s films, including The Civil War and Baseball, as well as the author/co-author of the companion books to those landmark series. Ward also served as writer or creative consultant for many of the most acclaimed films in The American Experience series on PBS, including Nixon, The Kennedys, The Donner Party and Stephen Ive’s Lindbergh.

Ward is a Franklin D. Roosevelt scholar and the author of several books on this American president, including A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt (which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and the 1990 Francis Parkman Prize awarded by the Society of American Historians), Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1905) and Constant Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Maragret Suckley. A frequent contributor of articles to popular and scholarly magazines, Ward is also the author of “The Life and Times” biography and history column in American Heritage magazine, of which he is a former editor. He is currently writing scripts for several films in Ken Burns’s biographical series, and at work on A Disposition to be Rich, a book about a 19th century swindler who was also his great-grandfather.

Dayton Duncan

Dayton R. Duncan is a writer and political consultant who has long been associated with Ken Burns’s work, having served as a consultant on both The Civil War and Baseball. Formerly a newspaper reporter, editor and editorial writer for New England papers, Duncan is well known in that region for his syndicated “Wooden Nickel” column. He is also frequently published in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune.

In politics, Duncan served as chief of staff to New Hampshire Governor Hugh Gallen; as national deputy press secretary for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign; and as press secretary to Michael Dukakis during his 1988 bid for the White House. Duncan is the author of five books on American history and politics; two children’s books on the American West will be published this fall. In addition to co-authoring the film and companion book for The West, Duncan is working with Ken Burns on his upcoming film about the explorers, Lewis and Clark. A native of Indianola, Iowa, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Duncan currently resides in Walpole, New Hampshire.

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