Gary Dean Best is emeritus professor of history at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. A former Fulbright scholar, Best is the author of many books, including Herbert Hoover: The Post Presidential Years, 1933–1964 (1983). He has recently completed The Elder Statesman, a forthcoming volume in the six-volume biography The Life of Herbert Hoover, sponsored by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association.
Michael J. Birkner is professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Gettysburg College. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Virginia, Birkner worked as an historical administrator, a documentary editor, and as a journalist. He taught at Millersville University prior to his appointment at Gettysburg. In addition to his teaching, Birkner has written or edited seven books and served as editor of Pennsylvania History.
Fred A. Bjornstad was educated at the University of Iowa, where he studied with Ellis Hawley. His research has focused on Herbert Hoover’s effort to organize the construction industry and public works in ways that would counter the business cycle, improve urban life, and increase the rate of homeownership in the United States. Since completing his doctorate in 1991, Bjornstad has written several articles and reviews, and participated in a number of colloquia on politics and culture in the interwar years.
Regina Lee Blaszczyk is the director of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Educated at the University of Delaware, Blaszczyk was previously on the faculty of Boston University and a research fellow at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution. She is the author of the prizewinning book