Evan Thomas is the author of eight books: Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Struggle to Save the World (2012); The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1898 (2010), published by Little, Brown; Sea of Thunder, about the war in the Pacific (2006), a New York Times bestseller; John Paul Jones, a biography of the American revolutionary (2003), a New York Times bestseller; Robert Kennedy: His Life (2000); The Very Best Men: The Early Years of the CIA (1995); The Man to See: The Life of Edward Bennett Williams (1991); and The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (with Walter Isaacson, 1986), published by Simon and Schuster.
In 2003-04, Thomas was a visiting professor at Princeton. In 2004-05, he was a visiting professor at Harvard. In 2006-2007, he was a visiting professor at Harvard and Princeton. In the fall of 2007 he began a seven-year term at Princeton as Ferris Professor of Journalism.
Thomas was Editor at Large of Newsweek from September 2006 until he left the magazine in October 2010. He was for many years the magazine’s lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including Newsweek’s special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections, and more than a hundred cover stories.
For ten years, 1986-1996, Thomas was Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief. He was an Assistant Managing Editor from 1991 to 2006. From 1977-1986, he was a writer and editor at Time magazine. He has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award in 1998 for Newsweek’s coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In 2005, his 50,000-word narrative of the 2004 election was honored when Newsweek won a National Magazine Award for the best single topic issue.
Since 1992, Thomas has been a regular weekly panelist on the syndicated public affairs talk show, “Inside Washington.” He has appeared on numerous television shows as a commentator, including PBS’s “Charlie Rose,” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
He is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a former trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.