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David Eisenbach is a historian and an expert on media and politics.
Eisenbach received a B.A. in modern European history from Columbia University, an M.A. in history education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.A. and a PhD in American history from the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At Columbia he teaches courses on the U.S. presidency and media and politics. At the Manhattan School of Music he teaches the great works of Western literature and philosophy, American history, Shakespeare’s tragedies, and the culture and history of the 1960s.
Dr. Eisenbach's first book, Gay Power: An American Revolution, published in June 2006, is a history of how the gay rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s transformed American politics and society. The American Library Association named Gay Power a 2007 Stonewall honor book, and it was a finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies.
Eisenbach's second book, The Kingmakers: How the Media Threatens Our Security and Our Democracy, was co-written with Senator Mike Gravel. Publishers Weekly wrote that The Kingmakers "ought to be essential reading for all Americans."
Dr. Eisenbach was the communications director for Senator Mike Gravel's 2008 presidential election campaign.
Eisenbach is a featured expert for History Channel productions:
--- Host of the History.com web series "Vote 101;"
--- A featured historian on the Emmy Award winning TV series "Great Moments on the Campaign Trial;"
--- Host and co-writer of "The Beltway Unbuckled" (2009), a special on how the sex lives of several presidents shaped American history; and,
--- Host for the H2 Channel TV series 10 Things You Don't Know About that debuted on February 27, 2012.
David Eisenbach is referenced in the first song of Nellie McKay's first CD, "Get Away From Me." Her song "David" begins with the word "hcabnesie, hcabnesie" repeated several times. Eisenbach was one of her professors during her short stay at the Manhattan School of Music.
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