John Strausbaugh (born 1951, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American author, cultural commentator, and host of The New York Times Weekend Explorer video podcast series on New York City. Among other topics, he is an authority on the history of New York City.
His 2016 book, City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War, chronicles the localized conflicts between New York constituent groups and how their respective actions helped or hampered President Lincoln’s war effort. His most recent book, Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers during World War II, was issued by Grand Central Publishing in December 2018.
Books in order of publication:
Alone with the President (Blast Books, 1994)
E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith (Blast Books, 1995)
Rock ‘Til You Drop: The Decline from Rebellion to Nostalgia (Versso, 2003)
Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture (Tarcher, 2007)
The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village (Ecco, 2013)
City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War (Twelve, 2016)
Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers during World War II (Twelve, 2018)