Zachary Karabell is an author and columnist, the founder of the Progress Network at New America, and president of River Twice Research and River Twice Capital. Previously, he was Head of Global Strategies at Envestnet, a publicly traded financial services firm. Prior to that, he was President of Fred Alger & Company. In addition, he ran the River Twice Fund from 2011-2013, an alternative fund that focused on sustainability. 

Educated at Columbia, Oxford, and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., Karabell has written widely on history, economics, and international relations. His most recent book was The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World, and his next book, Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power was published by Penguin Press in early 2021. He is the author of eleven previous books, including The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election (which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for best non-fiction book of the year in 2000); Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World’s Prosperity Depends On It(Simon & Schuster, 2009); and Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in the 21st Century, co-authored with Aron Cramer (Rodale 2010). He also sits on the board of New America and PEN America. In 2003, the World Economic Forum designated him a “Global Leader for Tomorrow.” 

Books in order of publication:

What’s College For?: The Struggle To Define American Higher Education – 1998

Architects of Intervention: The United States the Third World and the Cold War 1946-1962 – 1999

The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election – 2000

A Visionary Nation: Four Centuries of American Dreams and What Lies Ahead – 2001

The Generation Of Trust: Public Confidence In The U. S. Military Since Vietnam – 2002

Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal – 2003

Kennedy, Johnson, and the Quest for Justice: The Civil Rights Tapes – 2003

Chester Alan Arthur – 2004

Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence – 2007

People Of The Book: The Forgotten History Of Islam And The West – 2007
Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World’s Prosperity Depends on It – 2009

Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World – 2010

The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World – 2014

Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power – 2021