Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson is the author of four acclaimed books of American history, including Sacco and Vanzetti, Freedom Summer, and Bread and Roses, each published by Viking. As a frequent contributor to Smithsonian, Watson wrote more than 40 feature articles on topics ranging from eels to Ferraris to the history of Coney Island. His pieces have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Yankee, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.
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