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Gary Gerstle
Professor of American History, University of Cambridge

Gary Gerstle is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. His most recent book is Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present (2015).

Written by Gary Gerstle