Jun 18, 2019
By Andy Johnson
He was an influential historian and academic who traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal in the United States through to the 21st century. And, he was the 70-year old son of former TV News Anchor David Brinkley.
Alan Brinkley died Sunday in Manhattan from complications related to ALS.
Brinkley grew up in a house where guests included John Kennedy and Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and where politics, history and culture were all-day conversations.
He was a prominent author, National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize finalist who taught at Harvard and Columbia Universities.
Liberalism and the forces opposed to it were the themes of much of his work.