December 15, 2006
Acclaimed U.S. historian and best-selling author Robert Dallek visited last week with Jordan High School students and staff. Dallek later presented a session on the American presidency to about 75 teachers at the Long Beach Unified School District’s Professional Learning Center.
"It was a great opportunity for our kids to be exposed to such a level of brilliance," said David Coop, a U.S. history teacher at Jordan, where Dallek answered students’ questions and, upon request, signed autographs. "He’s one of the great American historians," Coop said.
An expert on the American presidency, Dallek is the New York Times best-selling author of the landmark biography, An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. Dallek has authored several books on foreign policy and on presidents Lyndon Johnson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Dallek’s book, American Foreign Policy, won the prestigious Bancroft Prize. He has taught at Columbia, UCLA and Oxford universities.
Portions of the history textbooks used by local students were written by Dallek, who provides professional development sessions to teachers who use the books.