Eric Alterman Signs Two Book Deal With Rutgers University Press 

New Brunswick, NJ (March 11, 2024) – Rutgers University Press will publish two new titles by Eric Alterman, Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College and author of the national bestseller What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the NewsAlterman has been a columnist for The Nation, The American ProspectRolling Stone, and many other publications. He is the author of twelve previous books.

The deal was negotiated by Rutgers University Press director Micah Kleit through Gary Morris at the David Black Agency and includes world and translation rights. 

Alterman’s first book with Rutgers University Press will be Good for the Jews: How the Jews Conquered America through Books, Plays, Movies, Magazines, and Jokes. In it, Alterman celebrates the influence of Jewish culture in American life and argues that–rather than only simply influencing American culture–the rich contributions of Jewish artists in the last century made American culture Jewish.  

Alterman’s second book argues with passion and persuasion for the central importance of public universities, offering a brief history of City University of New York (CUNY) as a crucible through which to see the significant ways in which public higher education has made the United States and its people better for it.

“I’m thrilled and delighted to have Eric Alterman’s books on our list,” says Micah Kleit, Rutgers University Press director. “The Press has a long history of publishing significant books on Jewish studies, especially where Jewish life and American culture intersect. We also have a high-impact list of books on higher education. Having Eric’s insights on both of these subjects will add a vital and important voice to the national conversation on culture and education, and we are grateful to have his books be part of our great publishing traditions.”

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