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Charles Kaiser

Award-winning Author & Journalist; Expert on the Media, Politics, the 1960s, and Gay Life in America

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Charles Kaiser Biography

Charles Kaiser is an expert on the media, politics, the 1960s, and gay life in America through his three-decade career as a journalist and author. He is a former reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and was the press critic at Newsweek. He is the author of The Gay Metropolis, the landmark history of gay life in America (Lambda Literary Award winner), 1968 in America, and wrote the afterword to the recently republished seminal gay essay, On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller. Kaiser has appeared on The Colbert Report, NBC’s Today Show, Charlie Rose, the PBS documentary The Sixties, The Rachel Maddow Report, and VH1’s Behind the Music. A sought-after keynote speaker, Kaiser has spoken at Yale University, Aetna Diversity Day, the annual convention of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and is ideal for college campuses, arts and lecture venues, and libraries.

Kaiser started writing for the New York Times while still an undergraduate at Columbia College. He spent five years there as a reporter on the Metro staff, covering City Hall, the environment, and State Supreme Court, among other beats. He then became the press critic at Newsweek for two years. He also wrote about media and publishing for the Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in New York, The New York Observer, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian of London, and Manhattan,inc, among many other publications. Kaiser was a founder and former president of the New York chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He has taught journalism at Columbia and Princeton, where he was the Ferris Professor of Journalism.

The Gay Metropolis, a New York Times Notable Book, is the compelling social and political history that begins with World War II, when the United Stars Army acted as the “great, secret, unwitting engine of gay liberation in America” — by creating the largest concentration of gay men and lesbians inside a single institution since the founding of the republic. By melding the personal stories of people as famous as Leonard Bernstein and as little known as Sandy Kern, a Brooklyn girl who first heard the word “lesbian” when a neighbor spied her with her arm around her girlfriend at the end of a wartime blackout, Kaiser provides his readers with the sights, sounds, scents, thoughts, and feelings of gay life in America since 1940. He also analyzes the most significant social and political events to shape gay culture — everything from the original production of West Side Story (the creation of four gay, Jewish men) to the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Lawrence v. Texas, in 2003, the most important legal victory in the history of the gay movement in America.

First published in 1988, 1968 In America remains one of the definitive texts about the culture and politics of the 1960s. A compelling work of popular history, it is used in college courses across the country. The book covers the presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and Bobby Kennedy in depth, as well as the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the riots at Columbia University in the spring of 1968, and the eruptions in the streets outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It also covers everything from the Tet Offensive, which transformed America’s attitude toward Vietnam, to the C.I.A’s extensive experiments with LSD. (The intelligence agency called the drug a “potential new agent for conventional warfare.”)

Kaiser was born in Washington D.C. and grew up there and in Albany, N.Y., Dakar, Senegal, London, England, Windsor, Conn., and New York City. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Kaiser’s next book is The Cost of Courage, about a French family in the Resistance in Paris during World War II, to be published by The Other Press.

Speaking Topics
  • The Gay Marriage Revolution: How The Right to Marry Has Radically Altered What It Means to be Gay and American in the 21st Century

  • Gay Life in America Since Stonewall

  • How the 1960s SavedAmerica

  • The Decline and Fall of the Press

  • Why George Orwell is the Greatest Journalist of the 20th Century

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    Booking fees for Charles Kaiser, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Charles Kaiser, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Charles Kaiser?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Charles Kaiser for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Charles Kaiser for your next private or corporate function.
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Charles Kaiser Biography

Charles Kaiser is an expert on the media, politics, the 1960s, and gay life in America through his three-decade career as a journalist and author. He is a former reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and was the press critic at Newsweek. He is the author of The Gay Metropolis, the landmark history of gay life in America (Lambda Literary Award winner), 1968 in America, and wrote the afterword to the recently republished seminal gay essay, On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller. Kaiser has appeared on The Colbert Report, NBC’s Today Show, Charlie Rose, the PBS documentary The Sixties, The Rachel Maddow Report, and VH1’s Behind the Music. A sought-after keynote speaker, Kaiser has spoken at Yale University, Aetna Diversity Day, the annual convention of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and is ideal for college campuses, arts and lecture venues, and libraries.

Kaiser started writing for the New York Times while still an undergraduate at Columbia College. He spent five years there as a reporter on the Metro staff, covering City Hall, the environment, and State Supreme Court, among other beats. He then became the press critic at Newsweek for two years. He also wrote about media and publishing for the Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in New York, The New York Observer, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian of London, and Manhattan,inc, among many other publications. Kaiser was a founder and former president of the New York chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He has taught journalism at Columbia and Princeton, where he was the Ferris Professor of Journalism.

The Gay Metropolis, a New York Times Notable Book, is the compelling social and political history that begins with World War II, when the United Stars Army acted as the “great, secret, unwitting engine of gay liberation in America” — by creating the largest concentration of gay men and lesbians inside a single institution since the founding of the republic. By melding the personal stories of people as famous as Leonard Bernstein and as little known as Sandy Kern, a Brooklyn girl who first heard the word “lesbian” when a neighbor spied her with her arm around her girlfriend at the end of a wartime blackout, Kaiser provides his readers with the sights, sounds, scents, thoughts, and feelings of gay life in America since 1940. He also analyzes the most significant social and political events to shape gay culture — everything from the original production of West Side Story (the creation of four gay, Jewish men) to the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Lawrence v. Texas, in 2003, the most important legal victory in the history of the gay movement in America.

First published in 1988, 1968 In America remains one of the definitive texts about the culture and politics of the 1960s. A compelling work of popular history, it is used in college courses across the country. The book covers the presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and Bobby Kennedy in depth, as well as the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the riots at Columbia University in the spring of 1968, and the eruptions in the streets outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It also covers everything from the Tet Offensive, which transformed America’s attitude toward Vietnam, to the C.I.A’s extensive experiments with LSD. (The intelligence agency called the drug a “potential new agent for conventional warfare.”)

Kaiser was born in Washington D.C. and grew up there and in Albany, N.Y., Dakar, Senegal, London, England, Windsor, Conn., and New York City. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Kaiser’s next book is The Cost of Courage, about a French family in the Resistance in Paris during World War II, to be published by The Other Press.

Charles Kaiser Speaking Topics

  • The Gay Marriage Revolution: How The Right to Marry Has Radically Altered What It Means to be Gay and American in the 21st Century

  • Gay Life in America Since Stonewall

  • How the 1960s SavedAmerica

  • The Decline and Fall of the Press

  • Why George Orwell is the Greatest Journalist of the 20th Century

FAQs on booking Charles Kaiser

  • How to book Charles Kaiser?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Charles Kaiser for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Charles Kaiser, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Charles Kaiser or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Charles Kaiser?

    Booking fees for Charles Kaiser, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Charles Kaiser, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Charles Kaiser?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Charles Kaiser for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Charles Kaiser for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Charles Kaiser or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Charles Kaiser or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Charles Kaiser is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Gay Marriage Revolution: How The Right to Marry Has Radically Altered What It Means to be Gay and American in the 21st Century, Gay Life in America Since Stonewall, How the 1960s SavedAmerica, The Decline and Fall of the Press and Why George Orwell is the Greatest Journalist of the 20th Century. The estimated speaking fee range to book Charles Kaiser for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Charles Kaiser generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are George P. Bush, John Zogby, Juan Williams, Antwone Fisher and David Mixner. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charles Kaiser for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Charles Kaiser Speaking Topics

  • The Gay Marriage Revolution: How The Right to Marry Has Radically Altered What It Means to be Gay and American in the 21st Century

  • Gay Life in America Since Stonewall

  • How the 1960s SavedAmerica

  • The Decline and Fall of the Press

  • Why George Orwell is the Greatest Journalist of the 20th Century

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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