Vincent Virga has been called "America's foremost picture editor." He has researched, edited, and designed picture sections for more than 150 books, as well as the full-length photo essay The Eighties. He has published two novels, Gaywyck and A Comfortable Corner, and is currently completing a third, titled Theatricals.
Since the Special Collections were established in 1897, the Curators of the Library of Congress have played a crucial role in acquiring and maintaining the Library's collections, particularly those that document the American experience. Eyes of the Nation is the first book for the general reader on which the Curators have collaborated.
Alan Brinkley is a professor of American history at Columbia University. His previous books include Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the American Book Award for History, and The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the Amerian Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and other publications.