“Like all great non-fiction, Autumn of the Black Snake takes the familiar and turns it upside-down and inside-out. . . . Hogeland knows his stuff and his point of view is fresh and sure-footed. My notion of the Republic’s narrative has been forever altered.” — Eric Bogosian

“For William Hogeland, thinking about history is an act of moral inquiry and high citizenship. A searching and original voice.”
— Rick Perlstein

“Good stuff.”
Douglass Rushkoff

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William Hogeland writes and speaks on a variety of topics that illuminate connections between early American history and today’s political and cultural struggles, with a focus on insurrections, economic crises, social class, and conflicting American visions of democracy, equality, and liberty.

Hogeland is the author, most recently, of Autumn of the Black Snake, published in 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (paperback May 2018). His critically acclaimed founding-era narrative histories Declaration and The Whiskey Rebellion are included in Simon & Schuster’s “America Collection”; his expository work Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosure, Protest, and Crackdown Made Us a Nation, is included in the University of Texas Press “Discovering America” series, edited by Mark Crispin Miller. Hogeland is also the author of a collection of essays on public history, Inventing American History (MIT Press/Boston Review Books); the chapter on insurrections in A Blackwell Companion to American Military History; and a chapter in the forthcoming Historians on “Hamilton”: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past (Rutgers University Press).

Hogeland’s next book, on Alexander Hamilton’s founding of the U.S. economy, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

William Hogeland was born in Virginia and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Saint Ann’s and Oberlin, he began a career in the 1970’s as a playwright, actor, and performance artist, with shows at the Kitchen, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and elsewhere. Film rights to his unpublished novel The Surrender of Washington Hansen were optioned by Warner for a screenplay by Joe Carnahan. His articles and essays have appeared in “The New York Times,” “The Atlantic,” “American History,” “Boston Review,” “Slate,” Huffington Post,” “Alternet,” “Salon,” “Lapham’s Quarterly,” and elsewhere, and he has blogged on founding-era American finance for the Roosevelt Institute’s “Next New Deal” and Bloomberg View’s “Echoes”  and on a variety of matters at His essay “American Dreamers” was selected by Greil Marcus for Best American Music Writing 2009. He has worked as a teacher, a tutor, a renovation contractor, marketing copywriter, a content and branding strategist, and a researcher and ghostwriter, among other things.

An in-demand speaker for groups, schools, corporate conferences, and other organizations and events, Hogeland has given talks to responsive audiences at the National Archives, the Museum of American Finance History, Citrin Cooperman Accountants and Advisors, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Historic Philadelphia, the John Adams National Historic Park, Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Kansas City Public Library, Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, the World Affairs Council of Dallas, the Society for American Music Annual Conference, the American Historical Association Annual Conference, the East Coast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Quincy College, the Jack Miller Center of Linfield College, CUNY’s Gotham Center, the Gaithersburg Book Festival, the Bostonian Society, Kings County Distilling, and elsewhere. He has served as a history consultant for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and appeared on PBS TV “History Detectives,” CBS TV “Good Morning, America,” C-SPAN “Book TV,” PCN “PA Books,” “Salon’s Facebook Live,” Minnesota Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, Fox News Radio, and many other broadcast, cable, and online shows and channels. William Hogeland lives and works in New York.


“For William Hogeland, thinking about history is an act of moral inquiry and high citizenship. A searching and original voice.”
Rick Perlstein

“Throwing down the gauntlet against the élites in the history business.”
David Skeel, Books and Culture

“Conjures up a lively post-Revolutionary world.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Political maneuvering of the kind that would make an Obama strategist’s mouth water.”
James Srodes, The Washington Times

“The most compelling and dramatically rendered story of the Whiskey Rebellion ever written.”
Gary Nash, UCLA

“Even-handed history and an implicit critique of contemporary politics.”
Michael Washburn, Boston Globe

“Deserves to be seen as a politics of anti-founding.”
Tom Cutterham, Jacobin

“Full of smart, unsettling observations that will enlighten — and discomfort — liberals and conservatives alike.”
Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia

“Insight, verve and an eye for the telling detail. A complex reading of minds and motivations.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Makes the great men seem all too human.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[Hogeland’s] acute angles on America’s dawn … serve as a vital reminder: Like us, the Founders were human beings living in muddied times.”
Gene Santoro, American History Magazine

“Narrative history writing at its finest . . . Reads like fiction, with unexpected twists and turns.”
Baltimore City Paper

Library Journal

— Booklist

“One of the best books on the revolutionary period ever written . . . Makes you look at everything in a different light.”
— A Guy on Amazon

“Suitable for the recycle bin . . . This book is a joke.”
A Guy on Amazon