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A journalist and political historian, Robert Mann holds the Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He writes a weekly political column for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
He is the author of critically acclaimed political histories of the U.S. civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and American wartime dissent. One of his recent books, Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater and the Ad that Changed American Politics, was named by the Washington Post as one of the best political books of 2011.
Mann’s essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Politico and Smithsonian. He has discussed his research and appeared as a political analyst on numerous national television and radio programs, including MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News and National Public Radio.
He is also the creator of the political blog, “Something Like the Truth,” named to “The Fix’s Best State-Based Political Blogs” list in the Washington Post in 2013. One of his posts during the 2012 presidential election, “Beware the Crowdsmanship,” was featured by Slate.com in the story, “Required Reading for the 2012 Election: The Best Stories about the Obama Romney Contest.”
Prior to joining the LSU faculty in 2006, Mann spent more than 20 years in the political arena, working for three United States senators and a Louisiana governor. He was communications director to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, prior to serving 19 years as a U.S. Senate aide. He was state director to U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, and served as Breaux’s press secretary. He also served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana. He was also press secretary for the 1990 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, the 1992 and 1998 Breaux re-election campaigns and the 2003 Blanco campaign.
In 2013, he was elected to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
He is the author of: A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker’s World War I Diary. (edited with John Maxwell Hamilton, LSU Press, 2012); Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ , Barry Goldwater and the Ad That Changed American Politics (LSU Press, 2011); Political Communication: The Manship School Guide (edited with David Perlmutter, LSU Press, 2011); Wartime Dissent in America: A History and Anthology, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); When Freedom Would Triumph: The Civil Rights Struggle in Congress, 1954-1968 (LSU Press, 2007); A Grand Delusion: America’s Descent into Vietnam, (Basic Books, 2001); The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights, (Harcourt Brace, 1996); The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Cold War, (Alpha Books, 2002); and, Legacy to Power: Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, (Paragon House, 1992).
In the early 1980s, Mann covered Louisiana politics as a reporter for the Shreveport Journal and the Monroe News-Star.