Caleb Carr is the American novelist and military historian. He has worked in the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs Quarterly, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and taught military history, such as World Military History, the History of American Intelligence, along with Insurgency/Counterinsurgency, in Bard College.
He was born in Manhattan, and also for the majority of his life he lived on the Lower East Side of that city, spending his summers and many weekends in his family's house in Cherry Plain, New York. In 2000, he bought his own land, called Misery Mountain, in Cherry Plain; and in 2006 he moved permanently.
He had been educated at St. Luke's School and Friends Seminary in New York, Kenyon College, and New York University, where he acquired a diploma in Military and Diplomatic History.
He is the author of ten novels, many of which, most notably the historic thriller The Alienist, have become global best-sellers and prize-winners, and his work was translated into more than two dozen languages. His book, The Lessons of Terror, worried one of his non-fiction areas of specialization, terrorism, and turned into a contentious yet standard quantity in the literature of that topic.
He has appeared before the House Joint Subcommittee on National Security, has been a featured speaker in a closed-door Defense Department convention on the War on Terrorism, also made regular appearances on virtually all television networks throughout the American invasion of Iraq.
Asked what fiction authors have influenced him the most, he includes Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, William Gibson, and Michael Crichton.
His non-fiction influences he cites as "eclectic and too numerous to record."
Carr has also worked widely in the theatre, and in films and televison; from the latter capacity, he spent several years in Los Angeles; hi
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