Conversations from the Cullman Center: Fear City: Kim Phillips-Fein and Alexander Burns

April 19, 2018

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Kim Phillips-Fein and Alexander Burns discuss her latest book, Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politicson the occasion of its paperback release. Drawing on never-before-used archival sources and interviews with significant figures in the crisis, Phillips-Fein shows how the 1975 brush with bankruptcy permanently transformed New York.

Kim Phillips-Fein is the author of Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal. She has written for The Nation, Dissent, The Atlantic and The New York Times, and currently teaches history at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Phillips-Fein completed Fear City during her Cullman Center Fellowship in 2014-15.

Alexander Burns is a political reporter on the national desk of The New York Times, where he covered Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, he was an editor and reporter at Politico, where he covered the 2012 presidential election and the Republican Party during the Obama presidency.