Michael Aaron Rockland is professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. His early career was in the U.S. diplomatic service, during which he was a cultural attaché in both Argentina and Spain. He is the author of fourteen books, five of which have received special recognition and prizes. His first book, Sarmiento's Travels in the United States in 1847 (Princeton), was chosen by The Washington Post's Book World as one of the "Fifty Best Books of the Year." His novel, A Bliss Case (Coffee House) was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." A book he co-wrote, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike (Rutgers) was chosen by the New Jersey State Library as one of the "Ten Best Books Ever Written on New Jersey or by a New Jerseyan." His latest books are The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel (Rutgers), Stones, a novel, and two memoirs, An American Diplomat in Franco Spain and Navy Crazy (all Hansen Publishing Group). Rockland has won seven major teaching/lecturing awards, including the National Teaching Award in American Studies. He has lectured in some twenty-three countries around the world. A regular contributor to New Jersey Monthly magazine, he has also worked in television and film production, mostly for P.B.S., including scripting and acting in one film, Three Days on Big City Waters. He is regularly interviewed on N.P.R.