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About the Author 


Scott W. Berg is the acclaimed author of 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Frontier’s End (2102) and Grand Avenues: The Story of Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C. (2007), both published in hardcover by Pantheon Books and in paperback by Vintage Books. Born and raised in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Scott received a BA in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, an MA in English from Miami University of Ohio, and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University, where he now teaches nonfiction writing and literature. Since 1999, he has also been a contributor to The Washington Post and other publications.

Scott’s principal research interests include place origins, architectural history, urban history, and the intersections of lesser-known individuals with history’s more famous figures. His feature writing for the Washington Post has ranged widely, covering topics as diverse as civil rights history, classical theater, the sport of cricket, the digitization of history, the role of monuments and museums in Washington, D.C., and airplane restoration efforts at the Smithsonian Institution, to name just a few. He regularly speaks to media outlets and to groups large and small in the Washington metro area and around the country about his books and related topics: A list of his upcoming and previous speaking engagements can be found on the "Events & Media" link of this web site.

Scott lives in Reston, Virginia with his wife and their two sons, ages 10 and 7. He can be reached by posting a message on the “Contact” link of this web site or by using his e-mail address directly: