Anthony Arthur was a professor emeritus of literature at California State University, Northridge, and the author of five books, including three on twentieth-century American culture, politics, and history. Two of them were History Book Club and Military Book Club selections. The third, Literary Feuds, was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in 2002. He was the author of Radical Innocent, a biography of Upton Sinclair, and also the co-author of Clashes of Will: Confrontations That Have Shaped Modern America. Anthony Arthur died in 2009, shortly after finishing this book.