About Dan McMillan

“Dan McMillan’s book is clearly written, well-structured, and rests on good acquaintance with recent research. It offers a thoughtful and intelligent answer for a non-specialist readership to the vital but often strangely ignored question: what caused the Holocaust? It deserves to be widely read.”
Sir Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler and The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945

Dan McMillan

Dan McMillan is an author who lives in New York City and writes about history and politics. Dan began his career as an academic historian specializing in modern Germany. He holds a history Ph.D. from Columbia University as well as a J.D. from Fordham Law School. Having worked as a history professor and as a prosecuting attorney, Dr. McMillan published his first book with Basic Books in 2014. Titled How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust, this book gives the general public a concise and accessible synthesis of what historians have learned about the causes of the genocide. It has received enthusiastic praise from leading scholars.

Dan’s next book is titled Get Money out of Politics. The Time is Now. In this book and in shorter pieces that come out of his research, Dr. McMillan will explain to the wider public how organized money, via manifold direct and indirect paths, has nearly destroyed American democracy. He also examines ideas for regulating campaign finance, analyzes the daunting political obstacles to reform, and proposes solutions.

Dan brings unusual intellectual preparation to bear on problem of money in politics. As an academic historian he gained a deep understanding of how the German people have tried, failed, and eventually succeeded in establishing a healthy democracy. Through years of focused study, Dan has also acquired a rich historical perspective on American politics. His legal training allows him to assess the practical limits of reform proposals, and to make sense of the often bewildering decisions by our Supreme Court, rulings which have erected fearsome (but not insuperable) barriers to reform. Fluent in French, German and Spanish, Dr. McMillan incorporates insights from foreign commentators in his analysis, and offers a comparative perspective on American political conditions.

Writing in a lively journalistic style, Dan makes these complex issues readily accessible. He is also a highly engaging public speaker. To invite Dan to speak, please use the link on the Contacts page.