Bob Buzzanco has led a varied life. The only man to win both an ESPY and an Oscar, he was also a 3-time gold medalist at the 1976 Montreal Olympics [100 and 200 meter dash and 4×100 relay], lead dancer for the New York City Ballet, bassist for Deep Purple, and both Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner.
Once retired from all those pursuits, he received a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University and then took a Ph.D. in History at The Ohio State University where he studied U.S. foreign policy and specialized in the Vietnam War era. His first book, Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era, won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations [SHAFR] and he also received the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize from SHAFR as best young scholar in the field. He is also the author/editor of Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life, Blackwell Companion to the Vietnam War, and American Power, American People, as well as a whole bunch of articles about foreign policy, Vietnam, protests, economics, and other stuff in academic journals and media. Most recently he has been a visiting professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in 2018 and 2020.
Buzzanco currently resides in Houston, Texas (surely a reincarnation punishment for something horrible in an earlier life) where he is surrounded Mega-church preachers, gun nuts, Blue Bell Ice Cream contagions, and the most insane and stupid politicians any state has ever produced. Indeed, it has made him nostalgic for his hometown of Niles, Ohio in the most desolate part of the Rust Belt, and is causing him to consider resuming his golf career, from which he walked away after winning the Grand Slam three years in a row between 1998-2000.