Robert McNamara

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Robert McNamara.

History Expert


  • First-ever history editor for
  • Former magazine writer and fact checker for major publications including Rolling Stone, New York, and the Chicago Tribune


Robert McNamara is a history writer and former magazine journalist. He has served as a staff member at Rolling Stone and a freelance writer and fact checker for major magazines including New York, Esquire, Spy, and the magazine sections of the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News.

Robert served as the first nonfiction editor and the first history editor for In that role, Robert wrote articles about books and authors, interviewed historians, and published reviews.

Robert has covered history for ThoughtCo (formerly About Education) since 2007. 


Robert studied history and journalism at New York University.

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