The Other Black Hole: How Asphalt Changed America (and the World)
Kenneth O'Reilly was born in New York City. After studying American history he received a Ph.D. from Marquette University. DHe is the author of several books, including Nixon’s Piano: Presidents and Racial Politics from Washington to Clinton, Racial Matters: The FBI’s Secret File on Black America, Black Americans: The FBI File, and Hoover and the Un-Americans: The FBI, HUAC, and the Red Menace. Racial Matters was a New York Times notable book of the year.
He is emeritus professor of history at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and now teaches at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is currently writing a book about asphalt called "The Other Black Hole".
He has received Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research and Teaching, plus grants and fellowships from numerous institutes and foundations, including:
Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights
Fund for Investigative Journalism
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
National Endowment for the Humanities
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation
American Philosophical Society