Marshall Poe, Founder, New Books Network

Marshall Tillbrook Poe (born December 29, 1961) is an American historian, writer, editor and founder of the New Books Network, an online collection of podcast interviews with a wide range of non-fiction authors. He has taught Russian, European, Eurasian and World history at various universities including Harvard, Columbia, University of Iowa, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“Reading is hard and inconvenient. Listening is easy and convenient “

On another inspiring episode of The Brand Called You, we have with us the Founder of New Books Network, Mr. Marshall Poe. Marshall is a historian with a focus on Russia. He is a writer and editor. And he has taught at Harvard University and several other prestigious institutions. In this very interesting conversation, Aashutosh and Marshall, discuss several things around Russia and the concept of audio books. Marshall begins with sharing the three key milestones of his life. He explains his venture, New Books Network. Which is a podcast platform which allows local authors to talk about their books. With a download range of One million, Marshall shares what goes into making a successful podcast and the challenges that he faced on this journey. Given Marshall’s love for Russia, they further talk about his views on the Russian communist  Party, Autocratic leadership and China’s status in the situation. Marshall also shares his definition of success and failure; and gives some noteworthy advice for young aspiring authors. 

 

Marshall Poe, Founder, New Books Network

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Marshall Tillbrook Poe (born December 29, 1961) is an American historian, writer, editor and founder of the New Books Network, an online collection of podcast interviews with a wide range of non-fiction authors. He has taught Russian, European, Eurasian and World history at various universities including Harvard, Columbia, University of Iowa, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has also taught courses on new media and online collaboration. In 2005, Poe founded the now-defunct MemoryArchive, a universal wiki-type archive of contemporary memoirs. It encouraged people to contribute written accounts of their personal memories that would be part of a searchable, online database. There he contributed numerous personal accounts of his own, from playing basketball with Barack Obama, to stumbling onto a crime scene of Dennis Rader’s, the BTK serial killer. In 2006, Poe wrote an influential commentary on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, while serving as a writer, researcher and editor at The Atlantic magazine.

 

Education and academic career

Marshall Poe was born in Huntsville, Alabama on December 29, 1961. His early schooling was hampered by what he has called “pretty severe dyslexia.” As a result, he did not learn to read until the second or third grade in primary school. Poe graduated from Wichita Southeast High School in 1980 and earned his B.A. in 1984 at Grinnell College where he was named outstanding student in history. He earned his M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986 and his Ph.D in history at Berkeley in 1992. He taught at Harvard University from 1989 to 1996 and again from 1999 to 2002, during which time he was appointed Allston Burr Senior Tutor at Harvard’s Lowell House where he managed a college of 600 undergraduate students and 50 tutors and staff. He also taught at New York University (1999), American University (2005), the University of Iowa (2007-2013) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013-2014). He has held fellowships at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard; the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; and the Harriman Institute for Russian Studies at Columbia University. At the Institute for Advanced Study, Poe played guitar and sang in a loud rock and roll band called “Do Not Erase,” consisting entirely of fellows at the Institute. The name of the band is taken from what mathematicians write under their long theorems and proofs on chalk boards, so that janitors won’t erase them, especially if their equations have discovered something new.

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