Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, a fellow at the James Baker III Institute of Public Policy and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Book Review and American Heritage. Dubbed “America’s new past master” by the Chicago Tribune, Brinkley has written books on a variety of subjects – including wilderness. Brinkley’s title The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America was a New York Times best seller and also the recipient of the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award. Published in 2011, The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom was a second book focused on the preservation of wilderness. That same year, Brinkley testified before Congress about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brinkley also edited Jack Kerouac's diaries, Hunter S. Thompson's letters and Theodore Dreiser's travelogue.