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Frederick W. Marks

Frederick W. Marks American historian

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Occupations Historian
Gender male
Education University of Michigan
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Frederick W. Marks III (born 1940) is an American historian and Catholic apologist. As a scholar, he has written and taught extensively on American diplomatic history. As a proponent of Roman Catholicism, he has written dozens of articles and tracts and spoken extensively in public.


Marks attended Loyola High School in New York City, attained his B.A. from Holy Cross College in 1962 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1968. He taught at the University of Michigan from 1967 to 1968, at Purdue University from 1968 to 1973 and at St. John’s University from 1974 to 1979.

He is the author of four books and dozens of articles on history. His work is characterized by multi-archival research overseas. In addition to utilizing repositories all over the United States, his work has taken him to Germany, France, England, Scotland, Canada, Guatemala, and the Republic of China. Each of his books on American diplomatic history contains extensive endnotes and bibliographies.

In the field of Roman Catholicism, Marks has written four books and dozens of full-length articles, seventeen of which have appeared in leading journals for the Catholic clergy. In addition, he has written a handbook for engaged and newly married Roman Catholic couples. It was translated into Spanish and Indonesian in 2008. He continues to be active as the author of tracts and Christian apologetics. His recent work is devoted to the Christian view of suffering and what people perceive as failure.


Books on diplomatic history

Robert W. Love, Jr., diplomatic historian at the US Naval Academy, introduced Marks in 1995 by writing: "Frederick W. Marks' wide-ranging interests have resulted in important reinterpretations of the Constitutional Convention, Theodore Roosevelt's foreign policy, and John Foster Dulles and the Cold War. His Wind Over Sand revised completely our understanding of Franklin Roosevelt's statesmanship."

  • Independence on Trial: Foreign Affairs and the Making of the Constitution Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1973, (reprinted in paperback 1986), ISBN 9780807100523
  • Velvet on Iron: The Diplomacy of Theodore Roosevelt Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1979, (reprinted in paperback, 1982) ISBN 9780803281158, Theodore Roosevelt Specialist John Allen Gable reviewed the book in Presidential Studies Quarterly. Additionally, Edmund Morris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of the first Roosevelt, called it "the most important book in its field since Howard K. Beale's Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of America to World Power (1956). Indeed many readers will judge it superior to its predecessor in its elegance, brevity and courageous originality."
  • Wind over Sand: The Diplomacy of Franklin Roosevelt Athens: University of Georgia Press 1988, (reprinted in paperback 1991) ISBN 9780820312705. Roosevelt specialist Frank Freidel of Harvard University described Wind over Sand as a "devastating revisionist critique of Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy" that would challenge future scholars while Max Lerner predicted, in the Wall Street Journal, that it would "relight the fires of controversy in Rooseveltology and leave the arena of battle distinctly changed." The book was chosen as a selection by the Conservative Book Club and the Lawyer's Book Society.
  • Power and Peace: The Diplomacy of John Foster Dulles Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1993, ISBN 9780275944971 (reprinted in paperback 1995) ISBN 9780275944971.

Religious Books

  • A Catholic Handbook for Engaged and Newly Married Couples (1994, reprinted in 1997 and 1999, ISBN 9781880033142).
  • A Brief for Belief: The Case for Catholicism (1999)
  • The Gift of Pain (2012, ISBN 9781937155322)
  • Think and Believe (2012, ISBN 9781937155377)
  • Pearl Harbor Revisited, edited by Robert W. Love, Jr. (Saint Martin's Press, 1995), p. 193.
  • Presidential Studies Quarterly 10 (1980), pp. 278–280.
  • The Washington Post, April 13, 1980, p. BW8.
  • Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 59, No. 2, May 1990, pages 288-89
  • Wall Street Journal, June 6, 1988, pages 17-18
  • The Tamkang Journal of American Studies 6 (1989), p. 73.

Personal life

Marks has been married for over forty-five years to Sylvia Marks, who holds a Ph.D. degree from Princeton University and teaches English at New York University's Polytechnic Institute.

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