George Walsh, formerly editor-in-chief of the general books division of the Macmillan Publishing Company, is a longtime journalist. He is the author of two books dealing with New York machine politics: Gentleman Jimmy Walker (1974), which chronicled the mayoralty during the 1920’s and 30’s, and Public Enemies (1980), which explored the connection between Mayor William O’Dwyer and Mobster Frank Costello in the 1940’s and 50’s. Most recently he is the author of Damage Them All You Can: Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia (2002) and the forthcoming Whip the Rebellion: Ulysses S. Grant’s Rise to Command (2004). His next book will be Ourselves Alone: When the Irish Ran New York–1876-1926. He lives in New York City.