Staff Writer

Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine, where he writes in-depth narratives on a wide range of subjects. He is the author of “Trapped Under the Sea”, which was named one of the best books of 2014 by Amazon and Booklist, and “The Assist”, which was named one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post. He was also a coauthor of “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy”. His Globe writing has won numerous national awards and been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Political Writing.

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The Boston outbreak that turned into the deadliest pandemic in modern history

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The city’s new health commissioner had to get the public to take the flu crisis seriously, without setting off a panic.

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Put away that credit card. You need to use cash more

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Big banks are the big winners when shoppers whip out the plastic. Meanwhile, Americans sink further into debt.

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The backstory on this alternate version of presidential history

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Imagining a Bill Clinton loss to George H. W. Bush in ‘92 reveals where Democratic party ideology went off the rails.

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How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president

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A look at the Clinton blunders that continue to damage his party today — and what might have happened if George H.W. Bush had won a second term.