Gal Beckerman is the senior editor for books at The Atlantic. Formerly an editor at The New York Times Book Review, he is the author of The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origin of Radical Ideas. His first book was the widely acclaimed When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, which won the National Jewish Book Award, the Sami Rohr Prize, and named a best book of the year by The New Yorker and The Washington Post. He holds a PhD in media studies from Columbia University and writes for many publications, including The New Republic and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two daughters.