John Bicknell is the editor for opinion and special publications. Before joining Roll Call, he held several roles over almost 12 years at Congressional Quarterly, including co-editor of the 2012 edition of Politics in America, editor of CQ Homeland Security, defense and foreign policy editor, and social policy editor. He previously worked as an editor at the Bradenton Herald, then a Knight-Ridder newspaper, in Florida. He is a graduate of Indiana State University, with a major in political science and a minor in religious studies.
Bicknell no longer works for Roll Call.
Stories by John Bicknell:
Aug. 17, 2011
In this secular age, the idea of a Senator writing what amounts to a guidebook for observing the Sabbath might seem more than a little out of the ordinary. But Joe Lieberman has never seemed to mind being perceived as standing a bit off the beaten path.
July 19, 2011
Joseph Gibson has worked in Congress as a senior staff member. He has lobbied Congress. He knows how Congress works. And in "A Better Congress: Change the Rules, Change the Results," he has written a book offering a number of high-minded, idealistic and far-reaching proposals for changing the way Congress does business.
July 18, 2011
Sen. Jim DeMint alludes to the First and Second Great Awakenings of religious fervor in The Great American Awakening, his chronicle of the rise of the tea party movement.
July 15, 2011
The Republicans are going to need some help if they hope to reclaim the coveted Roll Call trophy during what appears certain to become known in Congressional baseball lore as the Cedric Richmond era.
June 20, 2011
In The Siege of Washington: The Untold Story of the Twelve Days That Shook the Union, brothers John and Charles Lockwood covnvey the feeling of dread after the fall of Fort Sumter in April 1861.
June 6, 2011
For those interested in the broad sweep of Roosevelts life, full-fledged biographies abound. If a small slice of Rooseveltian life is more to your liking, plenty of those are available, as well.
May 23, 2011
Rep. Thaddeus McCotters new book on political philosophy doesnt pull punches as the Republican Congressman takes issue with aspects of both parties.
May 18, 2011
College of Charleston political science professor Thomas Patrick Chorlton shines some light on the darkness of America's first presidents in his new book, The First American Republic: 1774-1789."
May 11, 2011
Rep. Ron Paul's new book, "Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom,"is, in effect, Pauls policy papers bound and delivered in book form
March 28, 2011
Rosemary E. Bachelor's new book on Sarah Palin is but another really bad book that tells us nothing about Palin.
Feb. 7, 2011
The campaigns to ratify the Constitution are elegantly retold in Pauline Maiers Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. Maier has spent her entire career writing about the founding generation. In Ratification, she has capped it with a masterpiece.
Jan. 18, 2011
Big ranchers use their influence to bring in an army of hired guns to drive off small competitors and keep the range open for their large herds in Wyoming lawyer and author John W. Davis' new book, Wyoming Range War: The Infamous Invasion of Johnson County.