JB Manheim (PhD: Northwestern, 1971) is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. A specialist in strategic political communication and information/influence campaigns, he developed the world's first degree-granting program in political communication, and was later the founding director of the GWU School of Media & Public Affairs. He is a former chair of the political communication section of the American Political Science Association, and was the 1995 DC Professor of the Year.
In recent years he has begun writing a series of contemporary novels grounded in the history of baseball circa the early twentieth century. The first of these, This Never Happened: The Mystery Behind the Death of Christy Mathewson, published by Summer Game Books in 2021, serves as Book 1 of The Cooperstown Trilogy. The novel is based on two authentic WWI military documents discovered by the author that challenge a core historical myth of the game. Books 2 and 3 of the Trilogy -- The GameKeepers: Whitewash, Blackmail, and Baseball's Dirtiest Secrets, and Doubleday Doubletake -- which explore other baseball myths and scandals, were published in 2022.
Manheim is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, and the Historical Novel Society.
Awards and Recognition
- Finalist, Sports Fiction, 2022 Readers Favorite Competition (Doubleday Doubletake)
- Finalist, Sports, 2021 American Book Fest Competition (This Never Happened) Nominated, 2022 Ritter Award, Society for American Baseball Research (This Never Happened)