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Saul Kussiel Padover (April 13, 1905 – February 22, 1981)[1][2] was a historian and political scientist at the New School for Social Research in New York City who wrote biographies of philosophers and politicians such as Karl Marx and Thomas Jefferson.

Saul Kussiel Padover
Born(1905-04-13)April 13, 1905
DiedFebruary 22, 1981(1981-02-22) (aged 75)
EducationWayne State University

Yale University

University of Chicago
Spouse(s)Peg Fenwick

Early years and educationEdit

Padover was born in Vienna, Austria. He emigrated to the United States in 1920. Padover earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He completed graduate coursework at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and received a Master of Arts and in 1932. He later received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.[3]

Civil ServiceEdit

Padover worked in the United States Department of Interior, as a political analyst for the Federal Communications Commission, and as an intelligence officer for the Office of Strategic Services. Padover supervised civilian members of the Psychological Warfare Division (PWD). His service was notable for his leaking the identity of U.S.-appointed mayor of Aachen Franz Oppenhoff; Heinrich Himmler subsequently ordered the assassination of Oppenhoff.[4][5][6]

Academia and writing careerEdit

Padover wrote editorals for PM, a short-lived liberal newspaper.[3]

In 1949, he joined the graduate faculty of The New School. He also directed the General Seminar, the New School's interdisciplinary seminar for faculty.[3]

Personal life and deathEdit

Padover was married first to Irina Padover, and following the death of his first wife, to Peg Fenwick, screenwriter of the film All That Heaven Allows.[7][2]

Padover died on February 22, 1981.[8]

Selected worksEdit

  • The Life and Death of Louis XVI. D. Appleton-Century, 1939.[8]
  • Jefferson: A Great American's Life and Ideas. Harcourt, Brace, 1942.[9][10]
  • Experiment in Germany. The Story of an American Intelligence Officer, published by Duell, Sloane and Pearce, New York (1946)[11]
  • The Complete Madison. Harper, 1953.[12]
  • A Jefferson Profile: As Revealed in His Letters. John Day, 1956.[13]
  • Confessions and Self-Portraits. John Day, 1957.[14]
  • The Mind of Alexander Hamilton. Harper, 1958.[15]
  • The Genius of America. McGraw-Hill, 1960. [16]
  • The Meaning of Democracy: An Appraisal of the American Experience. (1963)[17]
  • Karl Marx: An Intimate Biography. McGraw-Hill, 1972.[18][19]
  • Sources of Democracy. McGraw-Hill, 1973.[20]
  • Karl Marx on American and the Civil War. McGraw-Hill, 1973.[21]
  • The Living U.S. Constitution. With Jacob W. Landynski. Signet, 1953.[22]
  • Nehru on World History. John Day, 1960. An adaptation of Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru.[23]


  1. ^ Number: 100-26-8974; Issue State: New York; Issue Date: 1951. Via U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2014. Accessed 2019-10-29.
  2. ^ a b Asbury, Edith Evans (1981-02-24). "Dr. Saul K. Padover, author, dead at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-10-20 – via Proquest.
  3. ^ a b c "Saul K. Padover Papers". Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  4. ^ EXPERIMENT IN GERMANY by Saul K. Padovor | Kirkus Reviews.
  5. ^ Taylor, Fred (2011). Exorcising Hitler : the occupation and denazification of Germany (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Bloomsbury Press. ISBN 978-1596915367. OCLC 669754795.
  6. ^ "American Occupation Experiences in Aachen before Germany's Surrender - Historisches Institut der RWTH Aachen Prof. Dr. Klaus Schwabe". 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  7. ^ "Mrs. Saul K. Padover". The New York Times. 1952-05-12. Retrieved 2019-10-20 – via Proquest Historical Newspapers.
  8. ^ a b Landynski, Jacob (1981). "Saul Padover: 1905-1981". Social Research. 48 (2): 225–226. ISSN 0037-783X. JSTOR 40970818.
  9. ^ JEFFERSON by Saul K. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  10. ^ PADOVER, S. K (1942). JEFFERSON. OCLC 940159841.
  11. ^ EXPERIMENT IN GERMANY by Saul K. Padovor | Kirkus Reviews.
  12. ^ THE COMPLETE MADISON by Saul K. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  13. ^ A JEFFERSON PROFILE: As Revealed in his Letters by Saul K.- Ed. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  14. ^ CONFESSIONS AND SELF-PORTRAITS by Saul K.- Ed. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  15. ^ THE MIND OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Saul K. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  16. ^ THE GENIUS OF AMERICA by Saul K. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  17. ^ THE MEANING OF DEMOCRACY by Saul K. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  18. ^ Padover, Saul Kussiel (1978). Karl Marx, an intimate biography. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780070480728.
  19. ^ Aikman, David (1979-01-08). "Books: Marxist Mystery". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  20. ^ SOURCES OF DEMOCRACY | Kirkus Reviews.
  21. ^ KARL MARX ON AMERICA AND THE CIVIL WAR by Saul K.--Ed. Padover | Kirkus Reviews.
  22. ^ "The Living U.S. Constitution". Retrieved 2019-11-03.

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