Todd S. Purdum is the author of "An Idea Whose Time Has Come" and "A Time of Our Choosing." He is a staff writer at The Atlantic. Purdum was formerly a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a senior writer at Politico, having previously worked at The New York Times for more than twenty years, where he served as White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, and their two children, Kate and Stephen. His new book is "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution."