Howard Zinn, author of numerous acclaimed histories, taught history at Spelman College and Boston University, and has received the Lannan Literary Award, among many others. He lives in Massachusetts. Mike Konopacki has collaborated on five collections of cartoons, and his work is regularly syndicated. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Paul Buhle is a senior lecturer in history at Brown University and the editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left, among other books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Toby Young was born in 1963. In the course of his career as a journalist he's been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Vanity Fair. He lives in Shepherd's Bush
Walter Yetnikoff is a 1953 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn College and received his law degree in 1956 from Columbia University. He joined CBS Records in 1962 and quickly rose through the ranks. In 1975, Yetnikoff was made President of CBS Records Group, spearheading the operation for 15 years and creating the most profitable and prestigious stable of artists in music history. Yetnikoff is generally credited with developing and nurturing the careers of superstars such as Michael Jackson, George Michael, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Living Colour and Public Enemy. He is currently involved in many projects including contemporary performance poetry, the production of soundtrack CDs and counseling new artists. He recently joined the New York board of the Caron Foundation, an addiction treatment facility. David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. He is the author of the bestselling biography Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye and he has collaborated with many famous performing artists on their autobiographies, including Ray Charles, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and the Neville Brothers. He won a Grammy in 1992 for Best Album Notes and wrote the lyrics to Marvin Gaye's classic song, "Sexual Healing." He lives in Los Angeles..
From his birth in 1916 until he ran away to London, William Woodruff lived in the heart of Blackburn's weaving community. He eventually went to Oxford University and lived in Florida for over forty years. He died in 2008.
Naomi Wolf is at the forefront of contemporary feminist thought. Through her four groundbreaking books she has given voice to women of all ages, helping reveal the social myths that conspire to keep women struggling against inequality.
Alan Wieder is a writer and producer living in Los Angeles
Peter White is the BBC's Disabilty Affairs Correspondent and a frequent broadcaster on Radio 4 on other issues. Married with three (sighted) children, he lives in Winchester, but travels widely throughout the country
Michael White is a former science writer for GQ magazine. In a previous incarnation he was a member of the Thompson Twins pop group, before becoming a full-time writer in 1991.
A former professional first baseman who played for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. White became a full-time sportscaster for 18 years after his playing career ended. White then served as president of the National League from 1989 to 1994.For years he was sought out by publishers to do his autobio but has always declined. Fortunately, we were able to convince him to go on the record
Joseph Wheelan is the author of eight previous books, including the highly-acclaimed Terrible Swift Sword and Jefferson's War. Before turning to writing books full time, Wheelan was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for twenty-four years. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.
Richard West is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to Private Eye and the Spectator.Richard West is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to The Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator. He has written many books, including a much-admired biography of Daniel Defoe.
Jann Wenner is the founder, owner and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and was one of Thompson's closest friends.
After her shocking six years in prison, Natalie escaped back to the UK and was reunited with her daughter. She lives in Gloucester with her husband, her daughter and her new baby.
CHRISSIE WELLINGTON is the world-record holder for ironman-distance triathlon. She is a four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, having won the World Championship consecutively in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and regaining it in 2011. She remains undefeated over the Ironman distance.
Alek Wek was raised as part of the Dinka clan in Southern Sudan before coming to London, where she was spotted by a talent scout. Now a successful supermodel, she also runs her own handbag company, AlexWek1933.
John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Cecil B. DeMented. He is also the author of a memoir, Role Models. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
CNN Senior Vice President Wendy Walker is the senior executive producer of Larry King Live. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall planning and production of the world's first live, globally televised viewer call-in program and the network's highest-rated programme.
Alistair Urquhart is in his nineties (and is the last surviving member of the Scottish regiment the Gordon Highlanders) and teaches computer skills to OAPs in Scotland
Jenny Uglow is a writer and publisher, who has written widely on Victorian literature, including a biography on Elizabeth Gaskell. Jenny Uglow was awarded an OBE in 2007.