Ira Stoll is author of “Samuel Adams: A Life” (Free Press, 2008). He was vice president and managing editor of The New York Sun, which he helped to found, from its debut in 2002 until its demise in 2008. Before that he was a consultant to the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, North American editor of The Jerusalem Post, editor of Smartertimes.com, Washington correspondent and then managing editor of the Forward, and a reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of Harvard, where he was president of the Harvard Crimson. He lives in New York City.