Alfred M. Bingham (1905-1998) attended Groton, Yale, and Yale Law School. From 1932 to 1943 he edited Common Sense, a liberal magazine that argued for wide-ranging economic and political reforms during the Great Depression.  His first book, Insurgent America: Revolt of the Middle Classes, was published in 1935 to critical acclaim and was followed by Man's Estate in 1937 and six subsequent books.

He served in the Connecticut State Senate in 1940 and then in World War II as an Army Civil Affairs Officer.  After the war he practiced law in southeastern Connecticut and continued writing.

In 1989 he published a biography of his father, Hiram Bingham III, Portrait of an Explorer: Hiram Bingham, Discoverer of Machu Picchu. It was recently reprinted under the title Explorer of Machu Picchu: Portrait of Hiram Bingham.

This is his last book, The Tiffany Fortune and Other Chronicles of a Connecticut Family, was published in 1996 when he was ninety one. He died in 1998.

photo of Alfred Bingham  by Carolyn Bingham

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