Patterson is an author, historian, editor, therapist, and teacher.
He grew up in New Britain, Connecticut and graduated from Kent School, Amherst College, the Episcopal Theological School, Columbia University (M.A. in English Literature; Ph.D. in Religion), and the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
He lives in New York City where he has taught courses in history, literature, and writing at The New School for Social Research ("Ancient Israel" & "Classics of World Literature"), Adelphi University ("Advanced Writing"), Hunter College Continuing Education ("The Book Inside You: How to Write and Publish Your Book"), and Metropolitan College (Adjunct Professor, Human Services).
Patterson's first book--Anti-Semitism: The Road to the Holocaust and Beyond--was called "important" by Publisher's Weekly. Judaica Book News wrote, "It deserves a place in every home, school and public library...excellent background reading in Jewish history and the history of western civilization."
The National Council for the Social Studies in Washington, D.C. presented him with its Carter G. Woodson Book Award for his young adult (YA) biography of Marian Anderson at a special luncheon at its annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
His most recent books include The Oxford 50th Anniversary Book of the United Nations, The Civil Rights Movement, From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall (co-author), and Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (now in 16 languages).
Five of his YA books are back in print through The Authors Guild Backinprint program--Anti-Semitism: The Road to the Holocaust and Beyond, Animal Rights, Hafiz al-Asad of Syria, Marian Anderson, and Thomas Jefferson.
His internationally acclaimed Eternal Treblinka is in its sixth printing and has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, Russian, Japanese, Greek, and Korean with Brazilian Portuguese, Norwegian, Chinese and Arabic translations in progress.
His latest book is In Dante's Footsteps: My Journey to Hell. It's fiction, of course (at least he hopes so).
Patterson is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.