Stanley Kutler is the author of Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes (Free Press, 1997), a book that resulted from his successful law suit against the National Archives and Nixon, to force the release of the long-suppressed tapes. He has written widely in a number of fields of American history, particularly concentrating on American constitutional history and the twentieth century. His other major books include The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon (Knopf, 1992); The American Inquisition (Hill & Wang, 1982; paperback ed., 1983; English ed., Faber & Faber, 1984), and winner of the Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association, 1983; Privilege and Creative Destruction: The Charles River Bridge Case (Norton, 1978; revised edition, 1989); and Judicial Power and Reconstruction Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1968). In addition, he has authored or edited more than half a dozen text books in various fields of American history, including The Supreme Court and the Constitution (Norton, 1969, 1977, 1984) and Looking for America, (2 vols., Norton, 1975, 1980). His scholarly articles have appeared in leading history and legal periodicals, and his various references works have received numerous prizes.
Kutler has been a Guggenheim Fellow, holder of the Garibaldi Chair in Political Science, University of Bologna, 1991, Distinguished Exchange Scholar (National Science Foundation) for China in 1982, and Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer, Peru, in 1987, Bicentennial Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel, in 1984, and Fulbright Lecturer, Japan, 1977.
Kutler has written op-ed pieces and reviews for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Nation, Chronicles of Higher Education, Times Literary Supplement, Slate, and Salon, and the American Prospect, among others. He has appeared as an occasional commentator on National Public Radio, as well as the “Today”, “Nightline,” and many other television programs. He also has worked as a consultant on a number of film projects, most recently as the historical advisor for the Emmy-winning BBC-Documentary, "Watergate." He was advisor for the Showtime film, "The Day Ronald Reagan Was Shot." His book, The Wars of Watergate has been optioned by HBO, and he is co-writing a screenplay with Harry Shearer. His play, “I, Nixon,” now is under consideration for production in 2009.