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Douglas Brinkley

American Historian and Best-Selling Author and Presidential Historian, CNN

Monumental in his contribution to American culture, Douglas Brinkley takes the historical lessons of the past and applies them to the present and our future.


  • The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

  • The Business Innovators: Henry Ford to Jeff Bezos

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    As Dr. Douglas Brinkley points out in his epic book Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, the history of corporations is often neglected. In this revealing presentation, Brinkley highlights the leaders who have constantly pushed for more – as well as the groups of ordinary and extraordinary people surrounding them – and who have, in turn, built America’s greatest companies. He compares his research about Henry Ford, who shaped the 20th century, to the challenges and opportunities faced by Jeff Bezos and other corporate leaders who will shape the 21st century.


  • Highs and Lows of the American Presidency: Past, Present and Future

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    As one of America’s leading presidential historians, Brinkley has written books on Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt. In fact, CNN has called him “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive.” Brinkley shares his extensive knowledge of the office of the presidency and the men who have filled it. He paints a rich portrait of the past, offers unparalleled insight into our present, and imparts lessons we should consider for the future.


  • Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and Space

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    Brinkley explores American exceptionalism through the lens of President Kennedy’s call to send humans to the moon, the subject of an upcoming book as well as a 2014 discussion with Neil Armstrong. He describes the motivations behind the moonshot, its impact on both business and government, and similar efforts across industries. Brinkley also offers insight into future opportunities to mobilize resources and motivate people to achieve the seemingly impossible.


  • Race Relations in America: The Past, Present and Future

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    Brinkley lived through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina with his fellow New Orleans residents. In his book The Great Deluge, he shares a complete account of the harrowing week following the flood. His official biography of Rosa Parks captures her personal dignity while conveying the power of her legacy. Brinkley shares highlights from these two amazing stories, provides historical context, and foretells the future of race relations in America.


  • The U.S. Military: Historical Perspective and Future Needs

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    At a time when the U.S. military is engaged in its longest, most demanding campaign, our armed forces are stretched thin, but soldier morale remains high. The ongoing commitment of the armed forces – despite the ebbs and flows of politics – is an extraordinary testament to leadership and organizational skill. Brinkley’s voluminous work on a far-reaching range of military campaigns makes him ideally suited to share incredible stories of leadership as well as a general assessment of today’s military and its future.



  • Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America
  • JFK: A Vision for America
  • The Nixol Tapes
  • Cronkite
  • The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom
  • The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960
  • The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919
  • The Reagan Diaries
  • The Great Deluge: Hurrican Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion
  • Rosa Parks: A Life

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