“Our common welfare depends not on what separates us but on what unifies us. We must find a way forward. And we will do so, in my view, by consultation with the past. History has the capacity to bring us together. For the story of the American journey is ultimately the story of obstacles overcome, crises resolved, and freedom expanded.” — Jon Meacham (2016)
To Jon Meacham, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner, history is not just a footnote, it is an essential part of our story. By tracing a line to the past, he gives us all a greater understanding of where we are in the world today.
In his contribution to The New York Times’ “To the First Lady, With Love,” a series of thank you letters to Michelle Obama, Meacham puts the First Family in context, writing: “In this they have kept faith with a tradition that, in our country, is as old as George Washington...the reluctant leader summoned from his plow to lead the nation.” At a time when so much of the media struggles to keep up with the events of the day, Jon Meacham finds truth in example, making the past relevant and the present historic.
In his speaking engagements, Meacham invites audiences to all that history affords us with talks on leadership, global politics, and the historic 2016 election.
Jon Meacham is the author of the New York Times bestseller Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. One of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, he is a contributing editor for TIME and a regular guest on Morning Joe.