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Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. He understands how issues and events impact our lives and why historical context matters.
Meacham’s latest Presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in November 2015. The Times said, “Destiny and Power reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it.”
His #1 New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, was hailed as "masterful and intimate" by Fortune magazine. His other national bestsellers include Franklin and Winston, American Gospel, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.
A contributing editor at TIME, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long View” column in The New York Times Book Review in which he “looks back at books that speak to our current historical and cultural moment.” He served as Newsweek's managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business.”
He has appeared on Meet The Press, The Colbert Report, and Ken Burns’ documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Fox News produced an hour-long special about Meacham’s Destiny and Power in November 2015.
Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt.
He is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.
The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham explores what 21st-century leaders in different fields of endeavor can learn from the greatest moments of our common past.
This presentation — non-partisan in content and tone — ranges from Jefferson’s pragmatism and JFK’s capacity to recover from his own mistakes to the management of conflicting egos as shown by Reagan and FDR and how George HW Bush dealt with the end of his Presidency. Meacham discusses how history can inform the decisions all of us make everyday in positions that demand creative and innovative solutions.
UNDERSTANDING TRUMP: THE MEANING OF AN AMERICAN MILESTONE
In this historical yet topical talk, Meacham explains the roots of the populist fervor that has gripped the country as Donald Trump ascended to the nation’s highest office. Drawing from both the left and the right, the speech is a non-partisan view of how Trump won, what his victory means, and how he will govern.
“This is a remarkable and, indeed, unprecedented moment in American history. Donald Trump is a unique figure, one whose presidency will shape the nation – and the world – for generations. What does he know? How does he think? How does he make decisions? What does the past tell us? These are key, urgent, consuming questions.” — Jon Meacham
THE FUTURE OF THE PAST: HOW TO THINK ABOUT RACE AND MEMORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
In this contentious moment of debate about Confederate memorials and the place of history in an increasingly diverse nation, Jon Meacham describes – in reasonable, non-partisan, non-ideological terms – the long story of race in America and offers audiences new ways to assess what role emblems of the past should play in an increasingly diverse 21st century.
Destiny and Power: LESSONS IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP FROM THE LIFE OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH
The Competitive Edge in a Global Age: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
The Politics of Economics
A speech on the connections between the economy, both domestic and global, and the race for the White House. From FDR forward, what role does the business cycle play in who wins the White House? Very bipartisan, a blend of history, assessment of the present, and a forecast of 2017.
America Then and Now: What History Tells Us About the Future
God & Politics: The American Experience
The Media's Secret Bias: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Truth About the News
For some people, the key to understanding the media is ideology–that outlets are driven by politics rather than objectivity. There is much truth to this, and the 21st century is now more like the 18th and 19th in terms of partisan news. But there’s an even more fundamental point Americans should grasp: that many journalists are driven as much by conflict as by creeds. Jon Meacham brings renewed perspective to the issue of media bias, grounded in historical analysis and his own life’s work with print and television news media outlets. Meacham cuts to the core of media bias, explaining how politics and human nature shape the news you see and read.