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January 24, 2011
The body of work written by Dr. Douglas Brinkley is significant in its breadth and monumental in its contribution to our collective understanding of historical eras, American leaders, everyday citizens and current events. Brinkley’s research provides audiences with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the past and to further develop their opinions about tomorrow’s headline news. A few of the many topics that Dr. Brinkley can discuss are:
Brinkley shares his insights on the history of American presidency based on his voluminous research regarding the Roosevelt, Reagan and Carter presidencies. Brinkley frames the current challenges facing President Obama and how his election changed the course of American history.
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. Brinkley’s book about Rosa Parks captures her majestic personal dignity while conveying the power of her legacy. Brinkley shares highlights of these two amazing stories, provides an historical overview and foretells the future of race relations in America.
In a speech based on his groundbreaking epic biography of Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Brinkley draws on never-before-published materials to examine the life and achievements of our "naturalist president." By setting aside more than 230 million acres of wild America for posterity between 1901 and 1909, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a universal endeavor. This crusade for the American wilderness was perhaps the greatest U.S. presidential initiative between the Civil War and World War I. As we face the problems of global warming, overpopulation and sustainable land management, Brinkley shows audiences how this imposing leader's stout resolution to protect our environment is an inspiration and a contemporary call to arms for us all.
At a time when the U.S. military is engaged in a campaign that is more demanding than any that our soldiers have faced in a generation, 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.
As 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 about a man who constantly pushed for improved processes and reduced costs, Brinkley explains how Ford shaped the 20th century. Surrounding Ford was a group of ordinary and extraordinary people who built a great company -- warts and all. Brinkley compares his research about Ford Motor Company to the challenges and opportunities faced by today’s corporate America.
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.
Called “America’s new past master” and “the best of the new generation of American historians,” Dr. Douglas Brinkley is a distinguished professor of history at Rice University and a fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. His writing covers a broad range of topics, including presidents, military campaigns, American leaders, Catholicism and Hurricane Katrina. He thrills audiences with his insights on history’s biggest people and events and how they relate to current events. He is the history commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage. The New York Times selected five of Brinkley’s award-winning books as Notable Books of the Year and The Reagan Diaries was a New York Times best seller. The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. His second Reagan book, The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom (2011), showcases the president’s well-read, thoughtful side as well as the humor that helped him woo his allies and opponents alike. Brinkley edited the book into nine chapters ranging from war to religion. He is also the official biographer of Rosa Parks. Brinkley’s 2005 biography, Rosa Parks: A Life, is a revelatory portrait of an American heroine and her tumultuous times. In his most recent book, Cronkite (2012), Brinkley brings this American icon into focus as never before drawing on his unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends.