Jay Winik

  • Renowned Historian
  • New York Times and #1 Best-Selling Author
  • Internationally Acclaimed Author of April 1865
  • Fox News Presidential Historian

As an historian, Jay Winik has uniquely stood at the nexus of history and public policy. One of those whom most turn to for a keen historical perspective on political and current events, he frequently advises officials at the highest levels, from Presidents to Members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet Members, about lessons from history for today's pressing issues.

He has been published in every major paper, including being a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on every major television and radio station, from Fox to CBS to ABC to C-SPAN to NPR.

With an uncanny ability to connect the past with the present, Winik's talks are at once spellbinding and gripping, and invariably leave his audience feeling that their world has been transformed. He dazzles his listeners in small intimate elegant salons, and groups of thousands, including recently being interviewed by renowned philanthropist David Rubenstein before 300 members of Congress at the Library of Congress, which included the Vice President and Senate Minority Leader. With brilliant analysis, Winik reveals the leadership secrets of towering figures in history, including great presidents, and their ability to overcome immense obstacles against all the odds.

 

 

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  • Secretary of State
  • National Roofers Association
  • The United States Senate
  • Yale University
  • UBS
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • The National Book Festival
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Leadership

Jay Winik reveals the leadership secrets of great presidents and other towering figures in history suitable for those in business, politics, and sports. ...

Jay Winik reveals the leadership secrets of great presidents and other towering figures in history suitable for those in business, politics, and sports.

April 1865: the Month that Made America

The unforgettable story of how a handful of men saved America. ...

The unforgettable story of how a handful of men saved America.

Great Generals

Unlocking the secrets of how they faced enormous obstacles and somehow prevailed, these riveting stories have power today. ...

Unlocking the secrets of how they faced enormous obstacles and somehow prevailed, these riveting stories have power today.

American Politics

Understanding today's tumultuous political scene through lessons from the past. ...

Understanding today's tumultuous political scene through lessons from the past.

Morality and Foreign Policy – Why it still matters

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Inspiring Lives

FDR, Lincoln, and others whose lives inspire and enthrall. ...

FDR, Lincoln, and others whose lives inspire and enthrall.

War: How it shapes us

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Lessons from History for Presidents: How presidents learn from history

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History and current events: What are the lessons we learn?

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The Founders and Today

Are things so different today? How the founders speak to us. ...

Are things so different today? How the founders speak to us.

Crisis Management

Overcoming the odds, lessons from the great leaders in history. ...

Overcoming the odds, lessons from the great leaders in history.

Surmounting Challenges

Examining the leadership triumphs, trials and tribulations of those who have shaped the nation, with leadership skills essential to almost every kind of success. ...

Examining the leadership triumphs, trials and tribulations of those who have shaped the nation, with leadership skills essential to almost every kind of success.

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Biography

Jay Winik is "one of the nation's leading public historians" (Baltimore Sun), and a "born storyteller" (New York Times), world renowned for his gifted and creative approaches to history. A much acclaimed New York Times best-selling author many times over, his number one best-selling April 1865 is considered one of the finest works of history in the last 40 years, and has a global reputation. He is the Fox News Presidential Historian, including for such high-profile events as the last three presidential inaugurations, and was the historian to the National Geographic Network and the History Channel. The Council on Foreign Relations made him their inaugural Historian-in-Residence. He is the pioneer of major turning points in history.

As an historian, Winik has uniquely stood at the nexus of history and public policy. One of those whom most turn to for a keen historical perspective on political and current events, he frequently advises officials at the highest levels, from Presidents to Members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet Members, about lessons from history for today's pressing issues. He appears on page one of President George Bush's memoirs; Bush read Winik's April 1865 just after 9/11 and the photograph of the president carrying his book to Camp David went around the world; and the Wall Street Journal recommended Winik's best-selling April 1865 as the first book that President Obama should read for his second term.  The book was also turned into an award-winning TV special on the History Channel watched by more than 50 million people. On Fox News, Winik was among the first to compare president Trump with Andrew Jackson, a moniker that has stuck.

He has been published in every major paper, including being a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on every major television and radio station, from Fox to CBS to ABC to C-SPAN to NPR. He has been widely written up, from the NYT to the Washington Post and the Economist. His books have all received rave reviews: the New York Times hailed his April 1865 as "Brilliant… Epic" while the Wall Street Journal called it "magnificent." His most recent book, 1944, about FDR and the Holocaust and D-Day, stimulated a broad national conversation about morality in foreign-policy, and Time magazine called it "haunting" while NBC called it "monumental." Meanwhile, his book about the founding of the modern world, The Great Upheaval, was uniquely reviewed by three separate Pulitzer Prize winners, and deemed by the Wall Street Journal "remarkable."

His avid fans include Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton; much of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Roberts; countless senators, including the Majority and Minority leaders; and celebrities such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Hanks, who recently gave Winik a resounding shout-out in the New York Times in his interview with Maureen Dowd, and has declared himself Winik's "biggest fan." Gen. David Petraeus has said that if there's one person "I had to meet," it was Jay Winik.

With an uncanny ability to connect the past with the present, Winik's talks are at once spellbinding and gripping, and invariably leave his audience feeling that their world has been transformed. He dazzles his listeners in small intimate elegant salons, and groups of thousands, including recently being interviewed by renowned philanthropist David Rubenstein before 300 members of Congress at the Library of Congress, which included the Vice President and Senate Minority Leader. With brilliant analysis Winik reveals the leadership secrets of towering figures in history, including great presidents, and their ability to overcome immense obstacles against all the odds.