Having closely examined those decisions that have defined the modern American presidency and personally interviewed those who have shaped the course of history, Mark Updegrove delivers unique insight into how leadership displayed inside the Oval Office can be applied outside of it.
Mark K. Updegrove is a presidential historian and the author of four books on the presidency. His newest book, The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, was published by HarperCollins in November 2017, drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents. As the presidential historian for ABC News, he is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and ABC News and has written for The New York Times, Time, Politico, Parade, National Geographic, Texas Monthly, and The Daily Beast.
Updegrove currently serves as the President and CEO of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. From 2009 to 2017, he was the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, where, in 2014, he hosted the Civil Rights Summit, which included Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. Earlier in his career, he served as publisher of Newsweek.
In addition to speaking, Updegrove is well-known for moderating public events, having conducted interviews with five U.S. presidents and first ladies as well as a wide range of luminaries including Hank Aaron, Bryan Cranston, Mikhail Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger, Sandra Day O’Connor, Robert Redford, and Condoleezza Rice.