Mark K. Updegrove
Historian and Author

Mark K. Updegrove is a historian and author of Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis, and Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House, which won Foreward Magazine’s Silver “Book of the Year” Award for political science. He has served as publisher of Newsweek, president of Time Canada, and Los Angeles manager of Time. While at Time he conceived “Time and the Presidency,” a traveling exhibit featuring photographs and reflections of Presidents Truman through Clinton. He has written for American Heritage, The Nation, Time and Worth, and has appeared on ABC News, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, and NPR.

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Baptism by Fire
Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis
Thomas Dunne Books

Americans have long been defined by how they face adversity. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in how the nation’s chief executive has tackled myriad...

Character and Leadership in the American Presidency: Updegrove looks at the leadership traits that the great American presidents have
The Past as Prologue: Presidential historian Mark K. Updgrove looks at what President Obama can learn from the presidents who have come before him.
Second Acts: A look at how our modern presidents have used their post-White House years to enhance their legacies

Praise for Baptism by Fire

"Once again Mark Updegrove has written an incisive slice of U.S. presidential history. Fire ratchets up harrowing memories of our leaders from George Washington to Gerald Ford. A wonderful read."
—Douglas Brinkley is Professor of History at Rice University

"Mark Updegrove's Baptism by Fire is a splendid companion to John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage.”
—Patricia O'Toole, author of When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends

"At a moment of surpreme peril, Lincoln told us, 'The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.' As Mark Updegrove vividly demonstrates in this superbly written volume, Lincoln was hardly unique in meeting the test he set out. . . .I can't imagine a more timely or original way of seeing ourselves."
—Richard Norton Smith, Scholar in Residence, George Mason University