Mark K. Updegrove is an author, historian, and the inaugural CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum, to be built along the Charleston harbor in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He previously served as the director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas from 2009 through February 2017.

Updegrove’s accomplishments as the LBJ Library director include supervising a $11 million redesign of the library’s core exhibits, which resulted in significant increases in the library’s visitorship. Additionally, he raised the profile of the library by bringing in speakers such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Sandra Day O’Connor, Eric Holder, Julián Castro, John Glenn, John Lewis, Hank Aaron, Bob Schieffer, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Cokie Roberts, Robert Gates, Karl Rove, David Axelrod, Bryan Cranston, Woody Harrelson, Rob Reiner, Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, and Richard Linklater.

In 2016, Updegrove hosted the Vietnam War Summit, a substantive, unvarnished look at the most controversial facet of President Johnson’s legacy. Summit speakers included John Kerry, Henry Kissinger, and Ken Burns. Perhaps most notably, in 2014, Updegrove planned the Civil Rights Summit, which included Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and a host of civil rights luminaries.

His upcoming book, The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, will be published by HarperCollins in November 2017. His other works include: Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House (2006); Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis (2009); Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency (2012); and, Destiny of Democracy: the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library (2015).

He has written for The New York TimesAmerican HeritageThe NationNational GeographicParadePoliticoTexas MonthlyThe Daily Beast, and TIME. And, he currently is an analyst for ABC News on matters relating to the presidency.

BOOKS

Updegrove is currently working on The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, to be published by HarperCollins in November 2017.

Destiny of Democracy:
The Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library

Indomitable Will:
LBJ In The Presidency

Baptism by Fire:
Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis

Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies
After the White House

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