Jay Winik

Former Regular Reviewer of History at The Wall Street Journal, Inc.

Jay Winik

Jay Winik

Former Regular Reviewer of History at The Wall Street Journal, Inc.

Biography

Jay Winik, regarded as “one of the nation's leading public historians” (the Baltimore Sun), is renowned for his gifted and creative approaches to history, as well as for pioneering the genre of major turning points in history. In the New York Times distinguished historian Joseph Ellis called the award-winning writer Winik, a “born storyteller.”

His last three books, April 1865, The Great Upheaval, and 1944, have all been critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers. His April 1865 was hailed as “brilliant… Epic” by the New York Times, and “magnificent” by the Wall Street Journal and was regarded as an instant classic. It was a number #1 bestseller, known around the world, and turned into an award-winning TV special on the history Channel watched by more than 50 million people. His most recent book 1944 stimulated a broad national conversation about morality and foreign-policy; Time magazine called it “haunting,” and NBC called it “monumental.” Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal deemed The Great Upheaval “remarkable.” Winik has received rave reviews for his work and/or has been written up in such diverse places as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere.

As an historian, Winik has uniquely stood at the nexus of history and public policy. He has been widely consulted by presidents of both parties, the vice president, senators, Cabinet officers, and Supreme Court justices, for his insights into lessons from history on current foreign policy issues. President Bill Clinton, an avid fan, has given copies of April 1865 as gifts and discussed his works with Winik, while President George W. Bush carried April 1865 with him to Camp David following the 9/11 attacks, and had Winik into the White House for one-on-one meals and discussions. Winik appears on page one of the president’s memoirs. Winik’s readers and fans also include such celebrities as Jamie Lee Curtis and former baseball superstar Mike Piazza. The Wall Street Journal chose April 1865 as the first book that President Obama should read for his second term, and Winik has spoken with majority leaders of both parties, recently having dinner with the Senate leadership and committee chairs to discuss his work. Winik covered both historic Obama inaugurations on TV as an historian and he was an historical advisor to the National Geographic networks, including on their epic six part series in the 1980s, aired in over one hundred countries. A frequent radio and TV commentator, he has regularly appeared in all the major media outlets, from NPR to Fox News, the PBS news hour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Morning Joe, C-SPAN, Booknotes, the Charlie Rose show, among many other places.

He is currently a commissioner on the blue-chip commission Countering Violent Extremism, which is chaired by Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. He has been a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal book review section, as well as to the New York Times.

Born in Connecticut, Winik is an honors graduate of Yale College, and holds an MSc with distinction from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from Yale. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians, and serves or served on the governing Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a presidential appointment, as well as the boards for American Heritage magazine and the journal World Affairs. He is also or has been a trustee or advisory board member for Ford's Theatre, National History Day, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Potomac School, among numerous other places, and is a nominator for the largest humanities prize in the world.

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Former President at American Battlefield Trust

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Faculty Member, Political Thought & Philosophy at Hertog Foundation, Inc.

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Director of Finance & Administration at Ford's Theatre Society

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Member, Advisory Board at Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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Former Executive Chairman at Ford's Theatre Society

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Trustee at American Battlefield Trust

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Former President at Farmers & Merchants Bank (Upperco, Maryland)

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Former Treasurer at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

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Former Regular Reviewer of History at The Wall Street Journal, Inc.
Education
B.A.

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

M.Sc

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

Ph.D.

Yale University School of Medicine provides higher education and professional qualifications related to the health industry. It offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and a Master of Medical Science (M.M.Sc.) degree through the Yale Physician Associate Program for prospective physician assistants. Public health degrees are administered through the Yale School of Public Health. It also provides joint degree programs with other disciplines at Yale, including the M.D/Juris Doctor (J.D.) in conjunction with Yale Law School; the M.D./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in conjunction with the Yale School of Management; the M.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in conjunction with the Yale School of Public Health; science or engineering in conjunction with the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (M.D./Ph.D.); and the M.D./Master of Divinity (M.Div) in conjunction with Yale Divinity School. Yale University School of Medicine carries out its practical teaching through the Yale-New Haven Hospital. It includes 62 National Academy of Sciences members, 40 Institute of Medicine investigators, and 16 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. It has 718 students and 2,451 academic staff. It was founded in 1810 as The Medical Institution of Yale College, and formally opened its doors in 1813. Yale University School of Medicine is based in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Career History
Regular Reviewer of History
Current

The Wall Street Journal, Inc. publishes newspapers and periodicals. It covers international business, financial news, and issues of the United States. The company was established in 1889 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Contributor, Book Review Section
Current

The New York Times Co. is a media organization, which engages in creating, collecting, and distributing news and information. It includes newspapers, print, and digital products and investments and operates through The New York Times, NYTimes.com, and mobile applications. The company was founded by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones on September 18, 1851 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Historian-in-Residence
Prior - 2018

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member of the Board of Advisors
Current
Councillor of the National Council on the Humanities
2006 - 2012

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants: strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges facilitate research and original scholarship provide opportunities for lifelong learning preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources strengthen the institutional base of the humanities Since 1965, the Endowment has opened new worlds of learning for the American public with noteworthy projects such as: Seven thousand books, 16 of which have won Pulitzer Prizes, and 20 of which have received the Bancroft Prize. The Civil War, the landmark documentary by Ken Burns viewed by 38 million Americans The Library of America editions of novels, essays, and poems celebrating America’s literary heritage The United States Newspaper Project, which cataloged and microfilmed 63.3 million pages of historic newspapers, paved the way for the National Digital Newspaper Program and its digital repository, Chronicling America Annual support for 56 states and territories to help support some 56,000 lectures, discussions, exhibitions and other programs each year

Trustee
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The Potomac School is an independent private day school in McLean, Virginia, United States, located on one 90-acre (36 ha) campus, three miles (5 km) from Washington, D.C.

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2012

The Potomac School is an independent private day school in McLean, Virginia, United States, located on one 90-acre (36 ha) campus, three miles (5 km) from Washington, D.C.

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2011

The Potomac School is an independent private day school in McLean, Virginia, United States, located on one 90-acre (36 ha) campus, three miles (5 km) from Washington, D.C.

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2010

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

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