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Jon Meacham


Jon Meacham is the co-anchor of Need to Know, the former editor of Newsweek, a Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author and a commentator on history, politics and religion in America. His book, “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestseller list and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author two other New York Times bestsellers — “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation” and “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship.” FULL PROFILE»


Video: Drawing parallels between Afghanistan and Vietnam

Jon Meacham calls upon Senator John Kerry to revisit a role he played 40 years ago, when Kerry took to the Senate floor to question the morality of the Vietnam War. Meacham revisits Kerry’s arguments and asks him to assess the war in Afghanistan.


Video: Hope and sacrifice

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers how past presidents have inspired national sacrifice — and what’s needed to revive hope for the present.


Video: When presidents could be bold

In this essay, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham remembers a time when our leaders could tackle the nation’s problems honestly and realistically.


Video: Dunkirk 70 years on: ‘We shall never surrender’

Jon Meacham reflects on the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s Dunkirk speech, in which he rallied Great Britain and set the tone for candor in government.


Video: A Memorial Day at war

American troops have fought for nine years in Afghanistan and more than seven in Iraq, but many Americans hardly notice that their country is at war. That’s worth remembering this Memorial Day. An essay by Jon Meacham.


Getting out of Afghanistan: An interview with Brett McGurk

Brett McGurk negotiated the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq. In this interview, he talks about a similar agreement for Afghanistan.


Video: A new season of hate in America

When political rhetoric crosses the line and turns to violence.