||A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. (August 2009)|
June 20, 1945 |
Newark, New Jersey
|Occupation||Journalist, historian, author.|
Master's, European History
|Alma mater||George Washington University|
|Notable work(s)||Desperate Engagement
Flag: An American Biography
Marc Leepson (born June 20, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American journalist, historian, and author. His books include Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011); Desperate Engagement: How a Little Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C. and Changed American History (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007); Flag: An American Biography (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2005); Saving Monticello (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2001, hardcover; University of Virginia Press, 2003, paperback); and Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War(Macmillan, 1998).
Leepson was educated at Hillside High School in Hillside, New Jersey (Class of 1963) and George Washington University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1967 and his Master's degree in European History in 1971. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1967 and served for two years, including a year (December 1967-December 1968) in the Vietnam War with the 527th Personnel Service Company in Qui Nhon. He received his honorable discharge in 1969.
Leepson was a staff writer at Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1986. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1986. He is Senior Writer, Arts Editor and columnist for The VVA Veteran, the magazine published by Vietnam Veterans of America since 1986.
His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and Smithsonian, Preservation, and Military History magazines. He has been interviewed many times on radio and television, including on The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, PBS-TV's History Detectives, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Studio 360, To The Point, Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, The BBC Newshour, Russian Channel 1 TV (RTV),Irish Radio, and CBC (Canada).
Since the early 1990s he has been active in many non-profit groups. That includes board memberships on the Middleburg (Virginia) Library Advisory Board (President and Vice President), the Loudoun County (Virginia) Library Board of Trustees, the Library of Virginia Foundation (Treasurer), the Virginia State Library Board, the Friends of Thomas Balch Library, the YMCA of Loudoun County (Virginia), the Goose Creek Association (Secretary), and the Mosby Heritage Area Association (Secretary, Vice President, President). He teaches U.S. history at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia.
In 2013, he was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Biographers International Organization (BIO).
Leepson lives in Loudoun County, Virginia. He and his wife, Janna (Murphy) Leepson, have two children, Devin and Cara. He also has a brother, R. Evan Leepson.
- Marc Leepson’s official website
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- Pritzker Military Library, March 8, 2008, talk on Desperate Engagement, Podcast and video
- Book TV Battlefield Tour Documentary, January 2008, C-SPAN2 video
- Flag Day 2005 interview, NPR's All Things Considered
- "New Book Traces History of American Flag", "The Beardsley Report," on Voice of America, July 4, 2005
- "Capture the Flag", NPR's On the Media, June 30, 2006
- Live Chat on Saving Monticello Transcription washingtonpost.com, November 19, 2001