Alan Axelrod

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Alan Axelrod
Born1952 (age 70–71)
Notable worksElizabeth I: CEO

Alan Axelrod (born 1952) is a prolific author of history, business and management books.[1] As of October 2018, he had written more than 150 books.[2] Axelrod resides in Atlanta, Georgia.[3]

Axelrod received his doctorate in English from the University of Iowa in 1979,[4] specializing in the literature and culture of colonial America and the early republic of the United States. He has taught at Lake Forest College and Furman University, worked as a publishing executive, and has been a consultant to historical museums, cultural institutions, television's Civil War Journal, the WB Network, and the Discovery Channel.[4][5]

Press interviews and quotations[edit]

In Inc. magazine, in 2004, Mike Hofman interviewed Alan Axelrod for an article entitled Alan Axelrod, Business Book Juggernaut. Hofman mentioned Axelrod's two top sellers at the time Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I CEO. He asked Axelrod about the topics of two new books on business ethics and business etiquette. He also asked how Axelrod chose subjects of biographies.[6]

The Kirkus Review of Patton on Leadership describes the book as a "compact but insightful volume" and "concise yet in-depth look at a fascinating man whose myth, in many ways, outshines the facts." The review concludes: "Like Patton at his best: polished, precise and persuasive."[7]

In an article in Huffington Post on April 10, 2012, updated June 10, 2012, Rabbi Alan Lurie quoted Encyclopedia of Wars by Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod for the identification of only 123 of 1763 wars listed in the book as involving "a religious cause, accounting for less than 7 percent of all wars and less than 2 percent of all people killed in warfare."[8]

Axelrod was quoted several times by John Brandon in the June 7, 2012 article in Popular Mechanics entitled How Assassin's Creed III Re-created the Revolutionary War because Axelrod was the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the American Revolution.[9]

Brian Doherty interviewed Axelrod for an article in Reason Online about the use of propaganda to persuade the American public to support intervention in World War I. Axelrod discussed the role of George Creel, head of the Committee on Public Information, formed during Woodrow Wilson's second term in office.[10]

In an article posted online June 30, 2016 and updated September 28, 2016, WFMZ-TV 69 News (Allentown, Pennsylvania), 69News discussed the release of two children's books illustrated by historical artist Mort Kunstler.[11] One of them, "The Revolutionary War 1775-1783," has "text by Alan Axelrod, renowned historian and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, What Every American Should Know About American History."[11]

Jim Michaels interviewed Axelrod for an article in USA Today about the United States Marine Corps at the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I.[12] The battle proved that the Marines were well trained as a modern fighting force and with skill and courage stopped the Germans from advancing on Paris.[12] Axelrod had written a book about the battle.[13]

Conference speaker[edit]

Axelrod was a featured speaker at the 2004 Conference on Excellence in Government in Washington, DC. He has also been a speaker at the Leadership Institute of Columbia College (South Carolina) in Columbia, South Carolina, and at the 2005 Annual Conference of the Goizueta School of Business, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also spoke at the 2014 annual conference of Ecopetrol in Bogota, Colombia.[4][14]



  • The Wild West, as creative consultant.
  • Civil War Journal, as creative consultant


  1. ^ Penguin Random House author page. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  2. ^ [1] Lynn Ware Peek, The Mountain Life - Alan Axelrod - The Disruptors on KPCW web site, October 10, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Macmillan Publishers author page Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Lyons Press author page Archived 2019-07-06 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  5. ^ Abbeville Press author page. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  6. ^ [2] Mike Hofman, Alan Axelrod, Business Book Juggernaut. Inc., June 1, 2004. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  7. ^ [3] Patton on Leadership. Kirkus Reviews Issue: December 15, 2005, posted online June 24, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  8. ^ [4] Is Religion the Cause of Most Wars? Rabbi Alan Lurie, Huffington Post, April 10, 2012, updated June 10, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  9. ^ [5] John Brandon, How Assassin's Creed III Re-created the Revolutionary War. Popular Mechanics, June 7, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  10. ^ [6] Brian Doherty, How America Was Sold on World War: Remembering George Creel, the founder of modern war propaganda. Reason, April 3, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  11. ^ a b [7] Künstler takes kids on visual journey of American history with book series. 69News, September 28, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  12. ^ a b [8] Jim Michaels, At Belleau Wood, Marines saved Paris, proved mettle during WWI. USA Today, April 3, 2017, update April 4, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  13. ^ Axelrod, Alan. Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-59921-025-4. (Originally published in hardcover 2007).
  14. ^ 'Alan Axelrod, Ph.D' at World Class Speakers & Entertainers. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  15. ^ [9] Encyclopedia of Wars - 3 Volume Set (Facts on File Library of World History) on

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