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Laurence Bergreen  

Award-winning Biographer, Historian and Author of "Columbus: The Four Voyages" and "Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe"

Laurence Bergreen brings incredible odysseys to life. His previous titles include "Columbus: The Four Voyages," "Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe," "Voyage to Mars: NASA’s Search for Life Beyond Earth," "Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life," "Capone: The Man and the Era," "As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin," and "James Agee: A Life," are each considered the definitive work on its subject.

He has written for many national publications including "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," "The Los Angeles Times," "Esquire," "Newsweek," "Details," "Prologue," "The Chicago Tribune," and "Military History Quarterly." He has taught at the New School for Social Research and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. In 1995, he served as a judge for the National Book Awards and in 1991 as a judge for the PEN/Albrand Nonfiction Award. A frequent lecturer at major universities and symposiums, and, on occasion, aboard cruise ships, he has served as a Featured Historian for the History Channel.

Mr. Bergreen graduated from Harvard University in 1972. He is a member of PEN American Center, The Explorers Club, the Authors Guild, and the Board of Trustees of the New York Society Library. He lives in New York City.


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Speech Topics

The REAL Marco Polo

Circumnavigating the World with Ferdinand Magellan: Life and Death on the High Seas

Exploring the Red Planet with NASA in the 21st Century

The Columbus No One Knows

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