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Marc Leepson's Biography

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Middleburg, Virginia, USA
Wife, Jana Leepson
Feb 2008

Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian and author who specializes in writing about American history, the Vietnam War and Vietnam veterans.

A former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, he has been arts editor and columnist for The VVA Veteran, the magazine published by Vietnam Veterans of America, since March of 1986, when his “Arts of War” column began.

He has written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Washington Post Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Military History, Civil War Times Illustrated, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, New York Newsday, Detroit News, Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, St. Petersburg Times, and USA Today. He also was a long-time contributor to the Encyclopedia Americana Yearbook.

He is the author of seven books, most recently, Lafayette: Leadership Lessons from the Idealist General (2011), a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette for the World General series published by Palgrave/Macmillan. His book, Desperate Engagement: How a Little Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History (2007), tells the story of the Battle of Monocacy and Confederate General Jubal Early’s attack on Washington. His well-received, Flag: An American Biography (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2005), a history of the American flag from the beginnings to today, was published in 2005. His previous book was Saving Monticello: The Levy Family’s Epic Quest to Rescue the House and Jefferson Built (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2001; University of Virginia Press, paperback, 2003).

He is the editor of Webster’s New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War (Macmillan, 1998) and a contributor to The Dictionary of Virginia Biography.

            He has been interviewed on MSNBC, FOX News, The Today Show, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, All Things Considered, CNN, CNBC, Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show (NPR), On the Media, New York and Company (WNYC-FM), Irish Radio, Russian Channel One TV, and CBC (Canada).

            He has presented papers and chaired panels at academic conferences at the University of Notre Dame, Tulane University, University of Massachusetts, Texas Tech University, the College of William and Mary, and Salisbury State University. He has given presentations to students at the colleges, universities and high schools, including the University of Miami, American University, Georgetown University, Appalachian State University, the University of Maryland and Foxcroft School.

An adjunct instructor of U.S. history at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia, he earned a BA in history from George Washington University in 1967. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1967-69, including a year in the Vietnam War, he earned a Masters Degree in history from George Washington University in 1971. He lives in Middleburg, Virginia.


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