Cormac H. O'Brien          

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Cormac O'Brien on Anderson Cooper
Watch Cormac discussing the First Ladies on Anderson Cooper 360

NPR: All Things Considered
Cormac talks about Outnumbered on NPR's All Things Considered

NPR: Weekend Edition
Listen to Cormac discussing Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents on NPR's Weekend Edition


If those who fail to remember the past are bound to repeat it, as the saying goes, Cormac O'Brien's purpose in writing about history is more straightforward: to him, history is inherently engrossing and discovering it is its own reward.

Since 2003 Cormac has published books on everything from natural disasters to U.S. presidents, from ancient empires to the American Civil War, bringing a distinctive voice to chapters of the human story that are as fascinating as they are significant. He has spoken at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and made appearances on NPR, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, and other venues. Born and raised in western New York State, he lives in New Jersey with his wife, Lauren, and their daughter, Berit.


Cormac H. O'Brien


Published Works Click on a book cover for detailed information.

Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents
Secret Lives of the First Ladies
Secret Lives of the Civil War
The Forgotten History of America
The Fall of Empires