Rick Beyer

Rick Beyer

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Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, an award winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast.  With a take on history that is both humorous and illuminating, he has appeared on CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, NPR and Fox News.

Rick's most recent documentary film, The Ghost Army premiered nationally on PBS in 2013.  It has been honored with a CINE Golden Eagle and audience awards at several film festivals. TV Guide called it "entrancing," while the LA Times referred to it as  "fascinating, detailed, and oddly delightful." He has also produced films for The History Channel, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Historic Mount Vernon and others. His documentary credits include Expedition Apocalypse, The Wright Challenge, Secrets of Jamestown, The Patent Files and Timelab 2000, an acclaimed collection of 200 history minutes hosted by Sam Waterston.  

His most recent book is The Greatest Music Stories Never Told:  100 tales from music history to astonish, bewilder and stupefy. It is the fifth volume of his popular Greatest Stories history series. Previous titles include The Greatest Stories Never Told, The Greatest War Stories Never Told, The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told, and The Greatest Science Stories Never Told.  All are published by Harper Collins. The Chicago Tribune described the first book as "an old fashioned sweetshop full of tasty morsels," and the Army Times said of the second book: "Just when you thought you knew everything about everything, along comes Rick Beyer to prove you wrong." He and Liz Sayles are co-authoring a new book on The Ghost Army to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2015. Rick is also the author of the autobiographical non-fiction story A Plate of Peas which appears in the anthology I Thought My Father Was God and several other short story collections.

A seasoned speaker who has engaged numerous audiences, Rick’s topics include Getting to Eureka!, Adventures in History Filmmaking, and Rick’s Rules of History. His presentations are spiked with humor, creative visuals and quirky props. They have proven popular at conferences, corporations, universities, libraries and other venues. Recent venues include the Music Teachers National Association and St. Jude Children's Hospital.

He has curated a Ghost Army traveling museum exhibit, several Ghost Army art exhibits, and an ongoing exhibit for the Lexington Historical Society entitled "The Battle After the Battle: The Tug of War Between Lexington and Concord for Revolutionary Fame."

Rick has written for The History Channel Magazine, Politico.com, America in WWII, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, and other publications. He has also worked as a radio reporter, a TV news producer, an ad agency creative director, and a janitor (not in that order). And here's a few other things he's done.

•Camp for ten days in the mosquito-infested Siberian Wilderness
•Flee New Orleans the day before Katrina
•Interview Jimmy Carter in the White House
•Climb Mt. Washington 5 times
•Get called stupid by David Brinkley
•Be consoled by Mary Tyler Moore
•Marry a beautiful woman during a lightning storm

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Rick currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife (see above.). He can occasionally be found in colonial attire giving tours of historic Buckman Tavern on Lexington Common.

updated: 2 years ago