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Rick Beyer

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Rick Beyer is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast. His independent documentary, The Ghost Army, premiered on PBS in 2013. It tells the story of an extraordinary WWII unit that used creativity and illusion to fool the Germans. He also co-authored a bestselling book on the unit, and is president of the Ghost Army Legacy Project, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of the unit. He spearheaded the lobbying effort that convinced Congress to award the unit a Congressional Gold Medal. Rick has produced numerous other documentaries and is the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books.

Rick co-hosts the History Happy Hour livestream with Chris Anderson. It streams live every Sunday at 4PM ET on the History Happy Hour Facebook and Youtube pages, and is now available as a podcast

He makes numerous media appearances and frequently speaks to audiences on subjects that include innovation, filmmaking, and the quirky tales that make history come alive. He has written for Politico, The Hill, the History Channel Magazine, America in WWII and other publications.


Rick leads history tours each year for Stepeh Ambrose Historical Tours. His D-Day tour in May/June 2024 is sold out, but there is still room on the "Road to Yorktown" tour that covers the final campaign of the American Revolution, October 12-20 2024. Come join us!