Walter Borneman: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Walter Borneman

Award-Winning Author & American Historian

“My overriding goal in writing history has been to get the facts straight and then present them in a readable fashion. I am convinced that knowing history is not just about appreciating the past, but also about understanding the present and planning for the future.”

Walter R. Borneman is one of America’s most prominent historical authors. In his most recent publication, The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King, The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea, Borneman provides an in-depth study of America’s four fleet admirals. The Admirals is a finalist for the 2013 Samuel Eliot Morison Award. This honor recognizes an author who by his published writings has made a substantial contribution to the preservation of the history and traditions of the United States Navy.

Borneman’s next book, American Spring: Lexington, Concord and the Road to Revolution, is set to be released in April 2014. It follows the tumultuous events of 1775 from Paul Revere’s little-known ride of December 1774 through the first shots fired on Lexington Green and at Concord’s North Bridge and the catastrophic Battle of Bunker Hill. In today’s age, when revolution travels by tweet, it is fascinating to see how one took storm by horseback, letter, and swelling patriotism. Borneman offers a fresh perspective of these events from the accounts of the leaders as well as the ordinary citizens on both sides who were caught up in them.

As an historian and speaker Borneman is dedicated to ensuring his audiences leave presentations with a greater appreciation of the past, which he believes will allow for a better understanding of the future. At the podium, Borneman fascinates audiences by combining his passion for history and the American West in stimulating and comprehensive discussions. Focusing on important American historical figures and meaningful moments in US expansion, Borneman brings new life to history’s forgotten names and places.

Aside from his American history perspectives, Borneman is best-known in Colorado’s mountains as the co-author of A Climbing Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners, the history and standard routes of Colorado’s 54 peaks above 14,000 feet, which was in-print for twenty-five years. Borneman served as the first chairman of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and is on the board of the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation. His collaboration with photographer Todd Caudle, 14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorado’s Highest Mountains, won a 2005 Colorado Book Award.

Borneman has undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Western State College of Colorado where he wrote his master’s thesis on a town characteristic of the western mining frontier. He was the heritage coordinator for the Colorado Centennial-Bicentennial Commission, and the assistant to the director and acting director of the Colorado Historical Society.

Previous books include: Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land, 1812: The War That Forged a Nation, The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America, Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America, and Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad.

Borneman received his law degree from the University of Denver and from 1982 to 1985 represented the Colorado Historical Society in the reconstruction of the Georgetown Loop Mining and Railroading Park in one of the West’s premiere national historic landmark districts. His books have won awards from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York, the Tennessee Library Association and Historical Commission, and the Colorado Humanities Program. His commentary has appeared in Investors’ Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King, The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
  • American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution
  • 14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorado’s Highest Mountains
  • Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

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