Alan Axelrod is the author of many history and military history books, including Eisenhower on Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Patton: A Biography, edited by General Wesley Clark (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), A Political History of America's Wars (CQ Press, 2006), Encyclopedia of the United States Armed Forces (Facts on File, 2005) America's Wars (John Wiley, 2002), Congressional Quarterly's American Treaties and Alliances (CQ Press, 2000), and Patton on Leadership: Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare (Prentice-Hall Press, 1999).
He has served as consultant to Siemens AG (Munich, Germany), Earl Swensson and Associates Architects (Nashville), Richard E. Steele, Jr. and Associates (Atlanta), and Saint Joseph¿s Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia), as well as numerous museums and cultural institutions, including The Henry Ford (Dearborn, Michigan), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum (Rochester, New York), the Airman Memorial Museum (Suitland, Maryland), and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware). A sought-after speaker, he has been featured at the Conference on Excellence in Government (Washington, D.C.), the Leadership Institute of Columbia College (Columbia, South Carolina), the Annual Conference of the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University (Atlanta), and elsewhere. Axelrod has been a creative consultant (and on-camera personality) for The Wild West television documentary series (Warner Bros., 1993), Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and The Discovery Channel, and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNNfn, CNBC, and the major broadcast networks as well as many radio news and talk programs, including National Public Radio. He and his work have been featured in such magazines as BusinessWeek, Fortune,TV Guide, Men¿s Health, Cosmopolitan, Inc., and Atlanta Business Chronicle.
After receiving his Ph.D. in English (specializing in early American literature and culture) from the University of Iowa in 1979, Axelrod taught early American literature and culture at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois) and at Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina). He then entered scholarly publishing in 1982 as associate editor and scholar with the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware), an institution specializing in the history and material culture of America prior to 1832. He was a publishing executive in New York City from 1984 to 1991 and a partner in creative services firm until 1994, when he become director of development for Turner Publishing, Inc. (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In 1997, he founded The Ian Samuel Group, Inc., a creative services and book-packaging firm. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Anita, and son, Ian.