Douglas Brinkley currently is a professor of history at Rice University and CNN Presidential Historian. He is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. CNN has declared Brinkley as “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive”. Six of Brinkley’s books have been selected as New York Times “Notable Books of the Year”. A number of his most recent publications have become New York Times best sellers including The Reagan Diaries (2007) and The Great Deluge (2006). He won the Benjamin Franklin Award for The American Heritage History of the United States (1998) and the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize for Driven Patriot (1993).