Fredrik Logevall

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embers of War and Vietnam War historian

  • About Fredrik Logevall

    Fredrik Logevall is an award-winning, renowned historian, accomplished educator, and prolific writer on the Vietnam War. His epic and groundbreaking book, Embers of WarThe Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, won both the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History and the prestigious Parkman Prize, which deemed it an “extraordinary work of modern history.” The book draws on more than a decade of research, accessing sources and archives on three continents never before tapped. In Embers of War, Logevall takes us inside the councils of war and gives us a seat at the conference tables where peace talks founder. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina—and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history. An epic story of wasted opportunities and tragic miscalculations, featuring an extraordinary cast of larger-than-life characters, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the many questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another.

    In addition to his prolific writing career, Logevall is also the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor of history at Cornell University, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. He is a popular speaker at lecture series, colleges and universities, and historical organizations across the United States. In addition to his expertise in all aspects of the Vietnam War, his in-depth knowledge of international relations and foreign policy allows him to skillfully draw parallels between history and modern day—inspiring audiences and encouraging dialogue about the lessons we can learn from the past.

  • Speaking Topics

    Embers of War: The Meaning of the Vietnam War

    Vietnam to Afghanistan: How Does History Repeat Itself?

    Obama and the World in Historical Perspective

    The Uses of History: Presidents and the Past

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  • Praise for Fredrik Logevall

    Fred Logevall’s visit was fantastic—every bit as good as anticipated! The lecture hall for his talk was jammed to capacity—we actually had to steer some people into an overflow room where we had a live video feed. In addition to a strong turnout from faculty and students, there were also quite a lot of Dartmouth alums and other local residents (including some Vietnam veterans) who attended. The feedback about the talk was uniformly positive, both with regards to the content and to Fred’s skills as a presenter.

    Dartmouth College

    The lecture was wonderful and it was an absolute pleasure to host Fred Logevall. We have nothing but rave reviews from all who attended and met him.

    Ohio Northern University

    Praise for Embers of War

    [Embers of War]…is the most comprehensive history of that time. Logevall, a professor of history at Cornell University, has drawn from many years of previous scholarship as well as his own. And he has produced a powerful portrait of the terrible and futile French war from which Americans learned little as they moved toward their own engagement in Vietnam.

    Alan Brinkley, The New York Times Book Review

    A monumental history . . . a widely researched and eloquently written account of how the U.S. came to be involved in Vietnam . . . certainly the most comprehensive review of this period to date.

    The Wall Street Journal

    Embers of War is simply an essential work for those seeking to understand the worst foreign-policy adventure in American history. . . .

    The Christian Science Monitor

    Fredrik Logevall has gleaned from American, French, and Vietnamese sources a splendid account of France's nine-year war in Indochina and the story of how the American statesmen of the period allowed this country to be drawn into the quagmire.

    Neil Sheehan, author of A Bright Shining Lie, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
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