Will Swift

Will Swift

  • Biographer: Presidents and First Ladies
  • Psychologist: Expert on Well-Being
  • Leadership Coach
Biography

Author and public speaker Will Swift offers a unique blend of skills: He is a historian, a biographer, and a practicing clinical psychologist, who specializes in cognitive and marital therapy. He offers personal coaching about how to thrive in your career and your personal life. An influential leader and a speaker on effective leadership, he has lectured at Oxford University on ... VIEW MORE

Speech Topics
  • THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD PRESIDENTIAL MARRIAGE

    Will Swift tells the story of the challenges he faced as a liberal Massachusetts Democrat being accepted in conservative ... View More

  • CURRENT PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: WHAT MAKES A GREAT LEADER?

    Using anecdotes from the failures and successes in the presidencies of Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, ... View More

  • THE LEGACIES OF OUR FIRST LADIES AND OUR PRESIDENTS: FROM THE TRUMANS TO THE OBAMAS

    What can we learn from these powerful individuals about increasing personal happiness and fostering a thriving marriage? ... View More

  • REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING WELL-BEING

    During his forty-four years practicing as a cognitive therapist, Dr. Swift has heard hundreds of stories people tell ... View More

Text Reviews
  • May 4, 2014 To Whom It May Concern, I have known and admired the work of biographer Will Swift for many years now. I write to let you know that not only do his books garner readers, but also his speaking ability has brought pleasure to many audiences. I have heard him speak at the annual conferences of Biographers International Organization, of which I was the president. He was masterful in 2013 when called upon to introduce Ron Chernow, who received our BIO Award. Unlike many authors he is comfortable before a crowd, nimble when circumstances dictate it, and a careful listener. Speakers often overlook the latter. But, perhaps because of his professional training, Will responds to the needs of an audience or to the cues of an interviewer. If you are considering as speaker for your event, I can tell you with certainty you won’t be disappointed in selecting Will Swift. Yours, James McGrath Morris James McGrath Morris is a biographer and writer of narrative nonfiction. His books include Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne’s Journey Through the Civil Rights Revolution (forthcoming); Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism; and Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is currently writing a book about the friendship between writers Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos.
  • James McGrath Morris, President of BIO - BIOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION
  • Charles L. DeFanti 40 5th Avenue New York, NY 10011-8843 April 29, 2014 The NYU Biography Seminar, of which I am a director, meets several times a year to discuss our work, research, publicity, and any other matter concerning our craft. Many of the writers in the group are probably known to you, including many Pulitzer winners. Stacy Schiff (Cleopatra, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) spoke recently, as did Alan Brinkley (Henry Luce). Kenneth Silverman, Debby Applegate, Anne Heller, Brenda Wineapple, Deirdre Bair, and Brad Gooch are other members. Guest speakers have included T.J. Stiles (Cornelius Vanderbilt), James McGrath Morris, Susan Cheever, John Turner (Brigham Young), Michael Korda, (Hero: T.E. Lawrence) and Peter Sís (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). On March 12, 2014, Will Swift brought the unusual perspective of a trained psychologist and historian to the challenges of writing a dual biography of Richard and Pat Nixon. The most interesting biographies, I feel, are revisionist ones, those which either rescue a figure from undeserved obscurity, or reverse received notions about that person. In Pat and Dick, it was the overlooked (and often ridiculed) Mrs. Nixon who emerged from the shadows as Richard Nixon’s indispensable helpmeet, wise counsellor, and lifelong love. Dr. Swift’s research methods are formidable by any standard, and his discussion was as charming and lucid as any we had enjoyed. Of course, his reputation had already been sealed as a fine speaker, on CNN, radio, and in many personal appearances. His other biographies, including The Roosevelts and the Royals and The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm feature the same meticulous research and elegant writing as Pat and Dick. As a speaker, Dr. Swift is guaranteed to draw large audiences, specialized, general or both. I would love to have him join our group, as his warmth and curiosity enliven any discussion. I look forward to hearing him again soon. Sincerely, Charles L. DeFanti, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of English, 212-477-3794, senseiny@rcn.com
  • CHARLES DEFANTI, DIRECTOR - THE NYU BIOGRAPHY SEMINAR
  • President Premiere Speakers Bureau 109 International Drive Franklin, Tennessee 37067 Dear Duane: Dr. Will Swift launched his book Pat and Dick: The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in January of 2014 at a formal ceremony commemorating the 101st birthday of America’s 37th President. In an engaging presentation, Dr. Swift examined the public and private lives of President and Mrs. Nixon through the context of their 53-year marriage. With extensive research and the use of newly released courtship letters between the couple, he explores the relationship with great depth. His background as a psychologist allows him to provide a humanizing and modern look at President and Mrs. Nixon, just as he has done with historical figures such as the Kennedys, Roosevelts and the British Royal Family. I recommend featuring Dr. Swift in your extraordinary roster of America’s best speakers. Best, Sandy Quinn President The Richard Nixon Foundation
  • SANDY QUINN, DIRECTOR - THE NIXON FOUNDATION
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