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Edwin S. Grosvenor

Edwin S. Grosvenor is the Editor-in-Chief of American Heritage and Invention & Technology Magazines. He is also the editor of twelve anthologies of essays that appeared in American Heritage including Men of the Revolution, HamiltonLincolnThe Civil War, The Old West  New York, World War I, Roosevelt, Churchill, and The Vietnam War, as well as anthologies from HORIZON Magazine including The Middle Ages and History's Great Confrontations.

Mr. Grosvenor co-authored a biography of his great-grandfather, Alexander Graham Bell: The Life and Times of the Inventor of the Telephone, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., and is also the co-author of 299 Things Everyone Should Know About American History.

Previously, Mr. Grosvenor was the President and Editor of Portfolio Magazine, the highest circulation fine arts publication in the U.S. at the time according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, and a nominee for the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. 

From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Grosvenor was the publisher of the literary magazine, Current Books, which published such authors as Norman Mailer, Bill Moyers, Garrison Keillor, David McCullough, Anne Tyler, and Vaclav Havel. Current Books was distributed in over 4,000 outlets making it one of the most widely distributed book-related publications in bookstores at the time. He also served as president and editorial director of Hotel Magazine Network, Inc., a publisher of magazines for business travelers with a total circulation of 330,000 copies distributed in the rooms of Marriott and Hyatt hotels.

The Grosvenor family founded the National Geographic Society, where Mr. Grosvenor worked as a photographer with assignments in such countries as Belize, Canada, France, Greece, Iceland, Kenya, Spain, Tonga, Turkey and the U.S.

Mr. Grosvenor also serves as the Historian of the Literary Society of Washington. He obtained his MBA and his MS (Journalism) degrees from Columbia University, and his BA from Yale University.

Twitter: @edwingro

Articles by Edwin Grosvenor

Interestingly, most of the 2021 books voted best by readers of American Heritage are about the Colonial and Founding eras. Read >>
He became the dean of American historians after learning his craft working five years on the staff of American Heritage. Read >>
Allied soldiers struggled for months to clear veteran German troops dug into the mountains of northern Italy in late 1944 and early 1945. Read >>
Each year, the Men’s Titanic Society gathers to honor the men who gave their lives to save women and children. Read >>
Vladimir Putin used historical references and a claim of fighting “fascism” to justify war on Ukraine, despite his own glaring Hitlerian behavior. Read >>
Welsh designer Patrick Mulder created a haunting image of Vladimir Putin with Hitler's moustache. Read >>
It was a challenging couple of months after the flood, but our offices will soon be operational again. Read >>
Hurricane Ida flooded our offices and caused enormous damage. Read >>
Jan Scruggs had the idea to create a memorial to honor 12 friends he lost in Vietnam, and the other 58,320 men and women who gave their lives. A petition has been started to ask Pres. Biden to award the Presidential Medal to Scruggs. Read >>
Here is probably the most wide-ranging look at Presidential misbehavior ever published in a magazine. Read >>
We asked ten historians in this issue to give us their assessments of Donald Trump's accomplishments, both good and bad. Read >>
Facebook and Google have repeatedly blocked American Heritage's content because they can't tell the difference between Russian trolls and a trusted, award-winning magazine. Read >>
Masks and "social distancing" are nothing new. Over the centuries, Americans have suffered terribly from smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, pellagra, influenza, polio, and other pandemics. Read >>
You can now listen to a radio play of the classic story of George Bailey co-sponsored by American Heritage. Read >>
In five appointments to the Supreme Court, Eisenhower added conservatives, moderates, and a liberal, believing the President and courts should represent all the American people. Read >>
Some New England graveyards show evidence of rituals performed to ward off bloodthirsty murderers. Read >>
Research by American Heritage found that the Royal Navy lost 24 warships sunk or heavily damaged in October 1780, which must have affected Britain's ability to fight in the months before the surrender at Yorktown. Read >>
Daisy Bonner, who cooked for Franklin Roosevelt for twenty years in the Georgia White House, recalled his favorite dish. Read >>
During the Black Panther trials in New Haven 50 years ago this summer, a remarkable group of leaders helped calm a boisterous crowd of protesters. Read >>
The year 1970 was a watershed, so we asked several thoughtful writers to reflect on key events. Read >>
The Army has named ten military bases in honor of men who killed 365,000 U.S. soldiers. Should they be renamed? Or left as they are, since the bases are part of a “Great American Heritage," as President Trump says? Read >>
Our research reveals that 19 artworks in the U.S. Capitol honor men who were Confederate officers or officials. What many of them said, and did, is truly despicable. Read >>
Both our Constitution and our historic monuments were trashed during recent protests. Read >>
Richard Reeves, Spring 2020 | Vol. 65, No. 2
The prolific author wrote several bestsellers about Presidential power.   Read >>
In looking at the restoration of the Front Parlor, we can learn a lot about the Washington family, life in Colonial America, and the art of historic preservation. Read >>
We researched all the colonial and state constitutions enacted before 1791 to find out what the Founding generation said about militias and the right to bear arms in these antecedent documents. Read >>
Given the recent tragic shootings, historians should play a role in providing dispassionate facts about the history of gun rights and gun control. Read >>
The Supreme Court left the door open for reasonable regulations of guns if Congress has the will to act. Read >>
Authentic brass “crickets” issued to American paratroopers on D-Day are now quite rare. A worldwide search recently “unearthed a lost piece of sound history” Read >>
David McCullough’s latest book tells the story of a small group of Revolutionary War veterans and pioneers who set out on an extraordinary 800-mile journey through the wilderness to establish the first settlement in the Ohio Territory.  Read >>

"Web only stories" by this contributor

Sure, parades and picnics can be fun. But the best way to remember sacrifices made for the freedoms we cherish is to read about and remember what those heroes actually accomplished. That's an important part of what American Heritage has done for 70 years: tell those important stories. Here are some… Read more >>
It's ironic that compromise has become a dirty word for many of the same politicians who profess such reverence for the Constitution and Founding Fathers. We are a nation conceived in compromise, whose very existence was saved at least three times by deals cobbled together by politicians bitterly… Read more >>