Michael K. Bohn

Michael Bohn has written four nonfiction books: Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room (Brassey’s, Inc, 2003); The Achille Lauro Hijacking: Lessons in the Politics and Prejudice of Terrorism (Brassey’s, Inc., 2005); Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin’ on Birdies (Potomac Books, 2007); and Heroes & Ballyhoo: How the Golden Age of the 1920s Transformed American Sports (Potomac Books, 2010). Golf Digest judged Money Golf as one of the seven best golf books of 2007. His newest book Presidents in Crisis: Tough Decisions from Truman to Obama (Skyhorse, 2014) will be released on February 3, 2015.

A freelance writer, Mr. Bohn regularly contributes features to McClatchy Newspapers, the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, and the Connection Newspaper Group in Virginia. For McClatchy in 2011, for example, he wrote an insider’s account of the operations of the White House Situation Room during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In a similar vein, Mr. Bohn wrote a fiftieth-anniversary retrospective on the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis for McClatchy in October 2012. He included personal anecdotes from the families of the men advising President John Kennedy during the tense, thirteen-day standoff. Most recently, in August 2013, Mr. Bohn wrote a feature article for the Washington Post magazine about the history of the Washington-Moscow Hot Line. He assisted President Reagan in the last substantive use of the Hot Line in December 1985.

Additionally, Mr. Bohn writes 15-20 sports features annually for McClatchy and their news wire service. His topics have included the Super Bowl, NCAA March Madness, U.S. Opens in tennis and golf, the Indianapolis 500, Army-Navy Football, and PGA Tour finances.

Mr. Bohn has appeared in six recent TV documentaries, including History Channel’s The President’s Book of Secrets in 2011 and America’s Book of Secrets in 2012. He is featured in Discovery Channel’s 2012 special about the secret facilities and procedures that protect the president and senior government leaders in the event of an attack on Washington.

As a career U.S. Navy intelligence officer, Mr. Bohn served in Vietnam, aboard ships at sea, in sensitive intelligence assignments, and twice at the White House. He was a military social aide to President Nixon and managed the White House Situation Room for President Reagan. In the latter role, Mr. Bohn and his staff wrote twice-daily summaries of world events for the president and his senior advisers. He managed crisis management support to President Reagan throughout dozens of terrorist incidents, international “situations,” and domestic tragedies. He earned a BA and MA in political science at Texas Tech.

Read more about Michael and his work at www.bohnbooks.com

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