Interviews

Finding the Man Within the Myth with Alexis Coe

Finding the Man Within the Myth with Alexis Coe

We have a tendency to regard many of our U.S. Presidents as heroes, illuminating the ways in which they shaped our nation for the good, that we often gloss over their missteps. Historians piece together facts and details to fill in the gaps of the bigger picture, but how often are our interpretations colored by our own lived experiences and perceptions? Today, Sharon speaks with presidential historian Alexis Coe, who talks about her goal as a historian to tell the whole story. Listen in to learn some fun–and maybe not so fun–facts about our first president, George Washington.

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  • Host: Sharon McMahon
  • Executive Producer: Heather Jackson
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

Guest

Guest

Alexis Coe

Alexis Coe is an American presidential historian. She is the New York Times bestselling author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George of Washington, now out in paperback. Alexis is the first woman historian to write a biography of Washington in over a hundred years, and the only woman in over four decades. Her first book, the award-winning Alice+Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis, has been optioned. She is working on a third book on young John F. Kennedy for Crown and, thanks to a grant from Substack, launched Study Marry Kill, a newsletter, in December 2020. Alexis was a consulting producer on and appeared in Doris Kearns Goodwin's Washington series the History Channel. She frequently appears on live television and in documentaries on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, History, BBC, and PBS. She hosted the podcast "No Man's Land" and co-hosted "Presidents Are People, Too!" Alexis lives in New York.