National media commentator and award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook brings history and biographies to life, making them memorable and relevant to today’s news, current events, politics, issues of faith, and modern-day life. Jane is the author of seven books, including her newest American Phoenix (May 7, 2013, Thomas Nelson).
White House Experience
Jane served former President George W. Bush as a webmaster for five years, including three in the Texas governor’s office and two years in the White House as deputy director of Internet news services. Her enthusiasm for history skyrocketed when she discovered that writing historical stories for whitehouse.gov were among the site’s most popular pages. The experience cemented her decision to passionately pursue US history topics as an author.
Jane is frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and numerous other television, radio, online, and print outlets. She has appeared in several historical documentaries and hosted an online documentary. She is a member of the National Press Club. www.janecook.com/news.htm.
Books for Adults
American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812 and the Exile that Saved American
Independence (Spring 2013, Thomas Nelson, subsidiary of HarperCollins)
Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (God and Country Press)
The Faith of America’s First Ladies (AMG)
Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan (God and Country Press, co-authored, Winner of 2010 Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America and the Branson Stars and Flag Book Award)
“Mrs. Cook does not know she is a magician. . . Amazingly I was caught up in the sights, sounds, conversations and convictions of the colonists . . . I thought I was there.”
As a public speaker, she focuses on topics that transcend generations, such courage, freedom, founding principles, patriotism, leadership, communication, and womanhood. Jane has spoken at the White House, Pentagon, Heritage Foundation, Texas Book Festival, and many universities, professional organizations, and non-profit groups.
Jane received a fellowship from the Organization of American Historians and the White House Historical Association in 2003 to conduct historical research on the White House, presidents, and first ladies. She can both "Sic’em" and "Gig’em," receiving a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.
Jane lives with her husband and three sons in Fairfax, Virginia.
Favorite Historical Quote
Benjamin Franklin once quipped “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do the things worth writing.” Many historical heroes, such as John Quincy and Louisa Adams, have done both. Jane hopes each new book is increasingly worth the reading, each speech worth the hearing, and each TV segment worth remembering.