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Andrew Carroll

Presidential Fellow in American War Letters
Founding Director of the Center for American War Letters
Leatherby Libraries
Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts


Andrew Carroll is the editor of several New York Times bestsellers, including War Letters, Letters of a Nation, and Behind the Lines. War Letters inspired the critically acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name, and the audio version of the book was nominated for a Grammy in the “Spoken Word” category.

Andrew also edited, on a pro bono basis, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families. The book inspired the film “Operation Homecoming,” which was nominated for an Oscar and won Emmy Awards in 2007 for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound” and “Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form.”

Andrew was the co-founder, with the late Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky, of the American Poetry & Literacy Project, which distributed free poetry books throughout the U.S. The APL Project handed out more than 1,000,000 books in schools, hospitals, train stations, airports, hotels, jury waiting rooms, and other public places.

In 1998, Andrew founded the Legacy Project, an all-volunteer initiative that honors veterans and active-duty troops by preserving their wartime correspondence. Andrew has traveled to all 50 states and more than 40 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and he has collected, to date, an estimated 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and emails) from every war in U.S. history. Andrew donated this massive collection, free of charge, to Chapman University. The Legacy Project has been re-named “The Center for American War Letters,” and is now part of Chapman University. The Center’s mission is to continue to collect, preserve, and promote extraordinary war-related correspondences so that this generation and those to come will better understand the sacrifices and experiences of U.S. troops, veterans, and their loved ones.

Andrew is also the author of the play, “If All the Sky Were Paper,” which began touring the United States in August 2013. The play is based on his worldwide search for the most extraordinary war letters ever written.

In 2001, Andrew revived the “Armed Services Editions” (ASEs), which are pocket-sized editions of bestselling books given to servicemen and women during World War II. Andrew began working with major publishers in 2000 to reissue them, and he has distributed 500,000 free ASEs to U.S. troops around the world, including thousands of books he personally handed out in Baghdad and Kabul.

Andrew has been a contributing editor to numerous publications, including the New Yorker and Time, and his op-eds and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Details, USA Today, AARP Bulletin, and National Geographic.

Andrew has spoken at countless major venues, including the Library of Congress, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, National Book Festival, Columbia University, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Princeton University, U. S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, American Red Cross, U.S. Air Force Academy, Atlanta History Center, New York Historical Society, and San Diego Historical Society.

A 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University, Andrew has received, among other accolades, the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Medal of Honor; The Order of Saint Maurice, bestowed by the National Infantryman’s Association; The Free Spirit Award, presented by the Freedom Forum; and the Chairman’s Medal from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest award given by the chairman of the NEA.

Andrew’s most recent book is Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History, published by Crown Archetype, May 14, 2013 (www.HereIsWhere.org).

Andrew lives in Washington, D.C., and Orange, California, where he serves as the Founding Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.