Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a former special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and is now a prominent corporate and university campus speaker. A cofounder of the relief organization Mercy Corps and author of twenty-seven books, including the New York Times bestseller All the Presidents' Children, he lives near Washington, D.C., with his family. Visit his websites at and

Books by this Author

The Raising of a President
All the Presidents' Children

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Delay is death - Peter the Great

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm convinced it is a decision. I remember well the moment as a teenager when I firmly decided I was going to be happy. And although I have hurt as much as any normal person has hurt, usually because of my own mistakes, I have never forgotten that promise to myself.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Clichés.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, who was hated by many for telling us so much. And yet, the best of what we know of Lincoln we owe to Herndon.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm indecisive. Well, maybe not.

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