Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson is the best-selling author of the Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the US military’s role in the liberation of Europe in World War II. The trilogy consists of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light, which was released in May 2013. His other books include The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusadeem>. Atkinson is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, the George Polk Award, and the 2010 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

He holds a master of arts degree in English literature from the University of Chicago. He worked as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and senior editor at the The Washington Post before becoming a full-time book author. Atkinson served as the General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the US Army War College, and sits on The National WWII Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board.

Atkinson is currently working on a trilogy about the American Revolution.

Richard J. Evans, DPhil

Richard Evans is the author of the Third Reich trilogy, which consists of The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power, and The Third Reich at War. His other books include: The Third Reich in History and Memory; The Pursuit of Power: 1815–1914; Telling Lies About Hitler; and In Defense of History.

Evans has won the Wolfson Literary Award for History, the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine, the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and the Hamburg Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford; of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; and of Birkbeck College, London.

Since being called as the principal expert witness before the High Court in London during the 2000 trial Irving v. Penguin Books Ltd., his work has centered on Holocaust denial and the clash of truth and belief when history enters the courtroom, and how World War II is remembered.

Nigel Hamilton, PhD

Nigel Hamilton is a British-born biographer and historian, now a naturalized American citizen, who received the Whitbread Prize for Biography and the Templer Medal for Military History. Hamilton was elected president of BIO (Biographers International Organization) and hosted its conferences at University of Massachusetts Boston in 2010 and 2014.

His latest work is the second of his three-volume study of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as US commander in chief in World War II, Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill, 1943, which follows his 2014 book The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942. His previous works include: American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush, a group biography of the last 12 US presidents; JFK: Reckless Youth, which was made into a four-hour ABC miniseries; and his official life trilogy on British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, Monty: Final Years of the Field-Marshal, 1944–1976.

James Hornfischer

James Hornfischer is the author of three acclaimed works of WWII naval history: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour; Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruise, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivor; Neptune’s Inferno: The US Navy at Guadalcanal; and most recently, The Flood at Fleet Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944–1945.

Hornfischer’s writing career has grown out of a lifelong interest in the Pacific war. He has appeared on television on the History Channel, Fox News Channel’s War Stories with Oliver North, and C-SPAN’s BookTV.

A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States and the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an “Admiral in the Texas Navy.” A former New York book editor, Hornfischer is president of the literary agency Hornfischer Literary Management in Austin, Texas.

Richard Overy, PhD

Richard Overy was educated at Caius College, Cambridge, and taught history at Cambridge from 1972 to 1979 as a fellow from Queens' College, and from 1976 as a university assistant lecturer. From 1980 to 2004 he taught at King's College, London, where he was named professor of modern history in 1994. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1977), Fellow of the British Academy (2000), and Fellow of King's College (2003). In 2001 he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society for Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. In September 2004 he took up appointment as Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

His books include Why the Allies Won; The Bombing War: Europe 1939–1945; The Third Reich: A Chronicle; 1939: Countdown to War; Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia. In September 2017 he will publish his latest work, A New History of the Second World War.

Symposium Thursday 11/16

A full-day program featuring insights into the enigmatic leader who planned unfathomable acts against humanity: Adolf Hitler.
Hosted in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum

  • 7:30 am – 8:00 pm

    Courtesy shuttle between The National WWII Museum and the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am

    Registration and continental breakfast

  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am

    Opening Remarks

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Hitler’s Rise and the Coming of the Third Reich

    Richard Evans, DPhil

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am

    Break and book signing

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Hitler in Power: 1939–1945

    Hitler’s Reich: Ruler of Germany and Europe Gerhard Weinberg, PhD

    Leading to Defeat: Hitler as Warlord James Holland

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Break with boxed lunch and book signing

  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Weaponizing Humor: Hitler in Satire

    Alexandra Richie, DPhil Conrad Crane, PhD

  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

    Break and book signing

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Plots Against Hitler

    Danny Orbach, PhD

  • 4:00 pm

    Closing Remarks

Conference Thursday 11/16

Opening Reception in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Opening Keynote hosted in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum.

  • 7:30 am – 8:00 pm

    Courtesy shuttle between The National WWII Museum and the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Conference Registration

    The National WWII Museum
    Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

  • 5:00 pm Opening Reception

    Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm New Discoveries in World War II

    US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

    The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand: The German Campaigns of 1944–45 Robert M. Citino, PhD


    Program subject to change

Conference Friday 11/17

All sessions hosted at Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel

  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am

    Continental breakfast

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am The Battle for Strategy: The Anglo-American Alliance

    Alexandra Richie, DPhil – Moderator Nigel Hamilton, PhD

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am

    Break and book signing

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am The Learning Curve: Three Keys to Allied Victory

    Conrad Crane, PhD – Moderator Ty Seidule James Holland

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am

    Break and book signing

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Sink or Swim: The American Naval Commanders

    Walter Borneman – Moderator Jonathan Parshall James Hornfischer

  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

    Break with boxed lunch and book signing

  • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Dunkirk: History’s Take on the New Blockbuster Film

    Allan Millett, PhD – Moderator

    Dunkirk: Living to Fight Another Day Robert M. Citino, PhD

    The Dünkirchen Myth Jens Westemeier, DPhil

  • 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

    Break and book signing

  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Findings from the Field: Reports from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

    Keith Huxen, PhD – Moderator Michael Dolski, PhD D. Ryan Gray, PhD

  • 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

    Break and book signing

  • 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm A Conversation Between Rick Atkinson and Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD
  • 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

    Book signing

  • 5:15 pm – 8:30 pm

    Courtesy shuttle between The National WWII Museum and the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

  • 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    The National WWII Museum Open House and Reception

    Complimentary shuttle until 9:00 pm


    Program subject to change

Conference Saturday 11/18

All daytime sessions take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel

  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am

    Continental breakfast

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am MacArthur: Love Him or Hate Him

    Richard Frank Walter Borneman

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am

    Break and book signing

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Leadership From the Foxholes

    Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD – Moderator

    Stopping the Panzers: Canadian Heroes of Normandy J. Marc Milner

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am

    Break and book signing

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Keynote Speech

    Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Norman Ohler Introduction by Robert M. Citino, PhD

  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

    Break with boxed lunch and book signing

  • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Clash of Commanders: Jacob Devers, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Fight Over Strasbourg

    Col. Pete Crean – Moderator

    Jacob Devers: An Unheralded Hero J. Scott Wheeler, PhD

    Ike: The Supreme Commander Brigadier General Charles Brower, Retired

  • 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

    Break and book signing

  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Marrying the Enemy: The War Brides in America

    Günter Bischof – Moderator Kathryn Tolbert Lucy Craft Karen Kasmauski

  • 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

    Break and book signing

  • 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm The George P. Shultz Forum on World Affairs
    Taking the High Ground: Morality and Memory of the Second World War

    Donald L. Miller, PhD – Moderator Richard Overy, PhD Richard Evans, DPhil

  • 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks
  • 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

    Courtesy shuttle between The National WWII Museum and the Hyatt Regency

  • 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm The 2017 International Conference on World War II Closing Banquet

    Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
    Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.

  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Closing Keynote

    Featuring Hershel "Woody" Williams, USMC (Ret) Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient


    Program subject to change



Climb aboard living history

As a special thank you to our Conference attendees, PT-305 will go out on the water on Sunday, November 19, 2017. PT-305 rides are usually offered just on Saturdays, but this special Sunday launch is open only to Conference attendees, and is available at a reduced rate until July 3, 2017. Experience the world's only fully restored combat-veteran PT boat!

Rides will be operated at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Your visit and ride aboard PT-305 lasts approximately 90 minutes. Special rate is for conference attendees only. Regular pricing applies to PT-305 bookings after July 3, 2017. Roundtrip shuttle service to the PT-305 boathouse is available for an additional fee.

BOOK BY JULY 3 AND SAVE!! CALL TOLL FREE 877-813-3329 X 511 to book your ride after you register for the Conference.

CALL TOLL FREE 877-813-3329 X 511


US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

At a time when the freedom of the world hung in the balance, Americans answered the call. During World War II more than 16 million men and women served in uniform, and an untold number of citizens of all ages doing their part on the Home Front. Theirs are the contributions we honor in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

Exhibits, interactive experiences, and a fleet of WWII vehicles and warbirds paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war—those who answered the call of service and those who supported our fighting forces by producing vital machinery in unprecedented quantities.

This is the story of America at war on land, in the air, and at sea, told in a way that will fully engage the senses, mind, and heart.

Headquarters Hotel

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113

This AAA Four Diamond hotel features 1,193 sophisticated guestrooms with breathtaking city views and 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art event space, making it the largest hotel meeting and exhibition space in New Orleans.

Enjoy award-winning cuisine at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, Vitascope Hall, Borgne, Q Smokery & Cafe, and Pizza Consegna. Coffee and snacks are also available at the hotel’s Starbucks or Lagniappe Exchange, a 24-hour fresh market and gift shop.

With a prime downtown location, the hotel offers easy access to the Big Easy’s most exciting attractions, including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Champions Square, and The National WWII Museum. The Loyola Avenue Streetcar passes directly in front of the hotel, and the historic French Quarter and Mississippi Riverfront are located just one mile away.

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