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Rick Beyer

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Rick Beyer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, New York Times best-selling author, and long-time history enthusiast. His most recent book, Rivals Unto Death, explores the intricate thirty-year rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Rick has been researching the WWII Deception unit known as The Ghost Army for more than fifteen years. He produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army, and co-wrote (with Liz Sayles) of The Ghost Army of World War II. He is president of the Ghost Army Legacy Project and created the Ghost Army tour for Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours.

Rick has made numerous history documentaries for The History Channel, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, and others. He is the author of the The Greatest Stories Never Told series. He has shared his unique take on history with audiences around the country and appeared on CBS News, Fox News, NPR, CNN and elsewhere. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he lives in Chicago.

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