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 an Emmy for best documentary.
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 fifty states and more than forty countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and he has collected, to date, an estimated 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and emails) from every war in U.S. history. The Legacy Project is now the Center for American War Letters and is based at Chapman University.
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 profiled on NBC’s Nightly News, CNN, FOX News, PBS, The History Channel, NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and he was featured as a “Person of the Week” on ABC’s World News Tonight. Andrew has also been a contributing editor to numerous publications, including the New Yorker and TIME (cover story), and his op-eds and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Details, US Airways Magazine, and National Geographic, and he is a regular columnist for American History magazine. Many of the aforementioned publications have also profiled Andrew’s efforts, including National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and virtually every major local newspaper across the country.
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 lives in Washington, D.C., and Orange, California, where he is the director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.