Scott Waxman, The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, 212-675-5556
A.J. Baime is a New York Times Bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, a public speaker, and occasional on-screen personality. In addition to The Accidental President, his books include The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Both these latter books are in development as major motion pictures, and both won the Ken Purdy Award as best piece of writing of the year, from the International Motor Press Association. A.J. is also a weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He writes the “My Ride” stories that appear in the Life & Arts section, about the love affair between people and their vehicles.
After earning a B.A. at UNH and M.A. in literature from NYU, A.J. moved into journalism by writing stories for the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Popular Science, and other publications. He is a former executive editor at Boston, Maxim, and Playboy magazines, respectively, and a former contributing editor to Road & Track. He became a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal in 2010, penning news, business, travel, and feature stories. A.J. has been a featured speaker at the National Writers Series in Traverse City, Michigan; the World War II Museum in New Orleans; the 92nd Street Y in New York; the FDR Literary Festival at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York; the Chicago Printers Row Literary Festival; and at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. He has appeared on numerous national TV stations including CNBC and MSNBC; in various documentary films and TV shows such as The 24 Hour War and Jay Leno’s Garage; and as a host and racecar driver in online documentary pieces for Time Inc’s TheDrive.com and Playboy.com.
A.J. lives in northern California with his family. He is an avid fan of skiing, biking, running, music, cars, tech, wine, beer, and travel.