Larry Schweikart, a native Arizonian, went to Arizona State University and received a BA in Political Science, then went on the road with several different rock bands, opening for such 60s/70s acts as Steppenwolf and the James Gang. He abruptly decided he wanted to be a history professor, and received an MA from ASU in history, then a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Since 1985 he has taught at the University of Dayton. Schweikart’s best selling books include Seven Events that Made America America, 48 Liberal Lies About American History, and his #1 NYTimes bestseller, with Mike Allen, A Patriot’s History of the United States. Recently he completed a history of the modern world with Dave Dougherty, A Patriot’s History of the Modern World in two volumes. He has been on almost all media, from Al-Jazeera to Glenn Beck, from Tavis Smiley to Rush Limbaugh.
Since 2009, he has been a film producer. His documentary, “Rockin’ the Wall,” about rock music’s part in bringing down the Iron Curtain, appeared on PBS, and his current project, “Other Walls 2 Fall,” featuring Yanni, Clint Black, Busta Rhymes, and a heavy metal band from inside Tehran, is now starting to show nationally.