Max Holland is a journalist, author, and editor of Washington Decoded, an online publication.
A 1972 graduate of Antioch College, he is a contributing editor to The Nation and the Wilson Quarterly, and sits on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. He is the author, editor, or co-author of six books, most recently Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat (University Press of Kansas, March 2012) and Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis (Texas A&M University Press, September 2012).
His articles have appeared in a variety of general and scholarly publications, including the Atlantic
Monthly, American Heritage, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, BostonGlobe, Baltimore Sun, Studies in Intelligence, the Journal of Cold War Studies, Reviews in American History, and online at History News Network. He has also received numerous grants in support of his research and writing, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
In 2001, Holland won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, bestowed jointly by Harvard University's Nieman Foundation and the Columbia University School of Journalism, for a forthcoming narrative history of the Warren Commission, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. That same year he won a Studies in Intelligence Award from the Central Intelligence Agency, the first writer working outside the US government to be so recognized. In 1989, Business Week named his first book, When the Machine Stopped, one of the top ten business books of the year.
A Need to Know: Inside the Warren Commission (Alfred A. Knopf, forthcoming)
Blind over Cuba (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), with David Barrett
Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat (University Press of Kansas, 2012)
The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson: The Kennedy Assassination and the Transfer of Power, 22-30 November 1963 (W. W. Norton, 2005)
The Kennedy Assassination Tapes: The White House Conversations of Lyndon B. Johnson Regarding the Assassination, the Warren Commission, and the Aftermath (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004)
From Industry to Alchemy: Burgmaster, A Machine Tool Company (Beard Books, 2002)
The CEO Goes to Washington: Negotiating the Halls of Power (Whittle Direct Books, 1994)
When the Machine Stopped: A Cautionary Tale from Industrial America (Harvard Business School Press, 1989)
2012 Research Travel Grant, Gerald R. Ford Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, Austin, TX
2001 Studies in Intelligence Award, Center for the Study of Intelligence, CIA
2001 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, Columbia University School of Journalism/Harvard University Nieman Foundation
1998 Fellowship, John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, RI
1991 Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
1990 Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC
1987 Fellowship, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC
1986 Research Grant, Rockefeller Archive Center, Pocantico Hills, NY
1985 Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, New York, NY
1985 Research Grant, Harry S Truman Library Institute, Independence, MO
1985 Research Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, Washington, DC
1984 Research Grant, Roosevelt Four Freedoms Foundation, Hyde Park, NY
1982 Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Austin, TX
1982 Journalism Grant, Fund for Constitutional Government, Washington, DC
1978 Travel Grant to Nicaragua, Fund for Investigative Journalism, Washington, DC