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Michael Beschloss


Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, #1 best-selling author and a regular commentator on both NBC and PBS. He co-authored with Caroline Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (2011). He is currently working on a history of American Presidents in wartime from James Madison to George W. Bush, which will be published by Crown in 2016. Newsweek has called Beschloss "the nation's leading Presidential historian." He serves as the NBC News presidential historian and is also a contributor to the PBS NewsHour. In April 2014, he will start as a contributing columnist on history for the New York Times. In 2005, he won an Emmy for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series Decisions that Shook the World, of which he was the host. His nine books include Presidential Courage; The Conquerors; Taking Charge and Reaching for Glory (on President Lyndon Johnson's secret tapes), Kennedy and Roosevelt, Mayday and The Crisis Years.

Beschloss was born in Chicago in 1955. An alumnus of Phillips Academy (Andover), Williams College and the Harvard Business School, he has been an historian on the staff of the Smithsonian Institution (1982–1986), a senior associate member at Oxford University in England (1986–1987) and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation in Washington, D.C. (1988–1996). Beschloss holds six honorary doctorates from Williams College and has received the State of Illinois's Order of Lincoln and the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award from Independence, Missouri. He is a trustee of the White House Historical Association and the National Archives Foundation. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.

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