MICHAEL RICHARD BESCHLOSS (born November 30, 1955) is an American
historian. A specialist in the
United States presidency , he is the
author of nine books.
Michael Beschloss with Prince of Wales and
Duchess of Cornwall, Lincoln Memorial, March 18, 2015 (British Embassy
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 Awards
* 4 Personal life
* 5 Bibliography
* 6 Reception
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Beschloss was born in
Chicago , grew up in
Flossmoor, Illinois , and
was educated at
Eaglebrook School , Andover ,
Williams College and
Harvard University . He majored in political science , working under
James MacGregor Burns at Williams, from which he graduated with
Highest Honors, and earned an MBA at
Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School , with
the original intention of writing history while serving as a
Beschloss has been a frequent commentator on the
PBS NewsHour and is
NBC News Presidential Historian. He is a trustee of the White
House Historical Association and the
National Archives Foundation and
he also sits on the board of the
Smithsonian 's National Museum of
American History . He has been a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson
Monticello ), the
Urban Institute , the University of
Miller Center of Public Affairs and the PEN/Faulkner
Foundation . He also sits on the advisory board to the Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission and was a member of the President\'s
Commission on White House Fellowships . He has held appointments in
history at the
Smithsonian Institution , a Senior Associate Member at
St. Antony\'s College (
University of Oxford
University of Oxford ), a Visiting Scholar at
Harvard University Russian Research Center, a Senior Fellow of
Annenberg Foundation , and a Montgomery Fellow and Dorsett Fellow
Dartmouth College .
Beschloss has appeared on
The Daily Show
The Daily Show in 2003 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007
, and 2010 . He was portrayed by
Chris Kattan on
NBC 's Saturday Night
Live on February 14, 1998.
He started a
Twitter account, @BeschlossDC, in October 2012. It
appears on Time magazine's list of "Best
Twitter Feeds of 2013". He
also contributes columns on history to
The New York Times
The New York Times .
Beschloss is also the editor of Washington by
Meg Greenfield (2001)
and Essays in Honor of
James MacGregor Burns (with
Thomas Cronin )
Beschloss received a 2005 News the category was "Outstanding
Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research". He has also received the
Williams College Bicentennial Medal , the State of Illinois's Order
of Lincoln (the State's Highest Honor), the Harry S. Truman Public
Service Award, the Ambassador Book Prize, the Rutgers University
Living History Award, the
New York State Archives History Award and
the Founders Award of the
Historical Society of Pennsylvania . He has
received honorary doctorates from
Lafayette College , Williams College
, St. Mary\'s College of Maryland , Saint Peter\'s College , Governors
State University and
Allegheny College .
Michael Beschloss was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy
of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest
honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2004 in the area of
Communications and Education.
Beschloss is married to Iranian -born
Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss ,
who is President and CEO of the Rock Creek Group, a Washington, D.C.
hedge fund , former treasurer and chief investment officer of the
World Bank , and a current trustee of the
Ford Foundation and the
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation . The couple are advisory board
members of Resources for Inner City Children. Beschloss and his wife
were guests of President and Mrs Clinton at the White House dinner for
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair on February 5, 1998. They also
attended the Clinton White House dinner celebrating the 200th
anniversary of the White House on November 9, 2000. They were guests
George W. Bush
George W. Bush and First Lady
Laura Bush at the White
House dinner for
Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of
Cornwall on November 2, 2005.
* Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance (1980); started as
Beschloss's senior honors thesis at
* Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (1986)
* Eisenhower: A Centennial Life (1990)
* The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963 (1991)
* At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War
Strobe Talbott .
* Taking Charge (1997) and Reaching for Glory (2001), edited
Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson 's conversations, as captured by
his taping system, with historical annotation and commentary. A third
Johnson volume is forthcoming.
* The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's
Germany, 1941-1945 (2002) was a New York Times bestseller for several
months and was Amazon's bestselling history book of the year.
* Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How they Changed America,
1789-1989 (2007) was a New York Times bestseller for several months
and was a #1 Washington Post bestseller.
* Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F.
Kennedy (2011), introduced and annotated by Beschloss, was a #1 New
York Times bestseller.
Bill Clinton told People in December 1997 that the first
audiobook he ever listened to was Taking Charge by Michael Beschloss.
Bob Woodward 's
Plan of Attack
Plan of Attack , President
George W. Bush
George W. Bush is quoted
as telling the author
Elie Wiesel in February 2003, "I read your views
on Auschwitz in Michael Beschloss' book", referring to The Conquerors.
Bush also refers to Beschloss' book "Presidential Courage" in his
Decision Points .
John Frankenheimer 's last film,
Path to War (HBO, 2002), starring
Donald Sutherland and
Michael Gambon , was based in part on Beschloss'
two books on
Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson .
* ^ "Michael Beschloss". illinoisauthors.org. Illinois Center for
the Book /Illinois State Library . Retrieved 2011-08-31.
* ^ "Michael Beschloss". Biography.com.
* ^ Laws, Mike (30 January 2013). "Apology to Michael Beschloss".
* ^ New York Times, January 28, 1987, and July 25, 1991.
* ^ "
James MacGregor Burns with Michael Beschloss". C-SPAN.org.
* ^ C-SPAN, "Booknotes", June 21, 1991.
* ^ A B C D "Character Above All: MICHAEL R. BESCHLOSS".
* ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-09-21.
* ^ @BeschlossDC, Twitter.
* ^ Beard, David; Beard, David (25 April 2013). "Historian Michael
Beschloss takes to
Twitter and offers multimedia tweets" – via
* ^ "Not Found - Tech". Archived from the original on 2013-03-30
– via techland.time.com.
* ^ AP, November 20, 2013
* ^ "Michael Beschloss, Class of 1977".
* ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The
Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
* ^ "Supporters, Partners, Board". Resources for Inner City
Children. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved
* ^ Washington Post, February 6, 1998.
* ^ Washington Post, November 10, 2000.
* ^ Washington Post, November 3, 2005.
* ^ People , December 29, 1997.
Bob Woodward ,
Plan of Attack
Plan of Attack (Simon and Schuster, 2004), p.
George W Bush
George W Bush ,
Decision Points , pp.