Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the author of eight books, including the highly acclaimedNew York Times best-sellers,The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945andReaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965.
Beschloss alsowrotethe introduction and annotation for theNew York Timesbest-selling bookJacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,based on Jacqueline Kennedy's secret tapes of her private life with President Kennedy.The bookand its controversial, never-before-heard conversations inspireda two-hour20/20special with ABC's Diane Sawyer.
Newsweekhas called Beschloss "the nation's leading Presidential historian."Beschloss uses his historical expertise and provides politicalstoriesthatsparkconversations on leadership and business. In August 2005, he was appointed the NBC News presidential historian, the first person with that title in the history of the network. He regularly appears on Meet the Press,The Today Showand other NBC network programs. He is also a frequent commentator on PBS'sThe NewsHour.
Michael's talks keep audiences of all stripes on the edge of their seats, as only a masterful storyteller can do. Michael shows how the lessons learned from Presidential anecdotes are applicable in all areas of business and life.
As a master in his field, Beschloss brings us inspiring, humorous and tragic never-before-told stories of American presidents – from George Washington to George W. Bush – as they struggle with war, peace and domestic crisis. He reveals the qualities that have made great presidents in history and shows how to find leaders who have them now – in politics, business and civic life.
Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy
What makes a great U.S. president? Michael Beschloss believes the answer is “presidential courage”: the willingness to take a political risk that might end a president’s career-and the wisdom to do that for reasons that later Americans will admire. In a presentation based on his book Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989, Beschloss describes crucial times when courageous presidents took such risks and overcame obstacles to dramatically change the future of the United States. From George Washington to Ronald Reagan, the presidents Beschloss focuses on addressed some of the most paramount, abiding issues in American history-war and peace, human rights, and the proper balance between government and business. A natural storyteller, Beschloss details the outstanding traits of these presidents, and then compares them to the current crop of presidential candidates, for in insightful glance into America’s political future. He also uses what he has discovered about presidential courage to provide leadership lessons for all of us.
Drawing on his years studying leadership at the Harvard Business School and as a presidential historian, Beschloss, customizing his presentation for each audience, picks the most brilliant successes and the most lethal mistakes made in business and politics – and shows what they can teach us.
From his talks with presidents, Supreme Court justices, diplomats and members of Congress and his quarter-century in the capital, Beschloss reveals the hidden side of important personalities and behind-the-scenes developments that may soon have a major impact on your life.