Michael Beschloss

NMAH Board Alumnus; Historian and Author

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, Number #1 best-selling author of nine books and a regular commentator on both NBC and PBS. He co-authored with Caroline Kennedy the Number #1 New York Times best seller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (2011). His book Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989, was Number #1 Washington Post best seller and a New York Times best seller for three months.  He is currently working on a history of American Presidents in wartime from James Madison to George W. Bush, which will be published in 2015.  He serves as the NBC News Presidential Historian and is also a regular contributor to the PBS NewsHour. 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. He has been an historian on the staff of the Smithsonian Institution, a senior associate member at Oxford University in England and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation in Washington, D.C.  He is also a trustee of the White House Historical Association, the National Archives Foundation and the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. He lives in Washington, DC.