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Michael Beschloss: Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Storrs Campus
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

Award-winning Historian and Best-selling Author Michael Beschloss

"Presidential Courage and Great Presidents: Past, Present and Future"

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, best-selling author of nine books, New York Times columnist and Emmy-winning contributor to NBC News and the PBS NewsHour. Beschloss also has the largest Twitter following of any historian on earth (with more than 110,000 followers); his site appears on TIME magazine's list of the world's top Twitter feeds.

The New York Times Book Review has called Beschloss "easily the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the United States." Albert Hunt of Bloomberg News has called him "a national treasure." The Charlotte Observer has said, "Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s 44 presidents than perhaps anyone on earth”. Beschloss is currently working on a major history of American Presidents and wars from 1812 to the present, which will be published by Crown Publishers in 2017.

Beschloss serves as the NBC News presidential historian—the first time any major TV network created such a position; he appears on all NBC programs. In 2005, he won and "Emmy Award" for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series Decisions that Shook the World, of which he was the host.

His notable books include Presidential Courage (2007), The Conquerors (2002), Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations (2011), Taking Charge (1997) and Reaching for Glory (2001). Beschloss also wrote Kennedy and Roosevelt, which started as his senior honors thesis at Williams College, Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (1986) and The Crisis Years (1991), which The New Yorker called the “definitive” history of President John F. Kennedy and the Cold War.

Beschloss is a trustee of the White House Historical Association and the National Archives Foundation, and is a former trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.



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