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Michael Beschloss
It's not for nothing that Newsweek has called Michael Beschloss "the nation's leading Presidential historian." As a political science major at Williams College, he wrote his honors thesis on the ambivalent relationship between FDR and Joseph P. Kennedy. Reworked and expanded to book length, the material was published in 1980 under the title Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance. Although the book was met with subtle condescension from the notoriously snarky academic community, mainstream critics were quick to lavish praise on Beschloss for his meticulous research and reader-friendly prose style. Encouraged by his publisher, he followed up his debut with another historical narrative, Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev, and the U-2 Affair (1986). Reviewed by Paul A. Kreisberg in Foreign Affairs magazine, the book was described as "popular history at its best: accessible and fascinating reading for those who know little about the subject; containing enough new material and insight to command the attention of serious scholars."

Since then, the high-profile author has carved a lucrative career out of the American Presidency, penning several bestselling biographies and political histories, including The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963, The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, and Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989. In addition, he has edited Lyndon Johnson's White House tapes into a critically acclaimed trilogy and is in demand both as a lecturer and television commentator.

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From 1982 until 1986, Beschloss served as a historian at the Smithsonian Institution.

From 1985 until 1987, he was a senior associate member at St. Antony's College, in the University of Oxford, England.

From 1987 until 1996, he was a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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*Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance, 1980
*Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair, 1986
*Eisenhower: A Centennial Life, 1990
*Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963, 1991
*At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War, 1993
*Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes 1963-1964, 1997
*Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965, 2001
*The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, 2002
*Public and Private: Twenty Years of White House Photography, 2002
*The Presidents: From Washington to Bush -- Every President in Depth, 2003
*Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989, 2007
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