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Presidential Historian, NBC News and PBS NewsHour, New York Times Columnist and #1 Best-Selling Author

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 Michael Beschloss Biography

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 American historian (with more than 156,000 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 history of American Presidents and wars from 1812 to the present, which will soon be published by Crown Publishers. 


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 an Emmy for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series Decisions that Shook the World, of which he was the host. For The New York Times, Beschloss writes a monthly history column.

Beschloss was born in Chicago in 1955. An alumnus of Phillips Academy (Andover) and Williams College, he also earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he studied leadership and business history. He has served as an historian at the Smithsonian Institution, a resident scholar at Oxford University and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.


His 2007 book Presidential Courage—which covers nine Presidents from George Washington to Ronald Reagan—was a Number #1 Washington Post best seller, and a three-month New York Times best seller. President George W. Bush quoted from Beschloss’s book in his 2010 memoir Decision Points, in which Bush wrote, “I told Laura, if they’re still assessing George Washington’s legacy more than two centuries after he left office, this George W. doesn’t have to worry about today’s headlines.”

Beschloss’s book The Conquerors was Amazon’s best-selling history book of 2002. His book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations, which he co-authored with Caroline Kennedy in 2011, was Number #1 on The New York Times best seller list and in many countries around the world.

Beschloss's books Taking Charge and Reaching for Glory were the first two volumes of his projected trilogy on President Lyndon Johnson’s secret White House tapes. President Bill Clinton has told People magazine that the audio version of Taking Charge was the first book on tape he ever listened to. Actor Bryan Cranston told The New York Times that he used Beschloss’s books to prepare for his Tony-winning role as Lyndon Johnson on Broadway.

Beschloss holds honorary doctorates from Williams College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Lafayette College, St. Peter's College, Governors State University and Allegheny College. He has also been awarded the State of Illinois’s Order of Lincoln, the Ambassador Book Prize, the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, the Founders Award of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the New York State Archives Award and the Rutgers University Living History Award.

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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Books
Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

The Presidents of the United States of America

The Presidents of the United States of America

Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989

Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

American Heritage: The Presidents (Byron Preiss Book)

American Heritage: The Presidents (Byron Preiss Book)

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

Speaking Topics
  • Leadership From the Board Room to the Oval Office

    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.

  • Presidential Courage

    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.

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • Great Presidents Past and Present

    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.

  • The Washington, D.C. Youre Not Hearing About

    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.

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Michael Beschloss

Presidential Historian, NBC News and PBS NewsHour, New York Times Columnist and #1 Best-Selling Author

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Michael Beschloss Biography

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 American historian (with more than 156,000 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 history of American Presidents and wars from 1812 to the present, which will soon be published by Crown Publishers. 


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 an Emmy for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series Decisions that Shook the World, of which he was the host. For The New York Times, Beschloss writes a monthly history column.

Beschloss was born in Chicago in 1955. An alumnus of Phillips Academy (Andover) and Williams College, he also earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he studied leadership and business history. He has served as an historian at the Smithsonian Institution, a resident scholar at Oxford University and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.


His 2007 book Presidential Courage—which covers nine Presidents from George Washington to Ronald Reagan—was a Number #1 Washington Post best seller, and a three-month New York Times best seller. President George W. Bush quoted from Beschloss’s book in his 2010 memoir Decision Points, in which Bush wrote, “I told Laura, if they’re still assessing George Washington’s legacy more than two centuries after he left office, this George W. doesn’t have to worry about today’s headlines.”

Beschloss’s book The Conquerors was Amazon’s best-selling history book of 2002. His book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations, which he co-authored with Caroline Kennedy in 2011, was Number #1 on The New York Times best seller list and in many countries around the world.

Beschloss's books Taking Charge and Reaching for Glory were the first two volumes of his projected trilogy on President Lyndon Johnson’s secret White House tapes. President Bill Clinton has told People magazine that the audio version of Taking Charge was the first book on tape he ever listened to. Actor Bryan Cranston told The New York Times that he used Beschloss’s books to prepare for his Tony-winning role as Lyndon Johnson on Broadway.

Beschloss holds honorary doctorates from Williams College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Lafayette College, St. Peter's College, Governors State University and Allegheny College. He has also been awarded the State of Illinois’s Order of Lincoln, the Ambassador Book Prize, the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, the Founders Award of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the New York State Archives Award and the Rutgers University Living History Award.

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.

Michael Beschloss Books

Michael Beschloss Speaking Topics

  • Leadership From the Board Room to the Oval Office

    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.

  • Presidential Courage

    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.

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • Great Presidents Past and Present

    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.

  • The Washington, D.C. Youre Not Hearing About

    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.

FAQs on booking Michael Beschloss

  • How to book Michael Beschloss?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Beschloss for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Beschloss, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Beschloss or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Beschloss?

    Booking fees for Michael Beschloss, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Beschloss, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Beschloss?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Beschloss for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Beschloss for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Beschloss or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Beschloss or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Beschloss is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Beschloss for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Michael Beschloss generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Geoff Colvin, Ben Stein, Katty Kay, Donna Brazile and Bob Woodward. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Beschloss for an upcoming event.

Michael Beschloss Speaking Topics

  • Leadership From the Board Room to the Oval Office

    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.

  • Presidential Courage

    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.

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • Great Presidents Past and Present

    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.

  • The Washington, D.C. Youre Not Hearing About

    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.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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