Michael Beschloss

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Academic, Journalist, Historian, Television Personality(1955–)
Michael Beschloss is an historian and who has written on the John F. Kennedy presidency as well as making frequent appearances on CNN and other news programs.

Synopsis

Michael Beschloss was born on November 30, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. His college thesis became his first book: Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance, published as he graduated from Harvard Business School. Beschloss has worked as a political analyst for CNN and has appeared as a commentator on Nightline, Meet the Press, and News Hour. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Profile

Historian and political commentator. Born November 30, 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. His college thesis, an analysis of the relationship between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph P. Kennedy, became his first book: Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance (1980), published just at the time Beschloss graduated from Harvard Business School. Though he planned to go into business and write history on the side, the success of his book allowed him to pursue a career as a full-time historian. His second book, Mayday: Eisenhower, Krushchev and the U-2 Affair, published in 1986, confirmed his reputation as both a scrupulous political historian and a popular writer of a kind of novelistic history that appealed to a wide audience.

Beschloss has worked as a political analyst for the Cable News Network (CNN) and has appeared as a commentator on a number of television programs, including Nightline, Meet the Press, and News Hour with Jim Lehrer. His other notable books include The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Krushchev, 1960-1963 (1991); The Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War (1993), on which he collaborated with Strobe Talbott; and Taking Charge (1997), based on the once-secret White House tapes of Lyndon Johnson. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Afsaneh Mashayekhi, and their children.

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