21 Facts About Michael Beschloss


Michael Richard Beschloss was born on November 30,1955 and is an American historian specializing in the United States presidency.


Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on the presidency.


Michael Beschloss majored in political science, working under James MacGregor Burns at Williams, from which he graduated with Highest Honors, and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School, with the original intention of writing history while serving as a foundation executive.


Michael Beschloss has been a frequent commentator on the PBS NewsHour and is the NBC News Presidential Historian.


Michael Beschloss is a trustee of the White House Historical Association and the National Archives Foundation and he sits on the board of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.


Michael Beschloss sat on the advisory board to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and was a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.


Michael Beschloss has held appointments in history at the Smithsonian Institution, as a Senior Associate Member at St Antony's College, a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Russian Research Center, a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Foundation, and a Montgomery Fellow and Dorsett Fellow at Dartmouth College.


Michael Beschloss has appeared on The Daily Show in 2003,2005,2006,2007, and 2010.


Michael Beschloss was portrayed by Chris Kattan on NBC's Saturday Night Live on February 14,1998.


Michael Beschloss started a Twitter account, @BeschlossDC, in October 2012.


Michael Beschloss has contributed columns on history under the title HistorySource to The New York Times.


Michael Beschloss is the editor of Washington by Meg Greenfield and Essays in Honor of James MacGregor Burns.


Michael Beschloss has received the Williams College Bicentennial Medal, the State of Illinois's Order of Lincoln, the Harry S Truman Public Service Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Rutgers University Living History Award, the New York State Archives History Award, the Founders Award of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Phillips Academy Andover Alumni Award of Distinction.


Michael Beschloss has received honorary doctorates from Lafayette College, Williams College, St Mary's College of Maryland, Saint Peter's College, Governors State University and Allegheny College.


Michael Beschloss was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln by the Governor of Illinois in 2004 in the area of Communications and Education.


In October 2022, with a ceremony at the National Archives in Washington DC, Michael Beschloss received the National Archives' annual Records of Achievement Award.


In 2019, Michael Beschloss received The Lincoln Forum's Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement.


Michael Beschloss has two sons with his Iranian-born wife Afsaneh Mashayekhi Michael Beschloss.


Michael Beschloss's wife is president and CEO of the Rock Creek Group, a Washington, DC investment firm, former treasurer and chief investment officer of the World Bank, a past trustee of the Ford Foundation, PBS and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and a current trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Resources Institute and the Institute for Advanced Study.


In Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack, President George W Bush is quoted as telling the author Elie Wiesel in February 2003, "I read your views on Auschwitz in Michael Beschloss' book", referring to The Conquerors.


John Frankenheimer's last film, Path to War, starring Donald Sutherland and Michael Gambon, was based in part on Beschloss' two books on Lyndon B Johnson.