Presidential Historian, NBC News; Commentator, PBS NewsHour, Best-selling Author Sought After Speaker.
Michael Beschloss is called “the nation’s leading presidential historian” by Newsweek, Beschloss uses colorful anecdotes and brilliant inside analysis in comparing the leadership styles of American presidents. Trained in leadership at the Harvard Business School, and using the vantage-point of history, Beschloss shows audiences how the qualities and characteristics of political leadership can translate to more effective leadership in business as well. Beschloss is NBC News’ resident Presidential Historian and appears regularly on Meet the Press, Today and other NBC News programs. He is also a regular commentator on PBS NewsHour.
A brilliant, prolific writer, Beschloss is the author of many national best sellers, including: Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989; Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964; The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963; Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance; and most recently, he co-authored, with Caroline Kennedy, the New York Times best-seller, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (2011).
Speech Topics Include
The Washington, D.C. You’re 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.
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.
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.
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.