Michael Beschloss: New book on presidential courage





Award-winning historian Michael Beschloss will be the principal speaker at Lafayette College's 172nd commencement May 19 and will receive an honorary degree.

Beschloss is the author of nine books, including the New York Times best-seller ''The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945.'' His latest book, ''Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989,'' is scheduled to be released in May.

Beschloss serves as NBC News' presidential historian and appears regularly on ''Meet the Press,'' ''Today'' and other network programs.

In 2005, he received an Emmy for his role in creating the three-part Discovery Channel series ''Decisions that Shook the World,'' which focused on Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Beschloss was born in Chicago in 1955. He is an alumnus of Williams College and has an advanced degree from Harvard Business School. He is a trustee of the White House Historical Association, National Archives Foundation and Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and a member of the board of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.



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