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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Richard Beschloss  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: November 30, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois.

-- Michael R. Beschloss on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Beschloss was born in Chicago and raised in Flossmoor, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Beschloss is a regular commentator on PBS' The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and a contributor to ABC News. He now lives in Washington, D.C..

Published Works

  • Kennedy and Roosevelt, Norton, 1980
  • MAYDAY, Eisenhower, Krushchev and the U-2 Affair, Harper, 1986
  • Eisenhower, A Centennial Life, Harper Collins, 1990
  • The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963, Edward Burlingame Books, 1991
  • At the Highest Levels, The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War, Little Brown, 1993
  • Presidents, Television, and Foreign Crises, Northwestern University, 1993
  • The Digital Libraries in Our Future: Perils and Promise, Northwestern University, 1996
  • The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989,'' Simon & Schuster, 2007

Selected Titles At Your Library

Kennedy and Roosevelt :
ISBN: 0060970952. OCLC Number:

Perennial Library,. New York :. 1987, ©1980.

MAYDAY, the U-2 affair :
ISBN: 0060914076. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York, NY :. 1987, ©1986.

Eisenhower :
ISBN: 0060164182. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©1990.

Captioned photographs and a biographical essay describe the man who was the Supreme Commander of Allied forces in Europe during WWII and 34th President of the United States.

The crisis years :
ISBN: 0060164549. OCLC Number:

Edward Burlingame Books,. New York, NY :. ©1991.

The relationship between Kennedy and Khrushchev and its impact on the Cold War.

At the highest levels :
ISBN: 0316092827. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. ©1994.

This book reveals a secret dimension of the most momentous event of our time: the end of the Cold War. It shows the vital transactions that George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev made and concealed from the world: Bush's pledge not to press Gorbachev for Baltic independence, the manipulations for German unification, how the Soviet Union joined the Gulf War Coalition, Bush's private warnings to Gorbachev that he was about to be overthrown, and the U.S. president's secret efforts to prevent the breakup of the Soviet Union and keep Gorbachev in power. Based on classified U.S. and Soviet documents, cables, telephone transcripts, and diplomatic records. This book also demonstrates how the two leaders came to believe that their most dangerous opponents were no longer each other but forces inside their own countries.

The conquerors :
ISBN: 0743244540. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2003, ©2002.

As Allied soldiers fought the Nazis, Franklin Roosevelt and, later, Harry Truman fought in private with Churchill and Stalin over how to ensure that Germany could never threaten the world again.



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