Michael Beschloss wrote the essay on George Bush for the book Character Above All published earlier this year by Simon & Schuster. He also participated in the PBS television adaptation of that book.

Michael Beschloss Mr. Beschloss is an historian specializing in the U.S. presidency and American politics. His books include The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963 (1991); Eisenhower: A Centennial Life (1990); Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (1986), which was adapted in February 1996 for an episode of the PBS series The American Experience; Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance (1980); and At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War with co-author Strobe Talbott (1993).

Mr. Beschloss is familiar to PBS viewers. He is a regular contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He served as chief historical adviser and appeared in a 1994 two-part documentary on Dwight Eisenhower which aired on The American Experience series. He also appeared in the PBS documentary "The Kennedys" (1992).

Mr. Beschloss holds degrees from Williams College and Harvard University. He has held appointments in history at the Smithsonian Institution, St. Antony's College, Oxford University and the Harvard University Russian Research Center.

He is married to Afsaneh Beschloss, Director of the World Bank Pension Fund. They have a son, and live in Washington, DC.

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