Michael Beschloss and Cokie Roberts Discuss Beschloss’ Presidents of War Nov. 28
Press Release · Thursday, November 8, 2018

Washington, DC

On Wednesday, November 28, at 7 p.m., author and political commentator Cokie Roberts and Presidential historian Michael Beschloss will discuss Beschloss’ new book, Presidents of War.

The event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. and live streamed on YouTube. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended and can be made online.  A book signing follows the program.

Presidents of War is an in-depth look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, Beschloss takes us into the room as the Presidents make the most difficult wartime decisions. His interviews with surviving participants in the drama and his findings in original letters, diaries, once-classified national security documents, and other sources help him to tell this story in a new way. Presidents of War combines the sense of “being there” with the overarching context of two centuries of American history.

Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on Presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor. He serves as Vice President of the National Archives Foundation.

Cokie Roberts is an journalist, author, and political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In addition to her reporting, She has written six bestsellers, many on the roles of women in U.S. history.  She serves as Vice Chair of the National Archives Foundation.

Related Exhibit: “Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War”
Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Museum, through January 6, 2019
Explore 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War from its World War II origins to the Fall of Saigon. These key events and turning points trace the policies and decisions made by five presidents, and the forces that drove them. Iconic and newly discovered documents, films, images, and artifacts along with insights from veterans, civilians, and historians shed light on the complex history of United States’ involvement in Southeast Asia.  

“Remembering Vietnam” is presented in part by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, AARP, FedEx Corporation, and the National Archives Foundation. Additional support provided by the Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, The Eliasberg Family Foundation, Inc., and HISTORYⓇ.

The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events online


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