Michael Beschloss and Jonathan Alter to Discuss Carter’s Life and Legacy 12/10
Press Release · Thursday, December 3, 2020

Washington, DC

Join us Thursday, December 10, at 7 PM ET, as Presidential historian Michael Beschloss joins historian Jonathan Alter to discuss Alter’s new book: His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A LifeRegister to attendWatch the program livestreamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.

In His Very Best, award-winning historian Jonathan Alter tells the story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon. Alter paints an intimate and surprising portrait of the only President since Thomas Jefferson who can fairly be called a Renaissance Man, a complex figure—ridiculed and later revered—with a piercing intelligence, prickly intensity, and biting wit beneath the patented smile.

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer and radio host. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers:  The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, The Promise: President Obama, Year One” and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope. Since 1996, he has been a contributing correspondent and political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. In 2019, he co-produced and co-directed the HBO documentary, “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists,” winning the 2020 Emmy for Best Historical Documentary.

Michael R. Beschloss is the author of nine books on presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on Lyndon Johnson's White House tapes. He was also editor of the number-one global bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor and has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees. He is on Twitter at @BeschlossDC.

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