The 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo Keynote Address will be presented by best-selling author and historian, Michael Beschloss.
The Keynote Address is one of the highlights of the General Session -- an opportunity for everyone in attendance to hear from NFPA leaders and gain inspiration and insights from one of today's leading authorities. So mark your calendar for Monday, June 9 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Join us for the Chair's Remarks by Phillip C. Stittleburg, Chair of NFPA Board of Directors, the President's Report by James M. Shannon, NFPA President & CEO, and a special presentation – NFPA celebrates the past and embraces the future recognizing current President James Shannon and introducing the next president of NFPA. Appropriately, the topic that Mr. Beschloss will address during his talk is Great President's Past and Present.
If anyone knows the American President, it is Michael Beschloss. The widely praised author of nine books, he has been called “the nation’s leading Presidential historian” by Newsweek. As a master in his field, Beschloss brings us inspiring, humorous and tragic never-before-told stories of American presidents – from George Washington to George W. Bush – as they struggle with war, peace and domestic crisis. He puts President Obama in historical perspective and assesses his potential place in the history of the American presidency. He reveals the qualities that have made great presidents in history and shows how to find leaders who have them now – in politics, business and civic life.
Beschloss’ latest book, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989, has been lauded as an absorbing and inspiring saga detailing the crucial moments in American history when courageous Presidents influenced the future of the country. It was a New York Times and Washington Post best-seller. With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings to life these flawed, complex men, their wives, their families, their friends, and their foes. Never have we had a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of Presidents coping with the supreme dilemmas of leading the free world and their own lives.
Other books include a highly praised trilogy on President Lyndon Johnson’s newly released secret tapes, Taking Charge and Reaching for Glory, hailed as incomparable portraits of a President at work. The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963, won the Ambassador Book Prize and was cited by the New Yorker as the “definitive” history of John Kennedy and the Cold War. The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 was a New York Times best-seller.
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Beschloss is the NBC News Presidential Historian appearing regularly on Meet the Press, the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. He is a contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. In September 2005, Beschloss was awarded an Emmy for creating the Discovery Channel series Decisions that Shook the World.
A presidential scholar, decorated and dedicated. Beschloss has served as a historian on the staff of the Smithsonian Institution, was appointed a senior associate member at Oxford University in England, and was elected a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation. He is the recipient of the Order of Lincoln and the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award. In addition, he is a trustee of the White House Historical Association, the National Archives Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.
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