Presidential Historian and Bestselling Author
Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, scholar of leadership and bestselling author of 10 books—most recently the acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Presidents of War. “Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s Presidents than perhaps anyone on earth,” says the Charlotte Observer. He appears regularly on television as the NBC News Presidential Historian and contributor to the PBS NewsHour. He has also been a contributing columnist to the New York Times. Beschloss has won an Emmy for his television work and received six honorary degrees and numerous other awards. He has the largest Twitter following of any American historian, in the neighborhood of 400,000. His Twitter account appears on Time Magazine’s list of the world’s top Twitter feeds. Born in Chicago, Beschloss is an alumnus of Phillips Academy (Andover) and Williams College, where he studied under James MacGregor Burns, author of what remains the classic book on leadership. At the Harvard Business School, Beschloss studied leadership in both the private and public sectors. He has served as an historian at the Smithsonian, a scholar at the University of Oxford, and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation. Among his earlier books are two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s secret tapes; The Conquerors, about Franklin Roosevelt, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust; and Presidential Courage. He was also co-author (with Caroline Kennedy) of the No. 1 global bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations about Life with John F. Kennedy.
Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal
Charlie Cook is widely considered to be one of the nation’s most respected and impartial analyst of American politics, elections and political trends. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, columnist for National Journal, political analyst for NBC News and co-author of the upcoming 2020 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, Cook’s prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. Deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, he produces the sharpest and most impartial political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to source for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics. Cook’s expertise receives endless praise. The New York Times called him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both Parties regard as authoritative.” The Washington Post said he is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” and the Washingtonian called him “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.” With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a nonpartisan way, leaving audiences with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.