Of The Conquerors
Simon & Schuster, 2002
The New York Times Book Review said in a front-page review that the “vigorously written" book was "history as it was spoken at the time, and there is not a dull page.” The book was also a New York Times best seller for three months and was Amazon’s Number #1 best-selling history book of the year.
Simon & Schuster, 1997
Taking Charge was Beschloss' first volume on President Lyndon Johnson’s newly released secret tapes. The Wall Street Journal called it “sheer marvelous history,” The New York Times editorial page “an important event.” The sequel, Reaching for Glory (Simon & Schuster, 2001), was called “an incomparable portrait of a President at work” by The New York Times Book Review. Both books were national best sellers.
Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance
Beschloss’ first book, Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance (Norton, 1980), started as his senior honors thesis at Williams College.Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (Harper, 1986), was called “a grand narrative. . .crowded with well-drawn portraits” byThe New Yorker. The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963 (HarperCollins, 1991), won the Ambassador Book Prize and was called by The New Yorker the "definitive" history of John Kennedy and the Cold War.
At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War
Little, Brown, 1993
Beschloss also co-wrote At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War with Strobe Talbott. As literary executor for the late Newsweek columnist Meg Greenfield, he edited Greenfield’s posthumously published book Washington (PublicAffairs, 2001). Beschloss holds honorary doctorates from Williams College, St. Mary’s College (Maryland), Lafayette College, St. Peter's College and Governors State University. He has also received the State of Illinois’s Order of Lincoln and the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award from Independence, Missouri. He is a trustee of the White House Historical Association, the National Archives Foundation and the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their two sons.