January 08, 2003
April Quarterly MeetingAuthor Michael Beschloss, referred to as "the nation's leading presidential historian" by Newsweek, will deliver the keynote address at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Spring Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, April 3 at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. Also at the luncheon, the Bar Association will present the first Citizens Pro Bono Award, sponsored by Citizens Bank.
Beschloss is a regular commentator on PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," a contributor to ABC News, and author of the new best seller The Conquerers.
In November 2001, Simon & Schuster published Reaching for Glory, the second volume of Beschloss's projected trilogy on the Johnson tapes, which covers 1964-1965, including the 1964 presidential campaign, the Selma march, escalation in Vietnam and passage of Medicare and other cornerstones of the Great Society. Reaching for Glory has been excerpted in Newsweek and "provides an incomparable portrait of a president at work," according to The New York Times Book Review.
Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964, the first volume of Beschloss's trilogy, became a runaway best seller. In The New York Times Book Review, historian Alan Brinkley called it "an incomparable picture of one of the most remarkable personalities ever to inhabit the Presidency." The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963, won the Ambassador Book Prize for American Studies. In The New Yorker, David Remnick called it the "definitive" account of the most dangerous years of the Cold War, as did Thomas Powers in The New York Times Book Review. Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair, called "brilliant" by historian Stephen Ambrose, was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Beschloss is also the author of Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance, which originated as his undergraduate senior honor thesis; Eisenhower: A Centennial Life; and At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War, which he co-authored with Strobe Talbott. Beschloss is currently working on a history of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
As literary executor for the late Washington Post editor and Newsweek columnist Meg Greenfield, Beschloss edited her posthumously published book Washington, which became an instant best seller.
Born in Chicago, Beschloss is an alumnus of Williams College and Harvard University. From 1982 until 1986, he was an historian at the Smithsonian Institution. He was a senior associate member at St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford, England, from 1985 until 1987. And from 1987 until 1996, he was a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. where he sits on boards of the White House Historical Association, the National Archives Foundation and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello).
With the support of Citizens Bank, the Philadelphia Bar Association will present the Citizens Pro Bono Award at the luncheon, to an individual attorney who has demonstrated dedication, and has made significant contributions, to the Philadelphia pro bono legal community.
Also at the luncheon, the Association will honor Immediate-Past Chancellor Allan H. Gordon.
Tickets to the luncheon are available through the Association or on its Web site at $40 for Association members and $45 for non-members. For more information about tickets or the Citizens Pro Bono Award, call the Bar Association at (215) 238-6300, or visit the Association's Web site.