An Evening With Michael Beschloss

Dec 05, 2018

Wednesday, Dec. 5
6 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium

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Friends members are invited to join us for an evening with historian and author Michael Beschloss who will be speaking about his new book, Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times. The conversation will be moderated by Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation.

Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on presidential history, including the New York Times best-sellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on President Lyndon Johnson's secret tapes. He was also editor of the number one global best-seller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. Currently, he is the NBC News Presidential Historian, a PBS NewsHour contributor, and has the largest Twitter following of any historian, with more than 354,000 followers.

About the Book
Taking 10 years to research and write, Presidents of War is a fresh look at a procession of American leaders who took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, it brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any president, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths.

Presidents of War

Beschloss’s interviews with surviving participants and his findings in original letters, diaries, once-classified national security documents, and other sources help him to tell this story in a way it has not been told before. Presidents of War shows how far we have traveled from the time of our founders, who tried to constrain presidential power, to our modern day, when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the human race.

Book Signing and Tax-free Shopping
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Beschloss for a book signing of Presidents of War. Book sales and signing will be held in the upper auditorium lobby from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.

The Store at LBJ is also offering tax-free shopping on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Museum Store, located off the main library lobby. Books purchased in the auditorium lobby will also be tax-free. Combined with the 10 percent member discount, Friends members will enjoy a total of 18.25 percent off on Dec. 5. Come early and start your holiday shopping!

To RSVP
Friends members at the Individual and above levels may RSVP to [email protected]. Guests are permitted for this event at the charge of $20 per person, payable in cash at the door. Please account for your guest when you RSVP.

Location and Parking
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Parking details will be posted soon.

The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare, the Ford Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
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Membership Manager

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