Historian Beschloss Meets Students, Discusses 2016 Race

Michael BeschlossMichael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, best-selling author, and an Emmy-winning contributor to NBC News and the PBS NewsHour. But perhaps it is his social media prowess that makes him so relatable to young people—with more than 110,000 followers, he has the largest Twitter following of any historian on earth. Prior to giving his talk for the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum on April 13, he met with POLS students Lucas Silva Lopez, Samantha Houghton, Marissa Piccolo, and Tim Faucett. What was discussed? Why, the crazy 2016 election, of course.

“Donald Trump appeared on The Apprentice for 14 seasons,” Beschloss told the students. “During those years, an average of between 5 and 20 million people per week watched him. That’s a pretty impressive following with which to start a campaign.” Beschloss also cautioned against making predictions in 2016: “Trump has broken every rule in American politics and survived. Who knows what rules remain to be broken?”

The New York Times Book Review has called Beschloss “easily the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the United States.” Albert Hunt of Bloomberg News has called him “a national treasure.”

He is currently working on a major history of American Presidents and wars from 1812 to the present, which will be published by Crown Publishers in 2017. For The New York Times, Beschloss writes a monthly business history column on Sundays and a weekly sports history column on Saturdays—the first time The New York Times has ever published a regular columnist on either of those subjects.

Read more about recent happenings in the POLS Department in the Spring 2016 Newsletter.