President’s Day comes the same time each year, the third Monday in February and this year it happens to fall on February 18th. It was originally established in 1885 for President George Washington, and was known as “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Washington’s birthday is actually the 22nd of February. Almost a century later the holiday became known as President’s Day and was moved to a Monday. This was to help create more three-day weekends for workers. If you have the day off from work or school, why not consider spending some of that free time picking up a new book to read and what better choice than one by author and speaker, Michael Beschloss, who Newsweek called “the nation’s leading Presidential historian”.
Beschloss is so well known on his knowledge of presidential history that he became the first Presidential Historian for NBC News, a position created for the first time, just for him. Beschloss also appears regularly on Today, Meet the Press and PBS NewsHour. He is the author of nine books, several of which are New York Times bestsellers, including the recent “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (2011)” which he co-authored with Caroline Kennedy. Amazon.com has praised his book “The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945” for being their best selling history book of the year.
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