• Wrestling With His Angel: 1849-1856
      By Sidney Blumenthal
      $35.00
      Air Date/Time June 8, 3:30pm (Central)
      1st ed., 592p, cloth with dj

      Volume II of Sidney Blumenthal’s acclaimed, landmark biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the future president’s genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment, finds his voice, and helps create a new political party.

      In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat. His Whig Party is broken in the 1852...Learn More

    • Rising Star

      Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
      By David Garrow
      $45.00
      Air Date/Time May 19, 11am (Central)
      1st ed., 1472p.,  cloth with dj

      As epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson series, the definitive account of Barack Obama’s life before he became the 44th president of the United States—the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross.

      Barack Obama’s keynote speech...Learn More

    • Heroines of Mercy Street

      Heroines of Mercy Street:
      Real Nurses of the Civil War
      by Pamela Toler, PhD
      $27.00
      Air Date/Time May 2, 3pm (Central)
      1st ed., 304p., hardcover

      Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia mansion turned wartime hospital and setting for the PBS drama Mercy Street. Among the Union soldiers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, freed slaves, politicians, speculators and spies who passed through the hospital in the crossroads of the Civil War, were nurses...Learn More

    • Lincoln In Indiana
      By Brian Dirck
      $24.95
      Air Date/Time April 15, 12noon (Central)
      1st ed., Cloth, 152p, illus, dj.

      Abraham Lincoln, born in Kentucky in 1809, moved with his parents, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln, and his older sister, Sarah, to the Pigeon Creek area of southern Indiana in 1816.  

      There Lincoln spent more than a quarter of his life. It was in Indiana that he developed a complicated and often troubled relationship with his father, exhibited his now-famous penchant for self-education, and formed...Learn More

    • Presidential Libraries as Performance

      Presidential Libraries As Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush
      By Jodi Kanter
      $35.00
      Air Date/Time April 15, 12noon (Central)
      1st ed., paperback 198p, illus.

      How do the funding, setting architecture, and exhibition of a presidential library shape our understanding of the president’s character? And how do diverse performances of the presidency create radically different opportunities for the practice of American citizenship?

      In Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush, Jodi Kanter...Learn More

    • Sex and the Civil War

      Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography and the Making of American Morality
      By Judith Giesberg
      $29.95
      Air Date/Time March 25, 12 Noon (Central)
      1st ed., 152 p., 26 halftones, notes, bibl., index, cloth with dj

      Civil War soldiers enjoyed unprecedented access to obscene materials of all sorts, including mass-produced erotic fiction, cartes de visite, playing cards, and stereographs.

      A perfect storm of antebellum legal, technological, and commercial developments, coupled with the concentration of men fed into armies, created a demand for, and a...Learn More

    • Midnight in America

      Midnight In America: Darkness, Sleep and Dreams During the Civil War
      By Jonathan W. White
      $34.95
      Air Date/Time March 25, 12 Noon (Central)
      1st ed., 296 p. 25 halftones, notes, bibl., index, cloth with dj

      The Civil War brought many forms of upheaval to America, not only in waking hours but also in the dark of night.

      Sleeplessness plagued the Union and Confederate armies, and dreams of war glided through the minds of Americans in both the North and South. Sometimes their...Learn More

    • Lincoln in the Bardo
      By George Saunders
      $28.00
      Air Date/Time March 2, 3:00pm (Central)
      1st ed., 368p, cloth, dj.

      The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December, this moving and original father-son story features none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. 

      February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a...Learn More

    • The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address

      The Ultimate Guide
      to the Gettysburg Address
      By David Hirsch & Dan Van Haften
      $14.99
      Air Date/Time February 9,  6pm  (Central)
      1st ed., Paperback, 64p.

      Abraham Lincoln’s November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Address is generally recognized as one of the greatest leadership speeches ever written. The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address explains the 272-word speech more thoroughly than any book previously published. With the aid of colorized step-by-step diagrams, the authors deconstruct the speech into its basic elements and demonstrate how the scientific method is...Learn More

    • Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason

      Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason
      by David Hirsch & Dan Van Haften
      $24.95
      Air Date/Time February 9, 6pm (Central)
      439p., Paperback Ed.

      For more than 150 years, historians have speculated about what made Abraham Lincoln great. Some point to Lincoln’s study of grammar, literature, and poetry. Others believe it was the deep national crisis that elevated Lincoln’s oratory. Most agree though that he honed his persuasive technique in his work as an Illinois attorney.

      Authors Hirsch and Van Haften persuasively argue, for the first...Learn More

    • Sidney Blumenthal joins us for a luncheon on June 9 at 11:30am, at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd.  Blumenthal will discuss his newest book, Wresting His Angel, the second book in his 4-volume Lincoln biography.

      Wrestling With His Angel brings Lincoln from the wilderness to the peak of his career as he takes control of the nation’s most profound spiritual crisis—slavery—and enters the battle for the nation’s soul. Learn more about the book. 

      You may purchase the book at the event; the author will be available to...Learn More

    • The Statesman and the Storyteller

      The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism
      By Mark Zwonitzer
      $35.00
      Due to a scheduling conflict, the author was unable to come to the show.

      We have 1st edition copies; without the author’s signature.

      In a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), The Statesman and the Storyteller...Learn More

    • Lincoln’s Greatest Journey:
      Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency
      March 24-April 8, 1865
      By Noah Andre Trudeau
      $32.95
      Air Date/Time December 3 12 noon (Central)
      1st edition, Signed

      Lincoln’s Greatest Journey represents an important addition to the Lincoln saga. The conventional wisdom that there’s nothing new to be learned about Lincoln is due for a major reset.

      A vast and terrible civil war was winding down, leaving momentous questions for a war-weary president to address. A timely invitation from General U....Learn More

    • Grant Invades Tennessee The 1862 Battles for
      Forts Henry and Donelson
      By Timothy B. Smith
      $34.95
      Air Date/Time November 12 12 noon (Central)
      1st Edition, Signed

      When General Ulysses S. Grant targeted Forts Henry and Donelson, he penetrated the Confederacy at one of its most vulnerable points, setting in motion events that would elevate his own status, demoralize the Confederate leadership and citizenry, and, significantly, tear the western Confederacy asunder.  More to the point, the two battles of early 1862 opened the Tennessee...Learn More

    • Chickamauga Campaign

      The Chickamauga Campaign: A Barren Victory The Retreat into Chattanooga, the Confederate Pursuit, and the Aftermath of the Battle, September 21 to October 20, 1863
      By Dave Powell
      $34.95
      Air Date/Time: November 12 @ 12:00 pm CST
      1st edition, Signed

      Barren Victory is the third and concluding volume of the magisterial Chickamauga Campaign Trilogy, a comprehensive examination more than a decade in the making of one of the most important and complex military operations of the Civil War.

      Barren Victory,...Learn More

    • Engineering Victory Tom Army, Jr.

      Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War
      By Thomas Army, Jr.
      $49.95
      Air Date/Time October 29 12 noon (Central)
      1st edition, Signed

      Engineering Victory brings a fresh approach to the question of why the North prevailed in the Civil War. Historian Thomas F. Army, Jr., identifies strength in engineering—not superior military strategy or industrial advantage—as the critical determining factor in the war’s outcome.

      Army finds that Union soldiers were able to apply scientific ingenuity and innovation to complex problems in a way that...Learn More

    • The Earth is Weeping
      The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
      By Peter Cozzens
      $35.00
      Air Date/Time October 29 12 noon (Central)
      Later Edition, Signed on Bookplate

      With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades.

      In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the...Learn More

    • American Ulysses
      A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
      By Ronald C. White
      $35.00
      Air Date/Time October 15 12 noon (Central)
      1st edition, Signed on Bookplate

      From the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents.

      In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander-turned-commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth...Learn More

    • William Tecumseh Sherman

      William Tecumseh Sherman In the Service of My Country: A Life
      By James Lee McDonough
      $39.95
      Air Date/Time October 1 12 noon (Central)
      1st edition, Signed

      A major new biography of one of America’s most storied military figures.

      General Sherman’s 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal.

      James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was...Learn More