Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Col 1: From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-63
by James S. Pula
Air Date/Time December 1, noon CST
1st ed., 312, hardcover
The XI Corps served in the Army of the Potomac for just twelve months (September 1862-August 1863), during which it played a pivotal role in the critical battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Thereafter, the corps hastened westward to reinforce a Union army in besieged Chattanooga, and marched through brutal December...Learn More
Making an Anti-Slavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas and the
Battle Over Freedom
by Graham Peck
Air Date/Time November 11, 12 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 288p., cloth
This sweeping narrative presents an original and compelling explanation for the triumph of the antislavery movement in the United States prior to the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln’s election as the first antislavery president was hardly preordained. From the country’s inception, Americans had struggled to define slavery’s relationship to freedom. Most Northerners supported abolition in the North but...Learn More
Air Date/Time November 1, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 1104p., cloth
Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.
Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in...Learn More
On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee June 4-15 1863
By Gordon Rhea
Air Date/Time: November 1, 3pm (Central)
Immediately Following Ron Chernow Program
1st ed., 512p., 1st ed., cloth
With On to Petersburg, Gordon C. Rhea completes his much-lauded history of the Overland Campaign, a series of Civil War battles fought between Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee in southeastern Virginia in the spring of 1864. Having previously covered the campaign in his magisterial volumes on The Battle of the Wilderness,...Learn More
Abraham Lincoln and Mexico:
A History of Courage, Intrigue and an Unlikely Friendship
by Michael Hogan
Air Date/Time October 27, 5pm (CST)
1st ed., 362p, paperback
This book by a noted Ph.D. historian is one of the best books available about historical relations between the United States and Mexico.
It shines new light on reasons for the US invasion of Mexico in 1846, opposition by Abraham Lincoln and other politicians to the unjustified and unconstitutional decision by President Polk to go to...Learn More
Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit
By Guy Fraker
Air Date/Time October 20, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 128p., paperback
In Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit. Guy Fraker explores Lincoln’s legal career as he directs readers and travelers through the prairies to the towns Lincoln visited regularly.
For twenty-three years Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the Eighth Judicial Circuit in east central Illinois. Twice a year, spring and fall, Lincoln’s work took him on...Learn More
Lincoln In Indiana
By Brian Dirck
Air Date/Time October 20, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 152p., cloth
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 a restless...Learn More
The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant
By Charles Calhoun
Air Date/Time October 14, 12 noon (Central)
1st ed., 720p., cloth
As controversial in politics as he was in the military, Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) was an embattled president, enormously popular with the American people, yet the target of unrelenting censure by political enemies. For the first time in almost a century, this book by the distinguished historian Charles W. Calhoun examines Grant’s administration in depth, offering a fresh look at the 18th president’s policies and...Learn More
The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition
Edited by John Marszalek
Air Date/Time October 14, 12noon (Central)
1st ed., 816p., cloth
President Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) was one of the most esteemed individuals of the nineteenth century. His two-volume memoirs, sold door-to-door by former Union soldiers, have never gone out of print and were once as ubiquitous in American households as the Bible. Mark Twain, Gertrude Stein, Matthew Arnold, Henry James, and Edmund Wilson hailed these works as great literature,...Learn More
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary
By Walter Stahr
Air Date/Time August 23, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 768, hardcover
A difficult and stubborn genius, Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was Lincoln’s stalwart Secretary of War, who not only brilliantly organized the Union Army, but dramatically raced to Lincoln’s deathbed on the night of April 14, 1865, and assumed control of the government.
Later, President Andrew Johnson attempted to remove Stanton from office after Stanton opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies, which led to Johnson’s impeachment. One cannot understand the first...Learn More
Wrestling With His Angel: 1849-1856
By Sidney Blumenthal
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. (Volume I, A Self-Made Man, is available below.)
In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat....Learn More
A Self-Made Man
by Sidney Blumenthal
Air Date/Time: Original Air Date May 25, 2016
556p. Hardcover with dj, Signed on bookplate
The first of a multi-volume history of Lincoln as a political genius—from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume traces Lincoln from his painful youth, describing himself as “a slave,” to his emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln.
From his youth as a “newsboy,” a voracious newspaper...Learn More
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
By David Garrow
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:
Real Nurses of the Civil War
by Pamela Toler, PhD
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
Presidential Libraries As Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush
By Jodi Kanter
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: Soldiers, Pornography and the Making of American Morality
By Judith Giesberg
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: Darkness, Sleep and Dreams During the Civil War
By Jonathan W. White
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 BardoWinner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize
By George Saunders
$165.00 Signed First Edition
Air Date/Time March 2, 3:00pm (Central)
Re-air date: September 19th, 1 pm (Central)
cloth, 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...Learn More
The Ultimate Guide
to the Gettysburg Address
By David Hirsch & Dan Van Haften
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