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Sidney Blumenthal
Wrestling with His Angel

Wrestling With His Angel

Daniel Weinberg talked with Sidney Blumenthal about Wrestling with His Angel, the second installment of Blumenthal’s four volume Lincoln biography.

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Wrestling With His Angel

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. (Volume I, A Self-Made Man, is available below.)

In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat. His Whig Party is broken in the 1852 election, and disintegrates. His perennial rival, Stephen Douglas, forges an alliance with the Southern senators and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. Violent struggle breaks out on the plains of Kansas, a prelude to the Civil War.

Lincoln rises to the occasion. Only he...

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George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo

Bjorn Skaptason talked with George Saunders about Lincoln in the Bardo. This interview aired 7 months before Saunders, and Bardo, won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
Congratulations to George Saunders! – who spoke with us for over an hour and accepted questions from the audience and was incomparably generous throughout his visit. A lovely man and a beautiful story – check it out below.

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Lincoln in the Bardo
By George Saunders
Air Date/Time March 2, 3:00pm (Central)
Re-air date: September 19th, 1 pm (Central)
Signed First Edition., 368p, cloth, dj.

Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

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 long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown...

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Noah Andre Trudeau

Noah Andre Trudeau talks about Lincoln’s Greatest Journey, an examination of Lincoln’s trip to City Point, VA in the spring of 1865.

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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, With Signed Bookplate

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. S. Grant provided the impetus for an escape to City Point, Virginia, a journey from which Abraham Lincoln drew much more than he ever expected. Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 – April 8, 1865, offers the first comprehensive account of a momentous time.

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Michael Hogan
Abraham Lincoln and Mexico

Abraham Lincoln and Mexico

Daniel Weinberg interviews Michael Hogan about his new book, Abraham Lincoln and Mexico. 

Covering the years 1846 to the end of the Civil War, this book uses original documents from government, university, and private institutions in both the US and Mexico to closely examine these pivotal years in the relationship between Mexico and America. 

Michael Hogan also joins us at the Union League Club of Chicago for a luncheon earlier that day. Make your reservation today.

Abraham Lincoln and Mexico

Abraham Lincoln and Mexico:
A History of Courage, Intrigue and an Unlikely Friendship
by Michael Hogan
$21.00
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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 war, the importance of the ensuing war against Mexico, the resulting territorial seizures by the United States, the impact both nationally and internationally to both countries, the troubling legacy even today, and the result of silences that have been pervasive over the years regarding this conflict.

It examines all aspects of this history based on actual...

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