Tag Archives: American History

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Doris Kearns Goodwin
Leadership In Turbulent Times

Daniel Weinberg interviews Pulitzer Prize winning author and friend of the show Doris Kearns Goodwin about her newest look at the American Presidency, Leadership In Turbulent Times Perhaps no other writer has more to tell us about the qualities that make an ordinary man into an exemplary, and world-changing, leader. Inspired by the four Presidents she has studied the most: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (for his work in Civil Rights).

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Leadership In Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
$30.00
Air Date/Time October 30, 12:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 496 pages, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life,...

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John William Huelskamp
Friends of the Wigwam

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author John William Huelskamp about his latest Civil War novel Friends of the Wigwam that introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

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Friends of the Wigwam
by John William Huelskamp
$16.95
Air Date/Time September 20, 3:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 384 pages, paperback, Barrington Group

FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM is a historical novel and love story about six young friends whose innocence is stripped from them seemingly overnight in the brutal setting of the American Civil War.

Meticulously researched and based on real-life people and true events, FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM spans 1857-1865 and introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

From the true story of a young woman who successfully masqueraded as a man during the Civil War and was buried with full military honors to the...

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James S. Pula
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps…

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author James S. Pula about the second volume in his series about the XI Corps Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865 following the misunderstood unit through battle until the war’s end.

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Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865
by James S. Pula
$34.95
Air Date/Time August 16, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 432 pages, hardcover, Savas Beatie

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed tWith the publication of Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume. 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865, James S. Pula completes his magisterial work on this important Union command.

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 weather without adequate clothing, shoes, or provisions to help...

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Paul Taylor
The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known

Daniel Weinberg  interviews author Paul Taylor about his new book, The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known . Across the North, ardent pro-Lincoln men realized their country needed a patriotic stimulus, as well as an organized means of countering what they viewed as their Copperhead adversaries treasonous pronouncements and subversion. These men formed what became known as Union Leagues.

The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known: The North’s Union Leagues in the American Civil War (Civil War in the North)
by Paul Taylor
$45.00
Air Date/Time August 2, 5:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 328 pages, hardcover, Kent State University Press

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed the North when the American Civil War commenced in April 1861 vanished by the following summer. Repeated military defeats, economic worries, and staggering casualties prompted many civilians to question the war s viability. Frustration exploded into anger when Republican president Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in September.

The disgruntled voices grew louder. These anti-Lincoln Democrats, nicknamed Copperheads, viewed blacks with disdain and considered many of Lincoln s legal decisions to be unconstitutional. Civilian disenchantment led to significant Republican defeats in the November Congressional elections. As 1862 ended, Northern morale...

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Manisha Sinha
The Slave’s Cause

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Manisha SInha about her new book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolitioncorrecting the sometimes stereotypical view of who Abolitionists were and how they fought for freedom.

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The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition
by Manisha Sinha
$37.50
Air Date/Time August 2, 3:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 784 pages, hardcover, Yale University Press

A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War.

Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. Drawing on extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and...

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A. Wilson Greene
A Campaign of Giants

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author A. Wilson Greene about his new book A Campaign of Giants – The Battle for Petersburg: Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater a book other Civil War historians are already calling a masterpiece.

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A Campaign of Giants–The Battle for Petersburg: Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater (Civil War America)
by A. Wilson Greene
$45.00
Air Date/Time July 19, 5:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 728 pages, hardcover, University of North Carolina Press

Grinding, bloody, and ultimately decisive, the Petersburg Campaign was the Civil War’s longest and among its most complex. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee squared off for more than nine months in their struggle for Petersburg, the key to the Confederate capital at Richmond. Featuring some of the war’s most notorious battles, the campaign played out against a backdrop of political drama and crucial fighting elsewhere, with massive costs for soldiers and civilians alike. After failing to bull his way into Petersburg, Grant concentrated on isolating the city from its communications with the...

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Kristopher A. Teters
Practical Liberators

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Kristopher A. Teters about his new book, Practical Liberators, a look at the attitudes and convictions of Union Army officers about Emancipation as the Civil War progressed.

Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War
by Kristopher A. Teters
$32.95
Air Date/Time June 7, 5 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages, hardcover

During the first fifteen months of the Civil War, the policies and attitudes of Union officers toward emancipation in the western theater were, at best, inconsistent and fraught with internal strains. But after Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act in 1862, army policy became mostly consistent in its support of liberating the slaves in general, in spite of Union army officers’ differences of opinion. By 1863 and the final Emancipation Proclamation, the army had transformed into the key force for instituting emancipation in the West. However, Kristopher Teters argues that the guiding principles behind this development in attitudes and policy were a result of military necessity and...

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Richard E. Quest
I Held Lincoln

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Richard E. Quest about his new book, I Held Lincoln, a true account of a Civil War Naval officer who survived and escaped Confederate prison – twice – and was on hand to carry a dying Abraham Lincoln from Ford’s Theater.

I Held Lincoln
by Richard E.Quest
$24.95
Air Date/Time May 17, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 224 pages, hardcover

Lt. Benjamin Loring (1824–1902) lived the life of an everyman Civil War sailor. He commanded no armies and devised no grand strategies. Loring was a sailor who just wanted to return home, where the biggest story of his life awaited him.

Covering almost a year of Loring’s service, I Held Lincoln describes the lieutenant’s command of the gunboat USS Wave, the Battle of Calcasieu Pass, the surrender of his ship, and his capture by the Confederates. He was incarcerated in Camp Groce, a deadly Confederate prison where he endured horrific conditions and abuse. Loring attempted to escape, evading capture for ten days behind enemy lines, only to be recaptured just a few miles from freedom. After an...

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Frank Cicero
nCreating the Land of Lincoln

Daniel Weinberg interviews author Frank Cicero about his newest title Creating the Land of Lincoln:The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870

Samuel Wheeler, Ph.D., the State Historian of Illinois, will be joining us to discuss the Illinois Bicentennial, and an exciting new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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Creating the Land of Lincoln
by Frank Cicero
$29.95
Air Date/Time: April 14, 12 pm (Central)
288, hardcover

How three constitutions built the modern Prairie State

In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.

Frank Cicero Jr. provides an appealing new history of Illinois as expressed by the state’s constitutions—and the lively conventions that led to each one. In Creating the Land of Lincoln, Cicero sheds light on the vital debates of delegates who, freed from electoral necessity, revealed the opinions, prejudices, sentiments, and dreams of Illinoisans at critical junctures in state history. Cicero analyzes decisions large and small that fostered...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Max Boot
The Road Not Taken

Daniel Weinberg interviews historian and author Max Boot about his newest memoir of Edward Lansdale The Road Not Taken.

Max Boot is an author, military historian, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author of the new book “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam” (Liveright, 2018).

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
by Max Boot
$35.00
Air Date/Time March 15, 3:30 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 768., hardcover

In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.

In this epic biography of Edward Lansdale (1908– 1987), the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, best-selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a “hearts and mind” diplomacy, first in the Philippines, then in Vietnam. It was a visionary policy that, as Boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America’s giant military bureaucracy, steered by elitist generals and blueblood diplomats who favored troop build-ups and napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people. Through dozens of interviews and...

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Jan Jacobi
Young Lincoln

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author and educator Jan Jacobi about his new book, Young Lincoln.
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Young Lincoln
by Jan Jacobi
$16.95
Air Date/Time March 10, 12 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 208p., paperback

Abe Lincoln is growing up on the American frontier in Indiana. It s cold, there isn t usually enough to eat, there s nothing at all to read, and the one job that awaits him is farmer, like his overbearing father.

But a chance to travel down the Mississippi river offers Abe the opportunity to see and meet people he has never dreamed of. Abe s eyes are opened and he can t go back to being the boy he was before. With the help of his friends, Abe will strike out to find his own path. Obstacles wait around every river bend, and the shadow of death is never far, but nothing will stop him from becoming the...

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LadyBird & Friends
Kate Hannigan
A Lady Has the Floor


Betsy Bird will meet Kate Hannigan to answer your questions about A Lady Has The Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out For Women’s Rights 

Author Kate Hannigan will speak with Betsy Bird – and with YOU if you submit a question! This book is great to learn about American history and the very first woman to run for President, for grades 2-5, ages 7 to 1,000.

AND the illustrations by Alison Jay are to die for – very beautifully done. You will love this book even more after Kate has signed it!

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights
written by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Alison Jay
$17.95
Air Date/Time March 6, 1 pm (Central)
1st ed., 32 pages, hardcover

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights
American history for ages 7-10, grades 2-5, exile measure 780.

Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question: Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn’t let anyone stand in her way–not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this riveting nonfiction...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Joan Marie Johnson
Funding Feminism

Paul Berlanga interviewed author Joan Marie Johnson about her latest title,  Funding Feminism.

The story of how a few privileged (needless to say, white) women were able to make demands on the burgeoning Women’s Right’s Movement in exchange for money; why they chose to support the cause at all; what it meant for the Movement then and since are all discussed in this informative new work.

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Funding Feminism:
Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870–1967
by Joan Marie Johnson
$39.95
Air Date/Time: December 9, 12pm (Central)
320 pages, hardcover

How did a group of affluent white women beginning in the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advance the status of all women? Through acts of philanthropy. This cadre of activists included Phoebe Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst; Grace Dodge, granddaughter of Wall Street “Merchant Prince” William Earle Dodge; and Ava Belmont, who married into the Vanderbilt family fortune.

Motivated by their own experiences with sexism, and focusing on women’s need for economic independence, these benefactors sought to expand women’s access to higher education, promote suffrage, and champion reproductive rights – as well as to provide assistance to working-class women. In a time when women still wielded limited political power, philanthropy was perhaps the...

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James S. Pula
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps

Bjorn Skaptason spoke with James S. Pula about Under the Crescent Moon with the Xi Corps in the Civil War Vol 1: From the Defense of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-63.

Re-examining the legendarily unlucky XIth, who marched under the badge of a crescent moon, to separate fact from myth.

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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
$34.95
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 weather without adequate clothing, shoes, or provisions to help rescue a second Northern army under siege in Knoxville, Tennessee. Despite its sacrifices in the Eastern campaigns and successes in Tennessee, the reputation of the XI Corps is one of cowardice and failure. James S. Pula sets the record straight in his two-volume...

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Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

Bjorn Skaptason interviewed Paula Tarnapol Whitacre about her new book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose.

Abandoning a sad yet safe life, Julia moves to Alexandria to become a relief agent in a Union hospital during the worst of the Civil War. Through Wilbur’s diary, Whitacre is able to show exactly how the times change us and we change them back.

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A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose
By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
$32.95
Air Date/Time September 28, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 320  pages, hardcover

In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family’s farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington DC. An ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent most of the next several years in Alexandria devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers.

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur’s diaries and other primary sources into a historical narrative sending the reader back 150 years to understand a woman who was alternately brave, self-pitying, foresighted, petty—and all too human.

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre describes Wilbur’s experiences against the backdrop of Alexandria, Virginia,...

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Louis Contey & Lawrence Grimm
The Heavens Are Hung in Black

The Heavens Are Hung in Black

Daniel Weinberg spoke with actor Lawrence Grimm (Abraham Lincoln) and director Louis Contey about The Heavens Are Hung in Black, staged by Shattered Globe Theatre.  They discuss their research; and the play’s relevance to today.

The Heavens Are Jung in BlackThe play explores the months between Willie Lincoln’s death and when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Lincoln in the Bardo
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.

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...

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Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation
Proclamation and the Law of War
By Burrus M. Carnahan
$50
Air Date/Time September 19, 2016 1pm (Central)
216  pages, hardcover

In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln declared that as president he would “have no lawful right” to interfere with the institution of slavery. Yet less than two years later, he issued a proclamation intended to free all slaves throughout the Confederate states.
When critics challenged the constitutional soundness of the act, Lincoln pointed to the international laws and usages of war as the legal basis for his Proclamation, asserting that the Constitution invested the president “with the law of war in time of war.” As the Civil War intensified, the Lincoln administration slowly and reluctantly accorded full belligerent rights to the Confederacy under the law of war. This...

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A House Divided Welcomes
Mark Zwonitzer

The Statesman and the Storyteller

Due to a scheduling conflict, the author was unable to come to the show. We are selling the 1st edition copies; without the author’s signature.

Mark Zwonitzer’s The Statesman and the Storyteller examines the relationship between Mark Twain and John Hay.

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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 not only provides an intimate look into the daily lives of these men but also creates an elucidating portrait of the United States on the verge of emerging as a world power.

And just as the narrative details the wisdom, and the occasional missteps, of two great men during a tumultuous...

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