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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. Order your signed copy today. 

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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David Garrow
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

Rising Star

Daniel Weinberg talked with David Garrow about Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of the iconic president.  Order your signed copy today.

 

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 at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the U.S. Senate; four years later he would make history as America’s first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J....

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Algren: A Life

Algren: A Life

Paul Berlanga talked with Mary Wisniewski about her critically acclaimed book, Algren: A Life.

This is a fresh look at the man whose unique style and compassionate message enchanted readers and fellow writers. Order your signed copy today. 

Algren: A Life

Algren: A Life
By Mary Wisniewski
$30.00
Air Date/Time January 17,  6pm  (Central)
1st ed., Cloth, with dj.

A tireless champion of the downtrodden, Nelson Algren, one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century, lived an outsider’s life himself. He spent a month in prison as a young man for the theft of a typewriter; his involvement in Marxist groups earned him a lengthy FBI dossier; and he spent much of his life palling around with the sorts of drug addicts, prostitutes, and poor laborers who inspired and populated his novels and short stories.

Most today know Algren as the radical, womanizing writer of The Man with the Golden Arm, which won the first National Book Award, in 1950, but award-winning reporter Mary Wisniewski offers a deeper portrait. Starting with his childhood in the City of...

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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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James Lee McDonough

William Tecumseh Sherman

James Lee McDonough talks about his latest book, William Tecumseh Sherman: In The Service of My Country: A Life. This is major new biography of one of America’s most storied military figures. Order Your Signed, 1st ed Copy at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. 

 

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 plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War’s most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail.

Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war’s swift end by...

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