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Stranger Than Fiction
Nina Barrett
The Leopold and Loeb Files

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Dan Weinberg interviews author Nina Barrett about her newest titleThe Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes .

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The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes
by Nina Barrett
$35.00
Air Date/Time: August 14, 3 pm (Central)
302 pages, hardcover, Agate Midway

In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next—the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks—would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. As the decades passed, the mythology surrounding the unlikely killers continued to capture the interest of new generations, spawning numerous books, fictionalizations, and dramatizations.

In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources—confessions, interrogation transcripts, psychological reports, and more—the kind of rare, pre-computer court documents that were usually destroyed as a matter of course. Until...

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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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Michael Burlingame
Sixteenth President-In-Waiting

Sixteenth President In Waiting

Daniel Weinberg  interviews author Michael Burlingame about his new book, Sixteenth President-In-Waiting. This book examines the three months between Lincoln’s election and inauguration through the impressions of full-time  journalist, Henry Villard.  Burlingame has collected all of his dispatches in one insightful and informative volume.

Sixteenth President In Waiting

Sixteenth President-In-Waiting: Abraham Lincoln and the Springfield Dispatches of Henry Villard, 1860-1861
by Michael Burlingame
$45.00
Air Date/Time June 8, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 407 pages, hardcover, Signed on Bookplate

Between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and his departure for Washington three months later, journalist Henry Villard sent scores of dispatches from Springfield, Illinois, to various newspapers describing the president-elect’s doings, quoting or paraphrasing his statements, chronicling events in the Illinois capital, and analyzing the city’s mood. Michael Burlingame has collected all of these dispatches in one insightful and informative volume.

Best known as a successful nineteenth-century railroad promoter and financier, German-born Henry Villard (1835–1900) was also among the most conscientious and able journalists of the 1860s. The dispatches gathered in this volume constitute the most intensive journalistic coverage that Lincoln ever received, for Villard...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Joan Dejean
The Queen’s Embroiderer

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Paul Berlanga interviews author Joan Dejean about her latest historical treasure-hunt The Queen’s Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis.

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The Queen’s Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis
by Joan Dejean
$30.00
Air Date/Time: May 24, 12:30 pm (Central)
400 pages, hardcover

From the author of How Paris Became Paris, a sweeping history of high finance, the origins of high fashion, and a pair of star-crossed lovers in 18th-century France.

Paris, 1719. The stock market is surging and the world’s first millionaires are buying everything in sight. Against this backdrop, two families, the Magoulets and the Chevrots, rose to prominence only to plummet in the first stock market crash. One family built its name on the burgeoning financial industry, the other as master embroiderers for Queen Marie-Thérèse and her husband, King Louis XIV. Both patriarchs were ruthless money-mongers, determined to strike it rich by arranging marriages for their children.

But...

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Craig Symonds
World War II at Sea

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Daniel Weinberg interviews author Craig Symonds about his latest historical work, World War II at Sea.

World War II at Sea
by Craig Symonds
$34.95
Air Date/Time May 5, 12 pm (Central)
1st ed., 792 pages, hardcover

Opening with the 1930 London Conference, Symonds shows how any limitations on naval warfare would become irrelevant before the decade was up, as Europe erupted into conflict once more and its navies were brought to bear against each other. World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the “miracle” evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway fjords; Mussolini’s Regia Marina-at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world-and the dominance of the Kidö Butai and Japanese naval power in the...

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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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Solved!
Melanie Benjamin
The Girls In The Picture

Libby Hellmann will speak with New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin about her newest novel  The Girls In The Picture.

Hollywood in its infancy had many of the same frustrations women in film face today – but for star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion, no man can stop them.

Viewers are welcome to submit questions for the author in advance – and order a signed book to be sent to your home!

The Girls In The Picture
by Melanie Benjamin
$28.00
Air Date/Time: February 22, 3:00pm (Central)
448p, hardcover

It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their...

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Timothy Mason Roberts
This Infernal War

Bjorn Skaptason interviews editor Timothy Mason Roberts  about his new book, This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard.
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This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard
edited by Timothy Mason Roberts
$38.95
Air Date/Time February 2, 3 PM (Central)
1st ed., 376., hardcover

The anti-war love letters of a Copperhead soldier and his wife…

Among collections of letters written between American soldiers and their spouses, the Civil War correspondence of William and Jane Standard stands out for conveying the complexity of the motives and experiences of Union soldiers and their families. The Standards – of Lewiston in Fulton County, Illinois – were antiwar Copperheads. Their attitudes toward Abraham Lincoln, “Black Republicans,” and especially African Americans are, frankly, troubling to modern readers. Scholars who argue that the bulk of Union soldiers left their families and went to war to champion republican government or to wipe out slavery will have to account for...

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Sujata Massey
The Widows of Malabar Hill

Libby Hellmann will speak with award-winning author Sujata Massey about her newest woman Detective working in 1920’s Bombay in  The Widows of Malabar Hill.

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The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey
$26.95
Air Date/Time: January 10, 3:30pm (Central)
400p, hardcover

1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows… when the case takes a turn toward the murderous.

The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine. 

Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth.

Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford,...

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Donna Seaman
Identity Unknown

Roberta Rubin interviews author Donna Seaman about her newest release Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Where are all the women artists? Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven women forgotten by the official texts. Featuring stunning examples of the artists’ work, Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face.

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A House Divided
Walter Stahr
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary

Daniel Weinberg speaks with Walter Stahr about Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary. 

Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book is the first major biography of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.

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Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary
By Walter Stahr
$35.00
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 impeachment of an American president without understanding Stanton.

Walter Stahr’s STANTON truly restores this complicated figure to his proper place in American history and “should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come” (Kirkus, starred review).

 

About the Author
Walter Stahr is the author of the New York Times...

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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
$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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