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Ken Krimstein
The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

Dan Weinberg interviews author Ken Krimstein, New Yorker cartoonist and author of the new graphic novel The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth. Ask a question live and order a signed book, or just enjoy the interview.

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth
by Ken Krimstein
$28
Air Date/Time September 25, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages, hardcover, Bloomsbury

One of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a hero of political thought, the largely unsung and often misunderstood Hannah Arendt is best known for her landmark 1951 book on openness in political life, The Origins of Totalitarianism, which, with its powerful and timely lessons for today, has become newly relevant.

She led an extraordinary life. This was a woman who endured Nazi persecution firsthand, survived harrowing “escapes” from country to country in Europe, and befriended such luminaries as Walter Benjamin and Mary McCarthy, in a world inhabited by everyone from Marc Chagall and Marlene Dietrich to Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. A woman who finally had...

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Ace Smith
The Pitcher and The Dictator

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Ace Smith about his new book, The Pitcher and the Dictator: Satchel Paige’s Unlikely Season in the Dominican Republic.

The Pitcher and the Dictator
by Ace Smith
$26.95
Air Date/Time April 20, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages, hardcover

Satchel Paige’s Unlikely Season in the Dominican Republic

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country’s dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn’t so easy. After Paige and his friends arrived on the island, they found themselves under the thumb of Trujillo, known by Dominicans for murdering those who disappointed him.

In the initial games, the Ciudad Trujillo all-star team floundered. Living outside the shadow of segregation, Satchel...

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Nina Barrett
The Leopold and Loeb Files

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Submit your questions in the comments and order a signed book below!

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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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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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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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Gail Lukasik
White Like Her

Libby Hellmann interviewed author Gail Lukasik, a mystery author who has published a non-fiction book about the biggest mystery of all – her own family.

After an appearance on the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow, Lukasik found herself searching for the family of her mother she never knew – the family her mother kept secret because they were black.

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White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing
By Gail Lukasik
$22.99
Air Date/Time December 8, 3 pm CST
1st ed., hardcover, 316 p.

Gail’s journey of self-discovery and redemption begins with her appearance on PBS Genealogy Roadshow. Introducing herself with the words “I’m a mystery author who’s never been able to solve my own family mystery”, she learns in a very public way the very private history her mother kept secret.

In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to “pass” as white, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to...

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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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Laura Caldwell
Anatomy of Innocence

Solved! host and mystery author Libby Hellmann talks to editor/author Laura Caldwell about her latest look at wrongful convictions featuring best-selling authors writing about true crimes and punishment.

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted
edited by Laura Caldwell
$26.95
Air Date/Time October 25, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 304p., hardcover

Recalling the great muckrakers of the past, an outraged team of America’s best-selling writers unite to confront the disasters of wrongful convictions.

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers―including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan―while another exoneree’s case is explored in a previously unpublished...

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