September 26, 2016 – This week, our time machine spins us back to Boer War in the twilight of the 19th Century, when the republics that preceded today’s South Africa fought the British Empire over gold and diamonds. While there, we’ll see a familiar face from World War Two forty years later. The name Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill invokes the balding, cigar-chomping, British bulldog who stared down Hitler across the En...

September 19, 2016 – This week, our time machine makes a return visit to 1870s, to check back in on Union Pacific Railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant, and his children, William and Ella. We first met the Durants when we chatted about Sheila Myers’ novel, Imaginary Brightness, as they had their comfortable lives in London shattered by a Gilded Age economic panic. Book 2, Castles in the Air, finds William Durant as the uneasy head o...

September 12, 2016 – It’s important to actually walk the earth where a given historical event occurred. This week, we’ll do just that at the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park & Paoli Memorial Grounds, just under an hour west of Philadelphia. Our guide is Jim Christ, vice president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. The Battle of Paoli, also called “The Paoli Massacre,” unfolded at midnight on Septembe...

September 5, 2016 – This week, our time machine turns team bus, as we head back not so far into history, to the late ’80s and early ’90s, when your humble host was on the football field — at least at pregame and halftime — for the Cresskill High School marching band, and as a member of Rutgers University’s Marching Scarlet Knights: The Pride of New Jersey. Rutgers won the very first football game in 1869, bu...

August 29, 2016 – In this episode, our time machine sets sail in the aftermath of World War Two, on a mission to feed the hungry that endures to this day, through Heifer International — those folks who help you give the gift of livestock. It’s a storybook for kids called The Seagoing Cowboy, and it tells the story of the ships that once carried weapons and soldiers, turning to humanitarian cargo: Livestock, farmers, teachers ...

Aug 22, 2016 – For this episode, our time machine takes us back to the aftermath of the First World War, where we’ll visit a defeated member of the Central Powers that targets ethnic minorities for wholesale slaughter. It’s not Nazi Germany, but Ottoman Turkey — in the final chapter of their genocide against Greeks, Armenians and other Christians, that the nation denies to this day. Our guest, Lou Ureneck, is a professo...

August 15, 2016 – This week, we follow the journey of the men and women who — in the aftermath of World War Two in Europe — dedicated themselves to visiting justice upon Hitler’s Henchmen. Veteran author and foreign correspondent Andrew Nagorski brings us these stories in The Nazi Hunters, stripping away the myths and caricatures of popular fiction. The book is also an implicit call to action, breathing life into the ph...

August 8, 2016 – This week, our time machine whisks us back to meet the great master, Michelangelo: Sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer. He was also the original brooding artist, who for the first time connected the artist to the work, a link we consider essential today. Our guide is Miles J. Unger, here to explore what the great artist is whispering to us across the centuries with his new book, Michelangelo: A Life in Six M...

August 5, 2016 – Today, we’re going to hear from author, journalist and producer Denise Kiernan. Her latest book is, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. Kiernan is the author of several history books, including Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence, and Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the U...

August 3, 2016 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly. For almost a year now, we’ve brought you ancient wisdom for modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. But today — the History Author Show’s 1st Anniversary, August 3, 2016 — represents our last midweek installment. While Van Bryan will lend his voice to future episodes, he’s focusing on all th...

EPISODES

Candice Millard – Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

September 26, 2016 – This week, our time machine spins us back to Boer War in the twilight of the 19th Century, when the republics that preceded today’s South Africa fought the British Empire over gold and diamonds. While there, we’ll see a familiar face from World War Two forty years later. The name Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill invokes the balding, cigar-chomping, British bulldog who stared down Hitler acr...

Sheila Myers – Castles in the Air: Book 2 of the Durant Family Trilogy

September 19, 2016 – This week, our time machine makes a return visit to 1870s, to check back in on Union Pacific Railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant, and his children, William and Ella. We first met the Durants when we chatted about Sheila Myers’ novel, Imaginary Brightness, as they had their comfortable lives in London shattered by a Gilded Age economic panic. Book 2, Castles in the Air, finds William Durant as the une...

Jim Christ – Paoli Battlefield, Site of the 1777 Paoli Massacre

September 12, 2016 – It’s important to actually walk the earth where a given historical event occurred. This week, we’ll do just that at the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park & Paoli Memorial Grounds, just under an hour west of Philadelphia. Our guide is Jim Christ, vice president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. The Battle of Paoli, also called “The Paoli Massacre,” unfolded at midnight o...

S.C. Gwynne – The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football

September 5, 2016 – This week, our time machine turns team bus, as we head back not so far into history, to the late ’80s and early ’90s, when your humble host was on the football field — at least at pregame and halftime — for the Cresskill High School marching band, and as a member of Rutgers University’s Marching Scarlet Knights: The Pride of New Jersey. Rutgers won the very first football game i...

Peggy Reiff Miller – The Seagoing Cowboy

August 29, 2016 – In this episode, our time machine sets sail in the aftermath of World War Two, on a mission to feed the hungry that endures to this day, through Heifer International — those folks who help you give the gift of livestock. It’s a storybook for kids called The Seagoing Cowboy, and it tells the story of the ships that once carried weapons and soldiers, turning to humanitarian cargo: Livestock, farmers,...

Lou Ureneck – Smyrna, September 1922 – The American Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide

Aug 22, 2016 – For this episode, our time machine takes us back to the aftermath of the First World War, where we’ll visit a defeated member of the Central Powers that targets ethnic minorities for wholesale slaughter. It’s not Nazi Germany, but Ottoman Turkey — in the final chapter of their genocide against Greeks, Armenians and other Christians, that the nation denies to this day. Our guest, Lou Ureneck, is ...

Andrew Nagorski – The Nazi Hunters

August 15, 2016 – This week, we follow the journey of the men and women who — in the aftermath of World War Two in Europe — dedicated themselves to visiting justice upon Hitler’s Henchmen. Veteran author and foreign correspondent Andrew Nagorski brings us these stories in The Nazi Hunters, stripping away the myths and caricatures of popular fiction. The book is also an implicit call to action, breathing life i...

Miles J. Unger – Michelangelo
Art

August 8, 2016 – This week, our time machine whisks us back to meet the great master, Michelangelo: Sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer. He was also the original brooding artist, who for the first time connected the artist to the work, a link we consider essential today. Our guide is Miles J. Unger, here to explore what the great artist is whispering to us across the centuries with his new book, Michelangelo: A Lif...

H5F: Denise Kiernan – The Girls of Atomic City

August 5, 2016 – Today, we’re going to hear from author, journalist and producer Denise Kiernan. Her latest book is, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. Kiernan is the author of several history books, including Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence, and Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Si...

CWW: Aristotle and the Case for Hate

August 3, 2016 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly. For almost a year now, we’ve brought you ancient wisdom for modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. But today — the History Author Show’s 1st Anniversary, August 3, 2016 — represents our last midweek installment. While Van Bryan will lend his voice to future episodes, he’s focusing...