Rinker Buck – The Oregon Trail (Paperback Interview)

June 6, 2016 – Today, our time machine heads back to our show’s past, serving up a special, all-new paperback interview with a familiar voice. Back in August of 2015, we kicked off the show with the words, “Three mules, two brothers, and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl.” Our guest was Rinker Buck, and his book — The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey — recounted the trek he made with his brother Nick in a covered wagon, two thousand miles from Missouri to the great American Northwest. In the months since hitting shelves, The Oregon Trail has wended its way up the New York Times best-seller list to #1, and Amazon.com named it the best non-fiction book of 2015. When completing the first mule-powered crossing of this legendary pioneer trail in over a century, Rinker met a lot of people — and he met them, in a new light, after they’d had a chance to see the enthusiastic response to how he shared their story. With the paperback edition of The Oregon Trail appearing in bookstores June 7, 2016, we thought, why not bring Rinker back to hear about his experiences on the tour following publication. After…

H5F: Rick Perlstein – The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

Jun 3, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. ` This coming Sunday, June 5th, America will mark the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s death in 2004 at the age of 93. Rick Perlstein — best-selling author of Nixonland — looks at how the destruction of the Watergate scandal shook America to its foundations, and seemed to create a new paradigm of a smaller America — only to see the Reagan Revolution’s Morning in America dawn a short six years later, following Nixon’s resignation, Gerald Ford’s pardon, and Jimmy Carter’s malaise. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan traces how the 37th president and the 40th, are connected by history. You can learn more about today’s author at RickPerlstein.com, or by following @RickPerlstein on Twitter. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people, from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:09 — 5.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

CWW: The Aeneid – The Story After Troy

June 1, 2016 –  It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. You might be familiar with the Trojan war and how the Trojan Horse swiftly put an end to the city of Troy. But what you might not know is what happened next. The Roman poet Virgil, picks up where Homer leaves off. And as we will see, he might not have had the purest intentions when putting pen to parchment to craft the epic, The Aeneid. Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:23 — 5.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More