CWW: American Founding Fathers and the Classics

July 6, 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 not believe it, but if it weren’t for Cicero, the United States might never have broken away from England. And if it weren’t for the philosopher, Epicurus,  it is possible that Thomas Jefferson might never have put ink to parchment and penned the words, “…that all men are created equal.” That’s right, dear listener, we are going to find out just how the classics inspired the creation of America. 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: 7:46 — 7.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Sidney Blumenthal – Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

June 24, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. Today’s guest — journalist and political aide Sidney Blumenthal — casts a look back at the marriage of the Great Emancipator, and the woman who stood at his side. Through sickness, breakdowns, the Civil War, and loss, how did this couple endure? Blumenthal is the author of the book, A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849. 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: 2:30 — 2.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Clint Hill – Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

June 17, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Today, author Clint Hill shares his eyewitness accounts and recollections during his time on the Secret Service detail of our commanders-in-chief. The book is titled, Five Presidents My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. Mr. Hill previously joined us to discuss his time as the Secret Service agent assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy on the day JFK was shot. He’s the man seen leaping onto the back of the car after the fatal shots rang out in Dealey Plaza. He tells that story in his previous book, Five Days in November, a follow-up on his previous recollections in the #1 New York Times best-seller, Mrs. Kennedy and Me. You can follow today’s guest on Twitter @ClintHill_SS or check out ClintHillSecretService.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:36 — 3.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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

H5F: Sidney Blumenthal – A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln

May 27, 2016 –  It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. While it’s no secret that Abraham Lincoln didn’t have an idyllic childhood, today’s guest — journalist and political aide Sidney Blumenthal — noticed something in particular about young Lincoln’s experience that might have impacted the way he perceived and spoke about slavery. Blumenthal is the author of the book, A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849. 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: 2:38 — 2.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Feather Foster — Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas

May 9, 2016 – In this episode, our time machine door opens into the wardrobe of our First Ladies, that Narnia of fashion that trends back to the very first days of our republic, when the role of the president’s wife had — like the role of the president himself — yet to be defined. Our valet is Feather Schwartz Foster, a presidential historian who focuses on our First Ladies from Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower. She’s here to share fun and little known stories from her new book: Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas: And Other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet. You can find her @FeatherSFoster on Twitter, or at FeatherFoster.com, where you can sample a free chapter from today’s book. Also discussed in today’s episode, a sneak peek at our summertime read: Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore: Clam Shuckers, Social Reformers and Summer Sojourners.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 50:16 — 46.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Daniel L. Mallock – Agony and Eloquence

April 25, 2016 – In this episode, we’ll step through the Guardian of Forever and meet two founding fathers who were best friends, then bitter enemies, and finally friends again: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third presidents of the United States, and the first and second vice presidents. Our guide on this journey is Daniel L. Mallock, and his book is Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution. Daniel L. Mallock grew up within walking distance of Peacefield, John and Abigail Adams’ home in Massachusetts, and was also a member of the Quincy Historical Society in the Bay State. You may have seen his previous history work in North and South. But if not, check out his website: DanielMallock.com. And if you’re going to be in the New England area this summer, catch Dan at Bunker Hill Day, June 17, 2016, where he’ll speak about “John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the Other Revolution” at the Adams National Historic Park in Quincy, Massachusetts.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 58:10 — 53.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Fergus Bordewich – The First Congress

April 15, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Our guest is Fergus Bordewich , and his book is, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. It’s the monumental story of the most productive Congress in US history, in 1789–1791, which we first explored with Fergus in our recent interview, which you can still find at HistoryAuthor.com, iTunes, iHeartRadio, or wherever you’re listening. Mr. Fergus Bordewich is the author of six previous books including, America’s Great Debate — Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and The Compromise that Preserved the Union, Washington: The Making of the American Capital, and Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America. You learn more about these and his other titles at FergusBordewich.com. 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: 4:09 — 3.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Fergus Bordewich – The First Congress

April 4, 2016 – Today, our time machine is whisking us back to the very earliest days of America’s republic. Our guest is Fergus Bordewich , and his book is, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. It’s the untold story of the most productive Congress in US history, in 1789–1791. Mr. Fergus Bordewich is the author of six previous books including, America’s Great Debate — Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and The Compromise that Preserved the Union, Washington: The Making of the American Capital, and Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America. You learn more about these and his other titles at FergusBordewich.com.           Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:53 — 44.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Don Glickstein – After Yorktown

March 21, 2016 – Today, we time-travel back to the times after the times that tried men’s souls. The date is October 19, 1781, and a combined French and rebel force defeats the Redcoats at the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia. But contrary to two centuries of grade school and academic histories, the war for independence didn’t end with the surrender of General Cornwallis’s sword. The fighting dragged on for men like George Washington, Horatio Nelson, Lafayette, and Hyder Ali. This was a world war, with fighting from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, and the Arctic to the coast of Sri Lanka. We learn about the men who kept fighting in Don Glickstein’s debut book, After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence. Don is an award-winning journalist and former political press secretary. You can read more about his work — and see some fun cartoons — at DonGlickstein.com. We also mentioned Fergus Bordewich’s book, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 53:33 — 49.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More