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 Signed the United States Constitution. You can follow today’s History in 5 Friday author on Twitter @DeniseKiernan, and visit her online at DeniseKiernan.com, or GirlsofAtomicCity.com. To meet the British counterparts to the Girls of Atomic City — the code breaking WRENS who cracked the riddle of Hitler’s Enigma machine — visit Bletchley Park Trust online, and subscribe to the Bletchley Park Podcast on iTunes or Audioboom. And remember to subscribe to the History Author Show on iTunes, like our iHeartRadio page, or make us appointment listening on your Android device, so you don’t miss an installment of History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 8:04 — 7.4MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android…

H5F: Doris Kearns Goodwin – The Bully Pulpit

July 29, 2016 – Today we’re going to hear from popular historian and frequent TV news guest, Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her latest book is, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. She previously touched on the extended Roosevelt family twenty years ago, writing No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II, for which she was awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History. The New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, Time, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and others named The Bully Pulpit as One of the Best Books of the Year, and the Associated Press said it’s “a tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue.” Remember to subscribe to the History Author Show on iTunes, like our iHeartRadio page, or make us appointment listening on your Android device, so you don’t miss an installment of History in Five Friday.   It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:20 — 5.8MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

H5F: James Shapiro – Henry Clay Folger: History’s Biggest Shakespeare Fan

July 22, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Today, we meet lifelong Shakespeare fan, industrialist Henry Clay Folger, who founded the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. to serve as the leading western research and education center on the famous playwright. We have a familiar passenger in our time machine: James Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He’s the author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare, and The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. You can hear our interview (recorded in the shadow of Shakespeare’s Central Park statue), wherever you enjoy our show. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:08 — 2.0MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

H5F: T.H. Breen – George Washington’s Journey

July 15, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. Today, author Timothy H. Breen hits the road to trace the route of our first president. His book is George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation. Aware of the fragile and fractured nature of the new republic after independence, Washington resolves — in a day without maps or roads worthy of the name — to take the federal government to the people. And he stays not in the finest homes, but simple inns. You can enjoy the interview on George Washington’s Journey whenever you enjoy our show, or stream it at HistoryAuthor.com. Mr. Breen can be found on Twitter @TimothyHBreen. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:34 — 3.3MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Stephen Coss – Smallpox: The Deadliest Disease

July 1, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. Today, author Stephen Coss discusses the first disease mankind wiped off the face of the earth: The scourge of Smallpox. Stephen’s debut book is The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic that Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics. In it, we meet historical figures including the young Franklin laboring at his brother’s newspaper, and the Reverend Cotton Mather, seeking redemption from the debacle Salem Witch Trials by evangelizing for the scientific technique of inoculation against strenuous opposition. You can enjoy our full interview on The Fever of 1721 whenever you enjoy our show, or stream it at HistoryAuthor.com. Today’s guest can be found @Coss1Coss on Twitter, or visit him at StephenCoss.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:02 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | 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: iTunes | 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: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Andrew Nagorski – Hitlerland, The Nazi Hunters

June 10, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. Today, award-winning journalist and author Andrew Nagorski casts a fresh look back at the great evil of Nazi Germany, in his critically acclaimed Hitlerland, and now on shelves: The Nazi Hunters. How do we deal with the legacy of everyday Germans, who turned to monstrous acts? What do we owe to the World War Two generation and Holocaust survivors as they pass away? And what were the conflicts in vision among those who hunted Nazi war criminals themselves as they conducted their searches? You can follow today’s author on Twitter @AndrewNagorski or visit him at AndrewNagorski.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:06 — 3.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | 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: iTunes | 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: iTunes | Android | RSS | More