H5F: Matthew Hart – Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal

February 26, 2016 – Today’s history author, Matthew Hart, brings us…gold.  No, he’s not making us rich.  It’s the title of his latest book: Gold: the Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal.  It follows in the footsteps of his previous book: Diamond – The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:22 — 5.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Michael Shelden – Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

February 19, 2016 – Today’s history author, Michael Shelden, is the author of Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill. You may recall hearing praise for Young Titan in our interview with Simon Read, author of Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent. The Greatest Briton’s early life is often overlooked, with people understandably focusing on the image of him as a heroic figure, standing on the White Cliffs of Dover, shaking his fist in defiance at Hitler across the channel. But Churchill’s path of destiny was not a straight one. What can the way he dealt with the many bumps and curves in the road, teach us about how to deal with adversity in our own lives? For more on the Greatest Briton life before greatness, you can also hear us catch up with Sir Winston’s great-grandson, Jonathan Sandys, as he discusses the future Prime Minister’s youthful sense of destiny in: God & Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five every Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:51…

H5F: John Taliaferro – All the Great Prizes

February 12, 2016 – Today’s author, John Taliaferro, pans the camera lens of history just to the side of two great American presidents to focus on a man who worked for both. The book is All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt. John Hay may not be a name that jumps out at people today, but he had a front-row seat with Abraham Lincoln in the early 1860s, and Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900s. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:18 — 6.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: David Maraniss – Vince Lombardi

February 5, 2016 – On this Friday before Super Bowl 50, we’re going to focus on the name etched into the victory trophy: Lombardi. Best-selling author and historian David Maraniss shares five key facts about the NFL’s greatest coach from his biography, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. If you’d like to hear more about the history of football this Super Bowl week, catch our interview with John J. Miller, author of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football. It’s the story of how the Rough Rider reformed the game, at a time when — as with today’s concerns about concussions — some were calling to ban the pigskin pastime. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:44 — 4.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Richard Rhodes – The Spanish Civil War

January 29, 2016 – Today’s history author, Richard Rhodes, has edited or authored several history books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction. His most recent book is Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made. The fighting took place from 1936 to 1939, and so is often lost in the catastrophe of World War Two. But the Spanish Civil War featured many of the same players, and some names from literature that may surprise you. In many ways, Spain’s fighting set the stage for the carnage that was to engulf the world in flames. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend, with people from the past… Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:51 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Andrew D. Kaufman – Give War and Peace a Chance

January 22, 2016 – Today’s history author, Andrew D. Kaufman, author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times. He’s going to share how, incredibly, one of the greatest works of fiction in history… almost didn’t happen. Fortunately, Leo Tolstoy married the right woman, and she helped him in ways nobody else could have. You can also follow today’s guest on Twitter @AndrewDKaufman. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:54 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Ulysses S. Grant

January 15, 2016 – Today’s history author, Jean Edward Smith, author of Grant, discusses the life and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant, from great disappointments and outright failures, to Civil War battlefields and, ultimately, the White House. The book bears a single word, the name of a modest man who became a legend. Grant.  Frederick Douglas called him “the last of the radicals” and he wrote memoirs so beautiful that critics have called them some of the most beautiful works in the English language. In this week’s episode, Jean Edward Smith shares with us five things you need to know about General Grant. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:13 — 3.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: How FDR Defied Polio

January 8, 2016 – Today, James Tobin — winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography — shares one of the greatest stories of defiance and overcoming infirmity in: The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency. When polio robbed Franklin Delano Roosevelt of his legs at age 39, the conventional wisdom agreed that his political career was over. Certainly nobody thought he’d rise to the office of his distant cousin, Eleanor’s uncle Theodore Roosevelt. But Roosevelt kept trying treatments, methods and exercises to cope with his disability — a method of never giving up and continuing to try that helped him confront the Great Depression, and the Second World War. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:08 — 5.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Barry Strauss, Why Murder Caesar?

December 18, 2015 – Today, author Barry Strauss explores the political, military, and social motivations behind history’s most famous murder. Mr. Strauss is professor of history and classics at Cornell University, and a leading expert on ancient military history. Visit him @BarryStrauss on Twitter or at BarryStrauss.com. And don’t miss our full interview on his book, The Death of Caesar, when we upload it on December 21, 2015. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:43 — 5.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Dianne Hales – Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

December 11, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Today, author Dianne Hales reveals the woman immortalized by the great master, Leonardo Da Vinci. Everybody remembers Mona Lisa’s smile, and has seen her face, but no one knew her full story — until now. You can find Dianne Hales on Twitter @DMHales, at Facebook.com/MonaLisaALifeDiscovered, or by visiting MonaLisaBook.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:44 — 6.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More